Shootout needed in Rams fut­sal fi­nal

Deniliquin Pastoral Times - - Sport -

Round eight of the Deni Rams Sport­ing Globe Cham­pi­onships was the most in­tense and en­ter­tain­ing, with in­door soc­cer prov­ing the per­fect plat­form for the foot­ballers to show their foot skills (or lack of) with the round ball.

The sec­ond leg of vol­ley­ball had to be post­poned due to a net mal­func­tion, so fut­sal took cen­tre stage and each con­test was tight.

Pitts’ Posse won a thrilling open­ing game — they scored in the last 10 sec­onds to draw 2-all and send the con­test to a penalty shoot-out.

Every player had a shot from the spot and Ri­ley Draxl slot­ted the fi­nal kick past keeper Jake McManus for a mem­o­rable win over ladder leader Mac At­tack.

Game two was an­other penalty shoot-out af­ter scores were locked 2-all.

It was 1-all in the post-match penal­ties, so the scor­ers — Will Shaw (Tyn-Men) and Rick Git­tens (Hoods) — had a sud­den death.

Git­tens even­tu­ally slot­ted one past keeper Jack Tyn­dall, and Jack Ho­gan kept one of Shaw’s zingers out for a Hoods tri­umph.

In game three, gi­ant re­cruit Bryce Scoullar scored in the first 10 sec­onds and Mick Bar­nett in the last 40 sec­onds to seal a 2-0 win for Mac At­tack over Holobowski’s Hoods.

Hoods came hard late, but were de­nied by some fine goal­keep­ing from Judd Barnes.

Game four was an­other thriller. Posse cap­tain Jay­den Pitts nailed one home at the two minute mark, be­fore Luke White equalised back­ing up from a penalty shot to level.

New re­cruit Josh Peers put the Tyn-Men up with one and a half min­utes left on the clock, but a sen­sa­tional strike by Harry ‘Kewell’ Hil­lier locked the con­test in the dy­ing sec­onds.

No one could find their range from the penalty spot un­til skip­per Tyn­dall stepped up and scored for the win.

It was back-to-back wins in game five.

Matty MacDon­ald made his only er­ror for the night, de­flect­ing one into the back of the net for an own goal as Tyn-Men went one-up.

Barnes lev­elled with a red-hot strike into the top cor­ner, but it was Tyn­dall again who led his side into the grand fi­nal by fin­ish­ing a fast break for a 2-1 vic­tory.

Game six would see the win­ner meet Tyn-Men in the fi­nal.

Hil­lier struck first to give Pitts the lead, be­fore dan­ger man Git­tens lev­elled the scores.

An­thony ‘AZ’ Zielke proved the hero for Posse, nail­ing the sealer.

Beau Close was also in­stru­men­tal with some fine saves late in the match in goals.

The five-minute grand fi­nal did not dis­ap­point.

A long-range penalty saw a fake from White and a kick from Tyn­dall pen­e­trate the wall and had the goal­keeper flat-footed.

Todd Gal­lagher bobbed up to level the scores 1-1 with two and a half min­utes left on the clock, and a missed penalty from Tyn­dall late in the match could have sealed it but a draw saw a fit­ting end and an­other shoot-out en­sued.

White was first

Hil­lier to tie it up.

Will Shaw, who was goal­keeper, hit the fi­nal penalty for the night to give the TynMen a mem­o­rable vic­tory.

Awards win­ners were Hil­lier (IGA $30 voucher) and Shaw (Globe Ho­tel voucher).

Ladder: Mac At­tack 26, Tyn-Men 21, Pitts Posse 19, Hoods 17.

The ac­tion will con­tinue at the De­niliquin Sports Sta­dium this Thurs­day.

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