Soccer, softball and footy finals
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.
Michael Baker opens the scoring for the Glory.
Jock Walton takes the ball down the right wing for the Glory.