No clear air for Stirling Rangers or Polonia after sharing spoils in under-14s contest

Jamie KnowlsonAlbany Advertiser
Albany Junior Soccer Association.
Camera IconAlbany Junior Soccer Association. Credit: Laurie Benson

Stirling Rangers and Polonia were looking to keep their perfect records in tact in round four of the Albany Junior Soccer Association under-14 competition last Saturday.

A win would give either team a gap against each other at the top of the table.

Rangers started the brighter, with Eh Lar getting the ball into the back of the net inside the first five minutes but Polonia were saved because the flag had been raised for offside.

However, Rangers did not have to wait long, as Rhys Butler was able to go on a mazy run to goal, beating two defenders before slotting the ball into the bottom right-hand corner.

After conceding, Polonia began to gather some momentum.

Rangers were still dangerous in attack but the Polonia defence was tight and they were unable to get a second.

Polonia’s Caelen Lambe equalised with about five minutes left in the first half.

After the break, Polonia really stepped up and Ethan Wood scored to give Polonia a well-deserved lead.

Once Polonia were in the lead, they did not search for a third goal.

Instead they fell deeper into their defence and invited Rangers to attack.

Butler scored his second to equalise and Stirling Rangers continued to search for the winner.

In the last minute, Stirling Rangers thought they had clinched the victory but the shot went to the wrong side of the post.

The 2-2 draw left them on 10 points each at the top of the standings.

In the other under-14 games, Denmark earned their second win of the season with a 4-1 victory against Albany Bayswater and John Calvin were too strong for Caledonians, winning 11-0.

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