Celtic wins spot in GF
Monday, 17th September, 2018
By Tyler Hannigan
A hard-fought A Grade preliminary final saw Celtic come out on top while West progressed to the women’s decider in Broken Hill soccer yesterday.
Celtic United and St Joes fought for a spot in the grand final next Saturday and the intensity was high early from both teams.
The play was back and forth but Celtic were first to hit the scoreboard thanks to Kingsley McIntyre but set up by some lovely play by fellow young guns Hamish Inglis and Tom McRae.
After a slight delay, St Joes started to get into the game and went into attack repeatedly but failed to create any genuine scoring chances thanks to some superb defence from Jared Stuart and Harrison McIntyre.
Celtic then had a golden opportunity late in the first half to extend their lead after they were awarded a penalty. Inglis stepped up and struck it well but was denied thanks to a fantastic save from keeper Ryley Allen that kept St Joes in the contest and down just 1-0 at the halftime break.
St Joes continued to push for an equaliser and eventually it was Liam King, making a rare appearance for the Joeys this season, who found a way past Celtic keeper Sean Power to tie things up with about 20 minutes to go.
With the final whistle approaching and extra-time looking likely, Celtic’s Dylan Millsteed broke the deadlock as his cross took a deflection and found the back of the net.
St Joes had a chance late and looked to have pulled off the draw but the goal was disallowed for offside and gave Celtic a 2-1 win.
Prior to A Grade, West Panthers and Alma Goats battled it out in the women’s preliminary final in a tight tussle of a contest.
In the end, West came out on top 1-0 with a Rebecca Deer goal the only thing to separate the sides.
Alma tried hard late in the game with Emma Reeves making a number of nice runs up the wing but they couldn’t find the equaliser.
West will now play St Joes in the grand final next week.
Earlier in the day, Alma proved too strong for Celtic in B Grade with Nathan Gageler and Mason Jones both hitting the scoreboard in the 2-0 win. Alma will now play West in the B Grade decider.
While the seniors still have a week to go, the Colts and Under 14’s grades finished up last Friday night.
Alma picked up the win in the under 14s, easily beating St Joes 7-2. Ethan Hocking scored a hat trick.
It was a much tighter contest in the Colts grand final with West edging out Celtic one-nil. Liam McKee was the only goal scorer for the Panthers.
Next Saturday will see the culmination of the Broken Hill Soccer Association season with West versus Alma in B Grade at 12pm, St Joes against West in the women’s final and West battling Celtic in A Grade.
A Grade Prelim Final
Celtic 2 (Kingsley McIntyre, Dylan Millsteed) def St Joes 1 (Liam King)
Women Prelim Final
West 1 (Rebecca Deer) def Alma 0
B Grade Prelim Final
Alma 2 (Nathan Gageler, Mason Jones) def Celtic 0
Colts Grand Final
West 1 (Liam McKee) def Celtic 0
U14 Grand Final
Alma 7 (E. Hocking 3, K. Blore 2, C. Tonkin, J. van Kemenade) def St Joes 2 (M. Maddern)
Grand Final Draw (Saturday September 22):
10am - U/12 - West v St Joes
12pm - B Grade - West v Alma
2pm - Women’s - St Joes v West
4pm - A Grade - West v Celtic