Caledonians, Phoenix share spoils in men’s competition

Cameron NewboldAlbany Advertiser
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Top-two teams Caledonians and Phoenix could not be separated in 90 enthralling minutes last Saturday afternoon, as they shared the points in their round 5 Great Southern Soccer Association men’s open fixture.

Caledonians came into the match with four straight wins to start the league season while defending titleholders Phoenix won their first three matches before losing 3-1 to Polonia last week.

The two sides had several early chances but neither could pierce the defence and two went into half- time locked at nil-all.

The second 45 minutes became more frantic as both sides searched desperately for a breakthrough but it simply did not come.

Polonia's Tom Hunt heads the ball.
Camera IconPolonia's Tom Hunt heads the ball. Credit: Albany Advertiser

The score remained 0-0 at the final whistle, as Caledonians and Phoenix recorded their first draws of the season but maintained their position at the top of the standings.

In Saturday’s other open men’s match, Albany-Bayswater came from a goal down to pinch a draw against Rovers.

Rovers went ahead in the first half after goals to Rohan Lortan and Lawrence Oboh and led 2-1 at the main break. However, a second goal from Albany-Bays-water helped them score a point.

Jeffrey Ledwith and Cain Pietropaolo found the back of the net for Albany-Bayswater, who are locked with Rovers on seven points in the league standings.

Royals' Nathan Griffiths and Polonia's Jack McNamee contest the ball.
Camera IconRoyals' Nathan Griffiths and Polonia's Jack McNamee contest the ball. Credit: Albany Advertiser

Meanwhile, Sunday’s game between Royals and Polonia was deemed a non-result after both teams failed to write players on the official match report card.

Denmark flexed their muscle in the women’s league A competition, beating Polonia 10-0, which included a clinical seven-goal first half.

Ebony Thompson and Zara Whooley had three and two goals respectively in Denmark’s fourth straight win to start the season.

Caledonians survived a late scare against Grammar Blue to notch their first win.

In men’s masters, Caledonians and Denmark skipped clear at the top of the table, winning 10-0 and 5-2 respectively. In women’s league B, Port Albany, Royals, Denmark White, Mt Barker United and Polonia Red won.

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