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Tayler NealeAlbany Advertiser

Albany Rovers continued their strong start to the Great Southern Soccer Association men’s open competition with a 5-3 victory against last year’s premiers Phoenix at North Road soccer grounds last Saturday.

After winning only one game in 2016, Rovers now sit in second spot, with a hat-trick from Lawrence Oboh helping the vastly improved side claim the round 6 win against Phoenix, who now drop to third spot on goal difference.

Polonia's goal keeper Daniel Marques.
Camera IconPolonia's goal keeper Daniel Marques. Credit: Laurie Benson Albany Advertiser

Rohan and Caldon Lortan also scored for Rovers, while Leroy van den Dool, Cameron Dekker and Beau Timmer found the back of the net for Phoenix.

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Meanwhile, Polonia managed a 1-0 win over Albany-Bayswater after an own-goal in the first half gave Polonia the advantage, which they maintained until the final whistle.

In the other men’s open fixture Caledonians notched their fifth win of the year with a comprehensive 5-0 result against last-placed Albany Royals.

Frazer Childs chalked up a hat-trick for the victors, while Kieran Loveridge and Liam McDonald also scored. In the women’s league A competition, Phoenix won 5-1 against Grammar Blue last Friday night to remain in second spot in the standings.

Bayswater's Mohammed Nawroozi takes on Polonia's Tom Hunt.
Camera IconBayswater's Mohammed Nawroozi takes on Polonia's Tom Hunt. Credit: Laurie Benson Albany Advertiser

Phoenix opened up a 4-1 lead at half-time and finished off with another goal in the second half to run away with the win.

Courtney Dekker, Shiarne and Chelsea Roth, and Heather Bosch all scored for the winners, with Jessica Norton scoring for Grammar.

Meanwhile, Caledonians won 4-0 against Polonia to jump into third place. Zoe Hodgkinson knocked in a double for Caledonians, while Brittany Ward and Bethany-Jane Rainbow also scored.

Caledonians remain undefeated in the men’s masters competition after defeating Denmark 1-0 last Tuesday.

In the other fixtures The Vets defeated Old Boys 5-1, Polonia downed Albany-Bayswater 4-0, and Cross Keys United narrowly edged out Rovers 6-5.

In the women’s league B competition, Polonia White thumped Albany-Bayswater 11-0, Grammar White defeated Rovers 4-1, Denmark Black downed Denmark White 2-1, Mt Barker United claimed a 4-0 victory over Royals and Port Albany took the points against Polonia Red with a 1-0 win.

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