Teams in thrilling fin­ish

Albany Extra - - Sports -

The Al­bany Ju­nior Soccer As­so­ci­a­tion knock­out cup semi­fi­nals pro­duced some thrilling games across all age groups last week­end.

In the un­der-12s, Gram­mar Blue took on Mt Barker for the sec­ond week in suc­ces­sion and it was an even first half with Liam Pre­to­rius open­ing the scor­ing for Gram­mar.

Mt Barker did not sur­ren­der, though, and im­me­di­ately equalised through Lu­cas Val­can and the score re­mained 1-1 at half-time.

The sec­ond half was end-toend and it was Mt Barker who im­ploded when Gram­mar Blue scored five min­utes from time.

Un­like in the first half when Mt Barker ral­lied and equalised, the goal so late in the game took the wind right out of their sails and Gram­mar Blue were ruth­less, scor­ing two more to seal a fi­nal spot 4-1.

Two first-half goals by Sa­muel Bosh, set up by two de­light­ful passes from Isaac Dobbe, made for a fine per­for­mance by John Calvin when they played Al­bany Glory in the other semi­fi­nal.

Player of the match Dobbe then scored a brace him­self in the sec­ond half be­fore Luke Roecker scored a late con­so­la­tion for Glory.

Gram­mar were left to rue some de­fen­sive er­rors that al­lowed Polo­nia Red to build a lead, which was unas­sail­able in their un­der-18s semi­fi­nal.

Gram­mar were work­ing hard to play a pass­ing game, while Polo­nia played at a much higher tempo and chased the ball hard. Polo­nia’s game plan paid off as the first three goals were scored af­ter Gram­mar failed to clear the ball from in­side the box while un­der im­mense pres­sure from the Polo­nia Red’s for­wards.

The fourth was scored by a bril­liant Tyler Wil­more free kick with which he caught ev­ery­one by sur­prise and drilled the ball low and un­der the wall into the bot­tom right-hand cor­ner of the goal.

Gram­mar man­aged to score one in each half but the mar­gin was al­ready too big and Polo­nia fin­ished de­serv­ing win­ners 4-2.

Polo­nia Red will play Al­bany-Bayswa­ter af­ter they over­came Port Al­bany 5-2 in the other semi­fi­nal.

Roy­als' Flynn Sheehy surges for­ward.

Roy­als' James Knowl­son gets his side for­ward.

Pic­tures: Lau­rie Ben­son

Gram­mar's Levi Ker­naghan and Roy­als' Chad My­ors vie for pos­ses­sion.

Gram­mar goalie Ryan Po­cock.

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