Goats fight for draw
Wednesday, 3rd July, 2019
By Tyler Hannigan
Alma and St Joes couldn’t be separated after 90 minutes of play on Sunday and it was the same story later in the day between West and Celtic.
It was a rejuvenated Alma Goats side that took on St Joes in the early A Grade match on Sunday which led to an even first half. Both sides enjoyed periods of dominance and both were able to create scoring chances.
St Joes scored first through Daniel Rose and it looked like they might run away with it after creating another two quality opportunities.
The first came from a free kick by Dave O’Mally that narrowly sailed over the cross bar and then by a goal from Josh Joliffe that was disallowed due to off-side.
Joliffe didn’t last much longer as a quad strain forced him from the field and it was now Alma’s turn to attack once again.
After stretching St Joes’ defence on a number of occasions, Callum Langdon eventually found the back of the net just prior to halftime to level things up at one-goal each.
It was much the same after the restart with the sides again trading goals. Alma scored again thanks to Samuel Harrap, who made a welcome return to A Grade, and O’Mally added a second goal for the Joeys.
2-2 is where it ended when the final whistle blew and while it’s not the ideal result for an Alma side needing wins, it does show a great deal of improvement by the Goats who had been down on form in the first half of the season.
St Joes will be disappointed not to come away with the full points and while they had a very good side on the pitch, they were stretched on the bench when Joliffe went down. They’ll be hoping for a better performance next weekend against Celtic.
Second up on the bottom pitch saw West take on Celtic but much like the Alma-St Joes game, both teams left with points after a 1-1 draw. It was a heated encounter that saw each side receive a red card.
West were coming off a quality win in the KO Cup a few days prior in which they scored three goals against St Joes but could only manage one on Sunday through Zane Kemp.
Kemp is an important player for West with his skill and experience vital through the midfield. He missed their round seven loss to St Joes and it showed in the result.
A win over West would have been big for Celtic’s season as they battle to play consistent soccer and string results together but it wasn’t to be on Sunday.
Jack Stacey continued his solid season with a goal. Young gun Blake Rogers was again impressive on the wing while Sam Knell had another great game and is quickly becoming one of Celtic’s best in 2019.
In the women’s games, West handled Celtic with ease with an 8-1 win thanks to a Monique Simmons hat-trick as well as Sabina Brown and Jessica Cox chipping in with two goals apiece. Alma cruised to a 5-0 victory over St Joes with three goals to Stephanie Harman.
Earlier in the day, Alma proved far too good for St Joes in B Grade thanks to a five-goal haul from Harrap and one from Langdon, both of whom would score in A Grade later in the day.
Much like in A Grade, West and Celtic couldn’t be split in their B Grade clash, finishing tied at 1-1. Jacob Johnstone scored for the Panthers and Caleb Craven did the same for Celtic.
ALMA 2 (C. Langdon, S. Harrap) drew ST JOES 2 (D. Rose, D. O’Mally)
WEST 1 (Z. Kemp) drew CELTIC 1 (J. Stacey)
ALMA 6 (S. Harrap 5, C. Langdon) def ST JOES 0
WEST 1 (J. Johnstone) drew CELTIC 1 (C. Craven)
WEST 8 (M. Simmons 3, S. Brown 2, J. Cox 2, P. Pope) def CELTIC 1 (S. Quinn)
ALMA 5 (S. Harman 3, H. Celotto, E. Bogucki) def ST JOES 0