Parklands clinch league title in Albany Junior Soccer Association under 12s division

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John Calvin's Ziah Dekker and Albany Bayswater's Antonio Valcon contest.
Camera IconJohn Calvin's Ziah Dekker and Albany Bayswater's Antonio Valcon contest. Credit: Laurie Benson

Parklands secured the league title with a 4-1 victory against Albany Primary Diggers in the Albany Junior Soccer Association 12s division on Saturday morning.

The first versus fourth clash looked like the score could have been a blow out, with two early goals to Parklands seemingly setting the scene and then an unfortunate own goal giving Parklands an even bigger lead.

But the Diggers persevered and gathered their composure, becoming a little more disciplined at the back and looking livelier going forward.

The end of the half was fast-paced but no further goals were scored and 3-0 was a fair reflection on the first half.

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After the break it remained a more even affair, with Austin Richardson pulling one back for the Diggers with a calmly placed strike.

It was almost two but the ball bounced off the post and the scare was enough to lift Parklands’ game as they searched for a fourth to wrap up the match.

Alexander Stevenson broke though for a goal to make it 4-1, with the victory ensuring Parklands can’t be caught for the league title.

Denmark Black have given themselves a shot at stealing second in the league after starting the day four points behind second-placed Great Southern Griffins.

Denmark scored first through Kai Taylor, only for it to be cancelled out by a Griffins strike.

Riley Bishop-Wood scored a second just before halftime and then a brace to Jamie McKenna after the break gave Denmark a 4-1 win to move them within one point of Griffins in the fight for second place.

Mt Lockyer played their best match of the season, accounting for Albany Primary Strikers 3-1.

Yakamia had a hard fought victory against John Calvin, winning 2-0 with goals in the first half courtesy of Beau Lapthorne and Russel Johnson.

Denmark White had a brilliant 6-1 victory against a strong ACC Southlands team, who only just missed out on a top four spot through head-to-head results against their fellow top four challengers.

Both Griffins and Denmark have a chance of grabbing second in the league behind Polonia Red and kept their chances on track by winning their games against Stirling Rangers 8-1 and Rovers 3-0.

If both emerge victorious in next week’s fixtures, they could face each other on the final game of the season in a second place decider.

Albany Bayswater beat John Calvin 7-0, while league leaders Polonia Red beat their sister team Polonia White 11-0.

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