Mt Barker give Gram­mar a fright

Albany Extra - - Sport -

Mt Barker did every­thing they could to ruin the per­fect league record of Gram­mar Blue in the Albany Ju­nior Soc­cer As­so­ci­a­tion un­der-12s com­pe­ti­tion last Satur­day.

Gram­mar Blue made the jour­ney to Soun­ness Park where ini­tially the home ad­van­tage looked as though it was go­ing to as­sist Mt Barker when they led 2-0.

Goals from Lu­cas Vul­can and Wil­liam McNa­mara put Mt Barker up but it was a case of two halves and it did not take long for Gram­mar to get one back be­fore Sam Jef­fery scored an equaliser.

By the end, there was only go­ing to be one win­ner and that even­tu­ally came via a Clyde Fer­nan­des strike as Gram­mar fin­ished 3-2 win­ners.

Once Bethel found their groove against ACC the re­sult was never in doubt.

They had a bit of a dis­jointed first half and ACC were ral­ly­ing against their more fan­cied op­po­si­tion and had done well to keep the score to 2-1 at the break.

Bethel found their form in the sec­ond half and even­tu­ally romped home 8-1.

The re­sult has put them in the box seat to clinch sec­ond place in the league.

Third placed Mount Locker en­sured they kept the pres­sure on Bethel af­ter they thrashed Albany United 12-1.

Den­mark beat St Joe­sphs Thun­der 9-0 and Albany Glory had a bat­tle against Yakamia but even­tu­ally proved to strong, win­ning 5-2.

The top two sides met each other in the un­der-13s com­pe­ti­tion when Albany-Bayswa­ter played Polo­nia White. Polo­nia were thrashed by Bayswa­ter ear­lier in the sea­son 6-1, but have im­proves as the sea­son has pro­gressed.

They thought that they had taken the lead at the end of the first half but the goal was ruled out af­ter the scorer was well off­side when he poked the ball home for Polo­nia White.

The dis­al­lowed goal could have af­fected their morale but it seemed to do the op­po­site and in the sec­ond half Polo­nia de­servedly took the lead through Lach­lan Tin­dale.

They weren’t with­out their chances to fur­ther their lead but they were un­able to and that al­lowed Bayswa­ter to claw their way back into the game as Escher Nash found the equaliser.

Should both sides nav­i­gate their semi­fi­nal op­po­nents Polo­nia White will fancy them­selves for some sil­ver­ware be­fore the sea­son is out.

Gram­mar played out a goal­less draw against Rovers and Stir­ling Rangers beat Den­mark 5-0 in the other un­der-13 games.

Pic­tures: Lau­rie Ben­son

Keiran Dekker and Nel­son Stan­bor­ough con­test.

John Calvins' Keiran Dekker runs onto the ball ahead of Rovers' Scott Rowe.

Rovers' Harold Prado gets clear.

John Calvins' Chantelle Kroeze waits for the ball.

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