Freak goal se­cures Wa­gin’s big win

Narrogin Observer - - Sport - Michael Traill

Wa­gin are back-to-back pre­miers in the UGSHA’s men’s B-grade, with the fi­nal in­clud­ing a goal to Jack South that will go down in the com­pe­ti­tion’s his­tory.

Both sides re­ceived an early penalty cor­ner each in Satur­day af­ter­noon’s match, but it was Wa­gin’s Bren­den Hall who found the goal first.

Hall struck the ball past War­riors keeper Nathan Don­ald­son in his side’s sec­ond penalty cor­ner at­tempt early dur­ing the first half, giv­ing All Blacks a 1-0 lead.

Shortly after, All Blacks’ Will Tan sent the ball sky high from the half­way line in what will be­come UGSHA leg­end for years to come.

Tan’s high lob pro­pelled the ball into their at­tack­ing cir­cle, land­ing deep to the right hand side.

Play­ers from both sides walked back to start­ing po­si­tions ex­pect­ing the ball to go out.

All play­ers ex­cept for South, who des­per­ately fol­lowed the ball to the line be­fore strik­ing it around his body on a tight an­gle, sneak­ing the ball past an un­sus­pect­ing Don­ald­son into the far left cor­ner of goal.

A huge cheer fol­lowed from the crowd as Wa­gin play­ers rushed to South in cel­e­bra­tion.

The freak goal gave Wa­gin a 2-0 lead head­ing into half-time.

The first five min­utes of the sec­ond half was an arm wres­tle and War­riors fi­nally found their first goal from a penalty cor­ner in the 11th minute, com­ing off a strike from Robert Ry­bar­czyk.

Wa­gin held on how­ever, hold­ing out five con­sec­u­tive War­riors’ penalty cor­ners to claim the 2018 pre­mier­ship.

Tan was named the MVP.

UGSHA men’s B-grade pre­miers, Wa­gin.

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