Last start winners meet
Saturday, 29th July, 2017
By Tyler Hannigan
Celtic takes on St Joes while West battle Alma in round 10 of the Broken Hill Soccer Association’s senior competition tomorrow.
First up in A Grade is Celtic versus St Joes with both teams coming off wins last week. Celtic were too good for West in a thrilling game thanks to a Jamie Berg hat trick that saw Celtic get up 3-2. Later in the day a Luca Napoli strike was the only score as St Joes accounted for Alma one-nil.
Last time these sides met it was a 4-2 victory for Celtic. Young gun Hamish Inglis scored twice while Kingsley McIntyre and veteran Dave Hassard booted one goal each. For St Joes Bryant Mitchell scored a double.
St Joes did well to bounce back from the disappointment of the Knockout Cup final to defeat an Alma outfit that never goes down without a fight. That win moved St Joes into top spot although West and Celtic are just one point behind in second and third respectively.
West and Alma’s last encounter ended in a scoreless draw but if both sides are at full strength tomorrow then that’s unlikely to occur again.
West’s weapons of Jordan Cox, Madden Paul and Johnny Bugeja can all make the most of even half-chances while Alma’s Samuel Harrap has been in terrific form this season, scoring a hat trick a few weeks ago.
What is for sure is that Alma won’t go down without a fight. While they’ve only managed the one win in 2017, they’ve secured a number of draws and have proven difficult to put away.
The West women showed they had no KO Cup hangover as they easily dispatched Celtic 9-2 last Sunday. They have a whopping 10-point lead atop the women’s ladder and look assured of the minor premiership.
They clash with Alma today, the only team to beat them so far in 2017 so they can ill afford to take them lightly. The Panthers will enter the game as favourites but it will be no walkover.
St Joes picked up a tough 3-2 win over Alma last week and they’ll now face the bottom-placed Celtic. The Celtic women have showed signs of improvement throughout the season but are still a fair way off the other sides.
St Joes sit on top of the B Grade ladder with a five-point break ahead of West on 16 and Celtic on 10. Alma are last with six points much like their A Grade counterparts. St Joes were easy 4-1 winners last week but will face a tougher test against Celtic this week while Alma will be up against it when they take on West.