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Pilbara News - - Front Page - Tom Zaun­mayr

Bul­garra Glory have won the 2016 Kar­ratha Districts Ju­nior Soc­cer com­pe­ti­tion with a tense 4-3 victory over Nickol.

The Glory looked to put the game away early but a late surge had the crowd on edge in the fi­nal min­utes as Nickol pushed hard but ul­ti­mately failed to level the scores.

Af­ter an end-to-end start to the game, the strong Glory mid­field be­gan to as­sert them­selves on the field , lead­ing to sev­eral lengthy pe­ri­ods of of­fen­sive pres­sure on Nickol, which started to tell.

Glory put two goals away and it could have been more had it not been for a few missed op­por­tu­ni­ties in front of goal.

Nickol’s mid­field put to­gether some good runs to­wards the back end of the half but an­other goal against the run of play had Glory go­ing into half-time with a seem­ingly unas­sail­able 3-0 lead.

A goal right af­ter half-time had the Glory play­ers in cruise con­trol and pos­si­bly with one eye on the tro­phy.

There was some gutsy de­fence from Nickol, in par­tic­u­lar left back Darcy May, who man­aged to shut down sev­eral threat­en­ing plays from Ken­ton Smiler and Jock Wal­ton and get some good clear­ances into Nickol’s at­tack­ing ar­eas.

A penalty goal to Caleb Atkin­son got Nickol on the board and from there, the boys in white started to lift.

Will Cooney can­noned a dis­tance shot into the cross­bar and fol­lowed it through to score on the re­bound, which got the Nickol sup­port­ers up on their feet.

An­other goal to Cooney, this time a guided push into the bot­tom­right cor­ner, pulled Nickol to within a goal and the im­pos­si­ble all of a sud­den looked very pos­si­ble.

Nickol kept at­tack­ing hard in the dy­ing min­utes but a lack of struc­ture and a bullish Glory de­fence ul­ti­mately cost them as the game closed out 4-3 to Glory.

Glory’s Michael Baker was named man of the match.

Pic­tures: Tom Zaun­mayr

Michael Baker opens the scor­ing for the Glory.

Jock Wal­ton takes the ball down the right wing for the Glory.

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