Late winner gives Polonia breathing room

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Polonia's Tyson Rowe gets clear of Royals' Lawrence T'Hart.
Camera IconPolonia's Tyson Rowe gets clear of Royals' Lawrence T'Hart. Credit: Laurie Benson

A last-gasp goal from Polonia helped them finish narrow winners over Phoenix in round 10 of the Great Southern Soccer Association men’s premier league competition on Saturday night.

In an extremely close contest, neither side were able to put the game to bed and a draw looked likely as the sides were level at 3-3 inside the final five minutes.

However, with about three minutes to play, Polonia found the back of the net and they held on for a tense 4-3 win that helped them skip seven points clear in third spot on the league standings.

The other fixture was also a hard-fought affair, with defending league titleholders Caledonians coming out on top after 90 minutes against a gallant Albany Rovers outfit, 3-2.

As a result of the victory, Caledonians narrowed the gap to league leaders Albany-Bayswater to just two points with five rounds left.

Albany-Bayswater face the winless Rovers this Saturday, while Caledonians and Phoenix face off.

Meanwhile in the men’s reserves league, goal difference separates Caledonians and Albany-Bays-water at the top of the standings after round 10 last week.

Royals' Mowlid Muse gets the ball clear of Polonia's Tom Hunt.
Camera IconRoyals' Mowlid Muse gets the ball clear of Polonia's Tom Hunt. Credit: Albany Advertiser

Caledonians thumped Rovers 6-1 thanks to a four-goal opening half in their contest, with Benjamin Walker scoring twice.

On the opposition pitch, Polonia Eagles survived a strong fightback from Royals in the second 45 minutes to notch their fourth victory of the season.

Tyson Rowe, Rhett Marwick and Cole McKee all scored for the winners but Royals scored both their goals in the second half before going down 2-3 at the final whistle.

The result leaves just three points between the top three sides heading into the last five rounds.

Denmark are closing in on yet another women’s league A title, given they are yet to lose a game.

However, Port Albany and Phoenix are making them work hard for it, the latter beating Mt Barker United 7-0 on Friday night.

Polonia caused an upset in round 10 as they downed Port Albany 3-1, courtesy of a hat-trick from Amanda Lau.

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