FMR bat­tle to claim draw

Augusta Margaret River Times - - Sport - Gary Leigh

Foot­ball Mar­garet River drew its cru­cial match against Aus­tralind at the week­end, though the women’s side and the masters had strong vic­to­ries.

Thrashed 5-0 on their last out­ing, FMR were de­ter­mined to re­turn the favour in the last home game of the sea­son, but af­ter go­ing three goals down with 30 min­utes to run, the draw was a good out­come.

Mar­garet River started well, mak­ing most of the run­ning, but pass­ing near goal let the side down many times. Aus­tralind’s speedy wingers’ “kick and run” tac­tics dom­i­nated pos­ses­sion.

Margs keeper Marin Ku­rita pulled off two fine saves, but could not con­tain the dam­age.

The River’s right-side mid­fielder Gor­don Becker got around his marker, fi­nally de­liv­er­ing a great low cross, beat­ing Aus­tralind’s keeper and leav­ing an easy tap-in for de­fender Michael Sturgess.

An­other goal from Tom Collins drew FMR closer, and with 10 min­utes to equalise, the team pushed for­ward with a care­free at­ti­tude for de­fence.

Josiah Alling­ton, play­ing as last man sweeper, got on to a cross with a loop­ing header over Aus­tralind’s stranded keeper for the draw. Both teams played out the dy­ing min­utes with­out fur­ther scor­ing.

FMR play Da­lyellup this week­end.

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