Abington edges earriton to move to second round
Teams that show resiliency in the playoffs are generally the ones which move on to the later stages. Abington showed that trait on the road at earriton in their District One Class AAA opener.
The Ghosts won the match O-1 despite being down 1-M and move on to play Central Bucks South in the second round on Thursday. Goalkeeper Austin Brotman and the Abington back line fuelled the victory as hyle Rocks bagged the winner late in the second half.
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