Top side in­flicts huge loss on hum­ble Raiders

The Riverine Herald - - SPORT - By Fraser Walker-Pearce

MOAMA Echuca Bor­der Raiders were sent pack­ing back to the twin towns af­ter a 0-7 drub­bing at the hands of league heavy­weight Ea­gle­hawk on Sun­day.

In its fi­nal league match of the Bendigo Am­a­teur Soc­cer League sea­son, Ea­gle­hawk showed why they are the newly-crowned cham­pi­ons in dis­patch­ing the lower-ranked Raiders.

It was a wel­come re­turn, if only a fleet­ing stay, for Ital­ian Raiders favourite Tiziano Car­bone.

But nei­ther Tiziano, nor the other 10 play­ers in green, could do enough to pro­duce a con­so­la­tion goal ei­ther side of the half-time whis­tle.

De­spite the dis­ap­point­ment of the fi­nal game’s re­sult, it is a huge im­prove­ment on the Raiders’ 2017 sea­son.

Their 15 points this year was 11 more than they could muster up yes­ter­year. And while their goal dif­fer­ence in 2017 was -194, it was a far bet­ter -50 this time around.

In other re­sults, the men’s re­serves also lost 0-7, the women’s se­niors won 4-3 and fin­ished sixth on their lad­der and the youth cham­pi­onship side won 2-1 and can con­sider them­selves un­lucky to have missed out on fi­nals.

In other grades, the un­der-14 black recorded a 3-1 win over Ep­som see­ing them into the next round of fi­nals.

Ep­som at­tacked strongly at the start but were un­able to find the net, with Noah Mundie mak­ing sev­eral ex­cel­lent saves.

Char­lie Mundie found space when a ball came his way and drove the ball past the keeper to score, while Lachie Gould was in the right spot at the right time, but could not con­vert for a sec­ond goal.

Lead­ing the match 1-0 at half-time saw an­other goal recorded in the sec­ond half when Cal­lum Shin­gles ran onto a ball from half­way, out­ran a de­fender and struck the ball into the net from in­side the penalty box.

Black took over and forced an Ep­som goal­keep­ing er­ror to go 3-0 and with the game safe. Ep­som scored a con­so­la­tion goal with a few min­utes re­main­ing.

The win sets up a match against the top side for a shot at the grand fi­nal.

The un­der-14 green side riverineherald.com.au hosted Spring Gully at home for the first of the fi­nals se­ries, and recorded a 1-0 win.

Play­ing great soc­cer all day the Raiders fought hard to earn their sec­ond half goal, scored by Alec Col­turi in the 54th minute.

The un­der-14 green side now has a great chance of sil­ver­ware as they go into the grand fi­nal in two weeks time in Ep­som.

The un­der-16 Raiders de­feated the Ep­som Stingers 3-2 in their first fi­nals game.

A tough first half saw the young Raiders down 0-2 with work left to do.

A re­group saw the Raiders push hard to in­crease the in­ten­sity of play, re­sult­ing in a 58th minute Josh Bavich goal.

Austin Li­na­han lev­elled the tie at 66 min­utes with a mag­nif­i­cent goal.

Raiders wanted the game more and with 15 min­utes to play, Andrew Martin sealed the game with the fi­nal goal.

They now head to the grand fi­nal in Ep­som on Satur­day Septem­ber 22.

MURRAY FOOT­BALL LEAGUE MFL

Semi fi­nals

Se­niors Nu­murkah ................................... 6.2, 12.4, 14.5, 16.7 (103) Co­bram........................................ 1.0, 3.3, 7.7, 11.8 ( 74)

GOALS, Nu­murkah: B. Gun­ning 5, B. Vas­sal 4, N. Hicks 3, G. Gal­lus, J. Fulton, M. Her­lihy, M. Price. Co­bram: D. Mc­Cor­mack 3, A. Decicco 2, A. King 2, S. Gem­mill, T. Scott, T. Baden, N. Cly­des­dale.

BeEST, Nu­murkah: B. Gun­ning, B. Vas­sal, B. Sut­ton, M. Her­lihy, L. McKe­own, J. War­ren. Co­bram: T. Scott, A. King, S. Gem­mill, T. Baden, I. Ar­tavilla, C. John­ston. Rum­balara.............................. 6.3, 12.8, 14.12, 19.16 (130) Fin­ley....................................... 0.1, 3.2, 7. 5, 10.11 ( 71)

GOALS, Rum­balara: J. Atkin­son 4, J. Wan­ga­neen 4, D. Why­man 3, V. Tuifao 3, L. Power, C. Mahoney, M. John­stone 1, K. Atkin­son, K. Wise. Fin­ley: T. McKen­zie 4, M. Wilson 2, S. Kable 2, S. Sher­wen, N. Robert­son.

BEST, Rum­balara: J. Sorgel, N. Ter­lich, C. McCart­ney, V. Tuifao, D. Pat­ten, J. Ter­lich. Fin­ley: L. Mid­dle­ton, L. Hawkins, T. McKen­zie, L. Small, T. McCar­ney, M. Wilson.

Re­serves Echuca United .................................. 4.3, 5.7, 8.9, 11.9 (75) Ba­rooga............................................. 2.2, 6.3, 7.3, 11.4 (70)

GOALS, Echuca United: A. De­dini 2, Z. Mol­luso 2, R. Morgan, W. O’Sul­li­van, C. Brown, M. Lourey, M. Re­tal­lick, S. Toul­min, S. Simp­son. Ba­rooga: S. Macheda 2, N. Bac­chetto 2, R. Gow 2, B. Jack 2, B. Mc­Neill, B. Neal, C. Brooks.

BEST, Echuca United: A. De­dini, S. Simp­son, S. Toul­min, R. Hill, M. Re­tal­lick, R. Morgan. Ba­rooga: B. Neal, W. Robin­son, T. Steers, B. Mc­Neill, C. Sud­holz, S. Macheda. Mul­wala ........................................... 1.1, 5.4, 7.8, 11.18 (84) Rum­balara....................................... 3.3, 6.3, 6.7, 6. 7 (43)

GOALS, Mul­wala: A. Rouel 2, A. M. Dun­stan 2, J. Wilson 2, W. Den­nis, C. O’Neill, B. Nixon, C. Magher, T. Dow, Rum­balara: G. We­ston 4, T. Lloyd, A. Miller.

BEST, Mul­wala: T. Dow, B. Nixon, A. Rouel, J. Weir, R. Wilson, W. Den­nis. Rum­balara: T. Hunter, G. We­ston, J. Ba­gin­ski, T. Lloyd, M. Clarke, A. Miller.

Un­der-17 Nu­murkah ......................................... 2.3, 6.6, 8.7, 11.7 (73) Ton­gala ............................................. 2.1, 2.4, 3.7, 6.7 (43)

GOALS, Nu­murkah: Z. McKe­own 2, J. Hol­lands 2, R. Ca­son 2, B. Roberts 2, S. Neale, B. Millen, Ton­gala : B. Nevett, M. Cow­ley, M. Wat­son, R. Souter, S. Cipri­ani, H. Reid.

BEST, Nu­murkah: J. Holmes, R. Ca­son, W. Seabrook, Z. McKe­own, K. Roberts, C. Lester. Ton­gala : Z. Jag­gers, E. Gil­lie, D. Waas­dorp, B. Nevett, H. Reid. Fin­ley................................................... 2.1, 6.3, 6.4, 6.7 (43) Congupna ........................................... 1.1, 1.1, 3.2, 4.4 (28)

GOALS, Fin­ley: M. An­der­son 4, T. Klein­schmidt, N. Lunn. Congupna: J. Zausa 2, P. Ja­cob­son, B. Gee.

BEST, Fin­ley: L. Bram­ley, M. An­der­son, N. Lunn, L. Kerr, L. Os­borne, C. Wright. Congupna: P. Ja­cob­son, J. Shan­non, B. Gee, J. Gee, B. Poole, H. Ring.

Un­der-14 Fin­ley................................................... 3.0, 4.1, 6.2, 8.5 (53) Echuca United .................................... 3.0, 3.3, 4.3, 7.5 (47)

GOALS, Fin­ley: J. Brain 2, L. Web­ster, T. Loomes, R. Ha­mann, A. Ma­son, J. Armer, J. Hay. Echuca United: T. Hay 2, R. Smith, J. Tay­lor, C. Camp­bell, M. Childs, D. Pur­brick.

BEST, Fin­ley: A. Ma­son, E. Sut­ton, R. Ha­mann, J. Ogilvie, T. Loomes, L. Web­ster. Echuca United: M. Childs, O. Poole, D. Pur­brick, M. Har­ris, M. Boyd, T. Hay. Nu­murkah ....................................... 2.6, 4.7, 8.10, 8.10 (58) Moama............................................. 0.0, 0.3, 1. 3, 4 .9 (33)

GOALS, Nu­murkah: D. Eb­born 4, F. Jones, M. Hodg­son, R. McPher­son, K. War­rin, Moama: N. Tom­lin­son, N. Lang­borne, D. Bruns, L. Hewes.

BEST, Nu­murkah: K. War­rin, P. Millen, K. O’Dwyer, F. Pen­berthy, F. Jones, R. Collins. Moama: L. Caine, D. Jar­dine, G. Hope, D. Bruns, R. Keam, J. Gil­li­van.

GOAL SCORER: Moama Echuca Bor­der Raiders un­der 16 player Cal­lum Shin­gles strides for­ward against Ep­som on the week­end.

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