Raiders close sea­son with Golden City draw

Deniliquin Pastoral Times - - LOCAL CLASSIES -

Moama-Echuca Bor­der Raiders’ sea­son came to an end on Sun­day, hav­ing a 1-all draw against Golden City at De­niliquin’s Rotary Park.

It was a pos­i­tive end to a tough sea­son for the Raiders’ Divi­sion Two team, which is mostly made up of De­niliquin Wan­der­ers play­ers af­ter the two clubs merged to con­test the Bendigo Am­a­teur Soc­cer League this year.

Signs were good early for the Raiders on Sun­day, with striker Bai­ley Hart find­ing the back of the net at the eight minute mark of the game.

Af­ter dom­i­nat­ing most of the play for no score, the Raiders went into half-time in front for just the sec­ond time this year.

Missed op­por­tu­ni­ties at goal would come back to haunt the home side in the sec­ond half, when a penalty was awarded to Golden City in the 67th minute.

Nick Pell lev­elled the scores with his penalty kick, swing­ing mo­men­tum Golden City’s way.

The Raiders then man­aged to hold off a danger­ous City, spend­ing much of the re­main­der of the game in their de­fen­sive half to split the premier­ship points with the vis­i­tors.

De­niliquin Wan­der­ers pres­i­dent and Raiders player Mathew Crothers said it was dis­ap­point­ing that his side couldn’t get the win.

‘‘If we had’ve taken our chances early then we would’ve won,’’ he said.

‘‘We ab­sorbed a lot of pres­sure late in the game and did well to hold them out.

‘‘We’d like to thank the Raiders for al­low­ing us to play each week.

‘‘It’s been so good to be a part of com­pe­ti­tion soc­cer again and we, as a club, are keen to be a part of it next sea­son.’’

The Raiders Divi­sion Two side fin­ished their sea­son with one win, one draw and 20 losses.

Mathew Crothers looks to break through Golden City’s de­fence on Sun­day.

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