Rangers lack strike po­tency

Albany Extra - - Sport -

Al­bany-Bayswa­ter proved too strong for Stir­ling Rangers in the Al­bany Ju­nior Soc­cer As­so­ci­a­tion un­der-15s com­pe­ti­tion last Satur­day.

Stir­ling Rangers are pos­si­bly the most im­proved side this sea­son across all age groups and al­though three goals in each half to Al­banyBayswa­ter gave them a con­vinc­ing 6-1 vic­tory, Rangers were not with­out their chances.

The first 10 min­utes of the game was goal­less and it was Rangers that were play­ing the more at­trac­tive foot­ball but they were just lack­ing a lit­tle in front of goal.

Al­bany-Bayswa­ter were the op­po­site and their strike force was more po­tent with some ex­tra speed up front.

The first goal came against the run of play when the Rangers keeper hes­i­tated to come off his line.

It was the win­dow of op­por­tu­nity Al­bany-Bayswa­ter needed to open their ac­count.

Rangers did man­age to net an equaliser but it was only for a brief mo­ment as Al­bany-Bayswa­ter banged in two more be­fore the break and three more after half-time.

Port Al­bany were too strong for John Calvin, who did man­age to get on the score sheet.

They scored early and the play­ers cel­e­brated the goal like a vic­tory but con­ced­ing a goal woke Port Al­bany up and they re­fo­cused to romp home 9-1.

Polo­nia dom­i­nated their game against Gram­mar, to record a 10-0 thrash­ing and seven dif­fer­ent goal scor­ers showed they were pass­ing the ball around nicely. Cale­do­nians beat Den­mark 6-0 in the other un­der-15s match. Roy­als fin­ished 3-0 win­ners over Rovers in their round 11 un­der-16 league fix­ture.

Both other league games fin­ished in 1-1 draws with Gram­mar and Den­mark shar­ing the points while John Calvin and Stir­ling Rangers could not be sep­a­rated ei­ther.

After the two shock de­feats in the cup com­pe­ti­tion in the un­der-14s, Polo­nia and Stir­ling Rangers were back on track in the league.

Polo­nia had to play their quar­ter­fi­nal vic­tors John Calvin again and this time Polo­nia were not go­ing to slip up. John Calvin were still in­cred­i­bly dif­fi­cult to break down but they could not hold Polo­nia out like they did the pre­vi­ous week with Polo­nia win­ning 4-0.

Stir­ling Rangers were even more con­vinc­ing with an 8-0 win over Den­mark and Gram­mar beat Rovers 4-0.

Pic­ture: Lau­rie Ben­son

Rovers' Holly Hoare gets the ball clear of Roy­als' So­phie Ade­line.

Roy­als' Kyle Etheridge gets for­ward.

Roy­als' James Knowl­son gets his side for­ward.

Roy­als' Uluka Lus­combe.

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