Teams in thrilling finish
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.
Grammar's Levi Kernaghan and Royals' Chad Myors vie for possession.
Grammar goalie Ryan Pocock.