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Goats turn it on

Tuesday, 13th May, 2014

Matt Kiddle turned out for his first game of the season for Alma and scored a goal in their 5-1 win over West. PICTURE: Ethan James Matt Kiddle turned out for his first game of the season for Alma and scored a goal in their 5-1 win over West. PICTURE: Ethan James

By Ethan James

Alma’s A Grade soccer side turned on their best showing in years with a 5-1 victory over West on Sunday afternoon.

Everything the Goats touched turned to gold against a West team that was missing a number of frontline players.

Coach David Bearman said his side was bolstered by a number of inclusions.

“We had four back in and guys like David Parker and Matt Kiddle definitely made a difference,” he said.

“We controlled the ball especially well but despite the final score, our finishing still needs a bit of work.

“There were more opportunities to find more goals.

“It’s really good for our morale, though, this early in the season.”

Alma started with a goal in the opening 10 minutes when Nathan Gageler caught West napping from outside the box.

Kiddle then made it 2-0 when he found the back of the net from a similar position.

The departure of Lawrence Hebbard, who took off the boots and trekked off to work midway through the half, didn’t hamper Alma.

They took a 3-0 lead into halftime when Brown set up Terry Delbridge against his former club.

West pulled back a goal in the second half off a perfect cross but Tristan Symonds iced the cake when he broke away downfield to make the final score 5-1.

The only sour note was an injury to goalkeeper Bailey Miller, who left the field with 10 minutes remaining after copping an accidental knock to the knee.

He was taken to hospital for scans but is expected to play against St Joseph’s next week.

“We have a few other options if he doesn’t pull up,” Bearman said.

“The bloke who went back to fill in (Gageler) has been one of the best ‘keepers in Broken Hill.

“There are a few good ‘keepers in our squad.”

In the other men’s top grade game, St Joseph’s defeated Celtic 2-0 in a scrappy contest. The game included two red cards.

St Joe’s remain at the top of the ladder after a fortnight.

Men’s A Grade Ladder:

Round Two (goal differential in brackets)

St. Joseph’s 6 points (+3); Alma 3 (+2); Celtic 3 (0); West 0 (-5).

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