Caledonians hold out Rovers

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Cameron NewboldAlbany Advertiser

Heavy rain and very wet fields played havoc in the most recent round of Great Southern Soccer Association action with only one of the scheduled men’s open league games completed at the weekend.

Saturday’s fixtures between Albany-Bayswater and Royals and the Polonia and Phoenix clash were cancelled because of unplayable grounds at the North Road soccer grounds.

Sunday’s round 14 league game featuring Caledonians and Rovers was able to go ahead however after the pitches had dried out a little.

Rovers' Davide Scuka keeps the ball away from Caledonians' Liam McDonald.
Camera IconRovers' Davide Scuka keeps the ball away from Caledonians' Liam McDonald. Credit: Albany Advertiser

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In a very physical and willing contest Caledonians got the upper hand in the first half through a goal from Kieran Loveridge.

Caledonians had to soak up plenty of pressure from Rovers in the second half while their side had Nathan Kay sent off with a red card to go with yellow cards to Brennan Childs, Liam McDonald and Ben Grey.

Rovers' Tom McKenzie holds out Caledonians' Frazer Childs.
Camera IconRovers' Tom McKenzie holds out Caledonians' Frazer Childs. Credit: Albany Advertiser

Rovers however were unable to equalise in the last 45 minutes as Caledonians finished 1-0 winners, their 12th victory of the season.

The two cancelled matches have been rescheduled to Saturday, August 9.

Last Tuesday the men’s masters round was also cancelled after heavy rain soaked the fields and has been rescheduled to Tuesday, September 12.

In the women’s league A competition last Friday night league champions Denmark thumped Grammar Blue 13-0 in the round 14 fixture.

Denmark scored eight goals in the opening half with Ebony Thompson netting five goals in the win.

A hat-trick from Heather Bosch has guided Phoenix to a 4-0 triumph against Caledonians in the other game of the round.

Meanwhile Denmark Black moved closer to securing the women’s league B title after a hard-fought 3-0 win over fellow title fancies Mt Barker United last Friday.

The two sides entered round 14 on equal points but Esther Taylor scored twice and Laura McEwan also found the back of the net as Denmark Black moved three points ahead on top of the ladder with one round to play.

Denmark Black face sister team Denmark White in their last game while Mt Barker United take on the fourth placed Royals.

In other round 14 matches Port Albany thumped Bayswater 15-0, Royals downed Polonia White 5-0, Denmark White prevailed over Grammar White 2-0 and Polonia Red and Rovers played out a scoreless draw.

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