Nash hat-trick guides Bayswater to hard-fought win over Polonia
Last season’s 16s league and cup winners Polonia were tested throughout by last year’s 15s league winners Albany-Bayswater in the combined 15s and 16s competition in round two of the Albany Junior Soccer Association season on Saturday.
The younger team were up for the challenge and every player put in maximum effort.
After 10 minutes, Bayswater’s captain put a ball through to Escher Nash, who rarely makes a mistake when he is through on goal.
They took the lead, but Polonia rallied and the tide started to turn.
Josh Attril was fouled in the box earning a penalty for his Polonia side, which he calmly slotted away to equalise.
There was more pressure and Polonia earned a corner which Tayah Dallimore headed home to put her side in front.
Bayswater weren’t going to lie down and it was Nash again who levelled the scores just before the break.
The second half was much tighter, with both sides shoring up their defence, and a draw was looking increasing likely until Nash scored his hat-trick with a carbon copy of his first.
For the last five minutes, Bayswater defended their lead and were able to hold on for a well-deserved 3-2 win and collect a valuable three points.
Rovers were three goals down against Stirling Rangers before they launched a sensational fightback to register a draw against a side that is expected to fight Bayswater for the title.
There was a Grammar derby between Red and Blue in the 15s, with Blue cruising to a 6-1 victory against their sister team.
John Calvin 15s got off to the best possible start against Stirling Rangers 16s, with a Travis Plug thunderbolt from 30m giving them an early lead.
Rangers were able to gather themselves and started to control the midfield, scoring two goals in each half through Sydney van der Neut and Noah Sheehy to earn a 4-1 victory.
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