Spir­ited John Calvin hang on for draw with Rangers

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Stir­ling Rangers were hop­ing to keep the pres­sure on table­top­pers Polo­nia in the Al­bany Ju­nior Soc­cer As­so­ci­a­tion un­der-14s com­pe­ti­tion when they played John Calvin last Satur­day.

Stir­ling Rangers were dom­i­nant in pos­ses­sion, press­ing for­ward at ev­ery op­por­tu­nity and it wasn’t a mat­ter of if they scored, but when.

Sur­pris­ingly, it took un­til mid­way through the first half for them to get in front when a ball landed to Henry Gold­smith, who drilled the ball home from the top of the box.

De­spite the one-sided na­ture of the first half, Rangers couldn’t add to their to­tal be­fore the break.

Early in the sec­ond half, Tully Franklin dou­bled the score­line and then it looked like the flood gates were about to open.

Me­gan Orr had the ball in the back of the net when she pounced on a shot that bounced back off the up­right, but the goal was dis­al­lowed as she was in an off­side po­si­tion when the shot was orig­i­nally played.

John Calvin had been out­played but they showed great spirit and re­fused to give up, so when a mis­kick hap­pened

from a Rangers de­fender, they were alert and Travis Plug took the op­por­tu­nity and sprinted through, slot­ting the ball home.

Rangers then started to panic as they were find­ing it hard to pen­e­trate the John Calvin de­fence and Rangers were camped in the John Calvin half, leav­ing space be­hind the Rangers’ de­fence.

A lofted ball clear over the top of the Rangers’ de­fence into the space, and with only their sec­ond chance of the game, they got an equaliser through Mad­di­son T’Hart.

Stir­ling were un­able to find the win­ner and John Calvin hung on to a 2-2 draw that their ef­fort and spir­ited per­for­mance de­served.

Stir­ling Rangers may live to re­gret not tak­ing their chances as their ri­vals Polo­nia se­cured all the points with a 9-0 vic­tory against Rovers.

Gram­mar earned all the points, beat­ing Den­mark 7-0,

and mov­ing within two points of third-placed John Calvin.

In the un­der-15s, the top two sides played the bot­tom two teams and there were no sur­prises as both Polo­nia and Port Al­bany com­fort­ably earned all the points in their matches against Den­mark and Gram­mar.

With Cale­do­nians, Al­banyBayswa­ter and Port Al­bany all level on nine points each at the start of the day there was much to play for when Cale­do­nians played Al­bany-Bayswa­ter.

It was an even match in terms of pos­ses­sion and op­por­tu­ni­ties, but Al­bany-Bayswa­ter were able to con­vert more of the chances to take a 4-1 win that moves them into third place be­hind Port Al­bany but level on points.

Stir­ling Rangers and John Calvin played a real see­saw­ing affair, with John Calvin tak­ing the spoils 3-2 in an en­ter­tain­ing match.

Pic­tures: Lau­rie Ben­son

Stir­ling Rangers' Ro­nan Stoner and John Calvin's Alyssa Schoof con­test the ball.

John Calvin goal­keeper Keaton Dekker saves a cer­tain goal.

John Calvin's Corey Plug takes con­trol.

Stir­ling Rangers' Tom Wright gets the ball past John Calvin's Alyssa Schoof.

Stir­ling Rangers' Ehku runs onto the ball.

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