Port’s pressing strategy unravels
A spectacular goal was of little consolation to Port Albany in a hard-to-swallow loss against Great Southern Grammar in the Albany Junior Soccer Association under-18 competition last Saturday.
The game started at an intense pace, with Port opting for a pressing game that required high levels of fitness.
Daniel Lee opened the scoring early for Grammar but because it was early in the game, Port were able to keep up the pressing game and the score was soon cancelled out by Tyler Scamozzi. With scores
level again, Port were playing on adrenaline and self-belief.
They were hungry for the ball and late in the first half earned a corner which was only partially headed clear, where it bounced to the edge of the penalty area and to the acrobatic Oliver Trichilo.
There was still much to do and as the ball came down, Trichilo was
able to jump and rotate his body parallel to the ground, and a sideways scissor kick with real power sent the ball straight into the back of the Grammar net.
In the second half, the pressing game was taking its toll on Port, who were without substitutes.
Ethan Watson, instead of wanting to run with the ball at every opportunity, was beginning to pass the ball to the wings, and by stretching the game, Port began to tire.
Grammar first equalised and were then awarded a penalty for an ankle-tap in the area and the resulting penalty was converted by Watson.
The game was now slipping from Port, who did have a golden chance to equalise, but the resulting shot went straight into the keeper’s arms as Grammar then sealed the win with a final goal to take a welldeserved 4-2 win.
In the other under-18s match, Polonia Red scored two goals in each half for a 4-0 win against John Calvin. In the under-12s, Bethel overwhelmed Mt Lockyer in the first half by scoring four goals.
Bethel then scored a fifth at the start of the second half before Mt Lockyer began the most unlikely of comebacks.
Two goals by Kayden Collins and two by Liam Versluis levelled the match before a late goal by Jarrah Cartledge helped Bethel score an entertaining 6-5 win.
In the other junior fixtures, Albany Glory, John Calvin, Grammar Blue, Mt Barker and Denmark all recorded comfortable victories.