Un­der­dogs hang on for ti­tle

Albany Extra - - Sport -

The Al­bany Ju­nior Soc­cer As­so­ci­a­tion cup fi­nals pro­duced tight re­sults last Satur­day and one sur­pris­ing up­set in a thrilling un­der-15 de­cider.

Polo­nia and Al­bany-Bayswa­ter drew last week in the league com­pe­ti­tion, but that re­sult spurred the lat­ter on as they were in­cred­i­bly mo­ti­vated and took plenty of mo­men­tum into the cup fi­nal.

Polo­nia had the ma­jor­ity of the pos­ses­sion and pressed with great in­ten­sity, but the Al­banyBayswa­ter de­fence closed and cleared ev­ery­thing that came their way.

Fred­er­ick Opuni and Con­nor Bunce used their pace to stretch the Polo­nia de­fence and it opened up the game.

It was Al­bany-Bayswa­ter who struck first and, while Polo­nia were still shell-shocked, they scored a se­cond and a third.

This sent the bench and the crowd wild, but Polo­nia would not lie down and scored one back through Lavesh Gaoneadry.

Once they had one back, Al­banyBayswa­ter played the dan­ger­ous game of sit­ting back, which in turn in­vited Polo­nia for­ward.

Gaoneadry scored a se­cond and mo­men­tum was with Polo­nia as they tried to find an equaliser against a tir­ing Al­bany-Bayswa­ter.

The ball spent the last 10 min­utes bounc­ing around the Al­banyBayswa­ter box, but Polo­nia could not find the back of the net, hand­ing the un­der­dogs a 3-2 win.

The fi­nal whis­tle brought one of the most thrilling ju­nior matches to its con­clu­sion and started wild scenes of cel­e­bra­tions.

Gram­mar Blue has been un­touch­able in the un­der-12s and played John Calvin, who they beat com­fort­ably ear­lier in the sea­son.

Af­ter a score­less first half, John Calvin’s be­lief grew as the game headed to­wards ex­tra-time.

Gram­mar Blue earned a late cor­ner and league’s fairest and best player, Liam Pre­to­rius, took the set piece, which had enough bend in it to go straight into the back of the net and earn his side a tough vic­tory.

John Calvin met Gram­mar in the un­der-14 cup fi­nal in front of a big crowd and Jack Robertson scor­ing the first two goals of the game.

John Calvin be­gan to work out how to deal with his threat and were able to score one back through Travis Plug.

Keeper Keaton Dekker was phe­nom­e­nal for John Calvin as he kept his side in the match with a stack of qual­ity saves, but Ben­jamin Plow­man made sure of the re­sult with Gram­mar’s third goal.

In the other cup fi­nals, Al­banyBayswa­ter added to their league ti­tle in the un­der-13s with a 3-0 win over Polo­nia White.

Den­mark beat Gram­mar 2-0 in the un­der-16s cup fi­nal and in the un­der-18s Polo­nia Red won the league and cup dou­ble af­ter prov­ing too much for Al­banyBayswa­ter in a 5-0 re­sult.

Pic­tures: Lau­rie Ben­son

AJSA un­der-15 cup fi­nal win­ners Al­bany-Bayswa­ter.

Al­bany-Bayswa­ter's keeper Cal­lum Mid­dle­week de­flects the shot on goal.

Polo­nia's Lavesh Gaoneadry cel­e­brates a goal.

Polo­nia's Liam Mur­dock con­sid­ers his op­tions.

Al­bany-Bayswa­ter coach Libero Pi­etropaolo en­joys the vic­tory.

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