Panthers and Joeys pick up the points
Tuesday, 6th August, 2019
By Tyler Hannigan
West picked up a hard-fought win over Celtic before St Joes blew away Alma later in the day in round 10 of the Broken Hill soccer season.
It was an arm wrestle in the first A Grade match on Sunday with momentum swinging back and forth between the Panthers and United.
West’s Madden Paul opened the scoring with a fantastic free-kick from long range before Celtic tied things up thanks to youngster Tom McRae who pounced on a lovely ball from Daniel Timperio that went over the Panthers defence.
Celtic weren’t helped with Corey Blundell being sent off after a second yellow card early in the second half but they maintained the lead until West received another free-kick inside scoring range.
The kick was defended but after a few rebounds inside the box, Terry Delbridge eventually finished it off to give West a match-winning 2-1 lead.
It was a case of missed opportunities for Celtic as they failed to score from a number of chances and could have easily walked away with a draw or even a win.
With that win, West’s season continues to tick along nicely atop the A Grade ladder and with Alma coming up next week, that’s unlikely to change any time soon.
Celtic will now take on St Joes next Sunday in what is likely to be an early preview of the semi-final, although both can still finish on top of the ladder.
It was a very different story later in the day as St Joes put on a clinic in the first half against Alma who had no answers.
St Joes were all over the Goats early on but couldn’t put the finishing touches on a number of quality scoring opportunities. Eventually though, after that sustained pressure, the floodgates opened.
David O’Mally was the first to score as he capitalised on a fantastic set up by Steve Grillett and O’Mally was involved in his team’s second goal as a Jyh Stubing header found the back of the net off a quality corner kick by O’Mally.
St Joes were now in full control of this game and while Alma were able to press forward at times, they were never really allowed any genuine chances whereas St Joes looked dangerous every time they went into attack.
Grillett’s brilliant first half continued as he buried a long range attempt to put the Joeys up three-nil before O’Mally scored again before halftime.
With the score 4-0 at the break, this one was all but over barring an absolute miracle from an Alma team that had failed to string any decent passages of play together until this point.
That miracle was not forthcoming after the restart but Alma did manage to stem the bleeding somewhat, only allowing another two goals as Grillett and Stubing added to their tallies.
O’Mally, Grillett and Stubing were the obvious stand outs with two goals apiece but Matt Muscat and Rob James controlled the middle while Ross Casey was a handful out on the wing.
The result gets St Joes back on track and they’re shaping up to be West’s main challenger, especially if they can stay healthy and keep their best side on the park. Liam King returned to the team on Sunday and will be a boost come finals time.
For Alma, Ethan Hocking and Samuel Harrap battled hard but they were never in the game. They’ll be hoping that the experienced Laurence Hebbard can get back from injury for next week’s clash against West.
In the other results, it was better news for Alma in both B Grade and Women’s as both sides scored easy wins. Bronte Johns scored twice for the Alma women while Bailey Stubing did likewise in B Grade.
West picked up a huge 11-0 win over Celtic in B Grade with Dean Smith scoring six goals and Mitch Lalor three while the Panther’s women’s side went even better, scoring 15 goals to Celtic’s one. Monique Simmons starred with five goals and Jessica Cox scored three.
WEST 2 (M. Paul, T. Delbridge) def CELTIC 1 (T. McRae)
ST JOES 6 (D. O’Mally 2, J. Stubing 2, S. Grillett 2) def ALMA 0
WEST 11 (D. Smith 6, M. Lalor 3, J. Betcke, N. Cain) def CELTIC 0
ALMA 6 (B. Stubing 2, C. Stenhouse, J. Hoysted, L. Sheehan, F. Kolinac) def ST JOES 3 (G. Lynch 3)
ALMA 4 (B. Johns 2, M. Hebbard, E. Bogucki) def ST JOES 0
WEST 15 (M. Simmons 5, J. Cox 3, E. Everett 2, P. Pope 2, C. Bloomfield, T. Liewes, L. van der Merwe) def CELTIC 1 (C. Lee)