Captain’s kick wins match
Monday, 23rd September, 2019
By Callum Marshall
It was a tight, tough game in the B grade soccer final, with Alma prevailing over West 1-0 with a superb strike from the Goats’ captain Samuel Harrap.
In Saturday’s first seniors’ final, both sides threatened early with breakaways on the wings which saw players slipping past opposition defences and teeing up their forwards in the opposition box.
The Goats were looking particularly neat along the left and in the middle with Harrap combining well with Colby Stenhouse and Bailey Stubing on a number of occasions.
West’s defence was looking solid though with captain Codee Mitchell and Thomas Seward nullifying a number of promising Goats’ forays along the wings and towards the Panther’s goal box.
Seward had a particularly strong first half, with his pace, tackling, strength on the ball and qualiity passing upfield a big asset for his side.
The Goats pressure kept building tough and midway through the first half, Israel Metcalfe cracked a 25-yard shot that West’s keeper Alex Gray did well to get a glove to, with the ball tipped onto the crossbar and out for a corner.
That corner didn’t amount to anything for the Goats and as the half wore on it was the Panthers who started looking more dangerous, doing well down the wings and winning a number of corners.
West’s Mitch Lalor was playing well in the middle during this period and setting up a number of chances for his side.
Still, after the first half the score remained goalless.
That was about to change though, with a fantastic long-range goal from Harrap early in the second half seeing the Goats get on the scoreboard.
He was 25 yards out, in the centre-right of the Panther’s third of the pitch, when he cut onto his left and arched a wonderful shot that hit the Panther’s left side of the goal.
Chances kept coming for both sides after that goal though, with West pushing for an equaliser and Alma looking to extend the lead with quick counterattacks along the wings and up front.
While West were playing well to fashion chances, a man-of-the-match performance from Stubing in the middle of the pitch meant that task was getting more and more difficult as the game wore on.
Michael Ivanku’s strong play for the Goats in the backline added to West’s difficulties too.
The Goats had a great chance late in the game to double their lead as well when a free kick from the right hit West’s left post and ricocheted away.
In the end though, a tight, close contest was decided by a wonder goal from one of local soccer’s best players all round.
The result means Alma’s B side finished the season with both the league championship and premiership trophy.
Alma 1 (S. Harrap) def West 0