Stirling Rangers prove too strong for Denmark in Albany Junior Soccer Association under-16s competition

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Stirling Rangers' Thomas Musk runs on to the ball as Denmark's Ava Malata holds her ground.
Camera IconStirling Rangers' Thomas Musk runs on to the ball as Denmark's Ava Malata holds her ground. Credit: Laurie Benson

Stirling Rangers won their fifth game of the Albany Junior Soccer Association under-16s competition against Denmark in round eight last Saturday.

Stirling Rangers were in equal fourth spot going into their clash with the winless Denmark outfit but have now moved a game clear after their comfortable 3-0 victory.

Denmark made it very difficult for Stirling Rangers with Ava Malata and Luka Milburne as goalkeeper in exceptional form.

Denmark's Ava Malata takes the goal kick.
Camera IconDenmark's Ava Malata takes the goal kick. Credit: Laurie Benson

Stirling Rangers kept to their game plan and played with patience as their defence made overlapping runs to trouble the Denmark defence and worked them over to earn a 3-0 win.

In the under-15s competition Albany Bayswater were having trouble getting past the defence of John Calvin but they did eventually break the deadlock through Marlon Dewata before they doubled their lead through Eh Sher Dah and took a 2-0 half-time lead.

John Calvin scored shortly after the break through Tavis Plug and almost scored an equaliser.

Denmark goalie Luka Milburne takes possession.
Camera IconDenmark goalie Luka Milburne takes possession. Credit: Laurie Benson

The shot just missed the target, having beaten the Bayswater keeper.

Bayswater held on for a 2-0 win.

An outstanding fightback in the under-14s by Rovers secured a finals spot after they came from 3-0 down to beat Bethel who needed the win to have any hope of playing finals.

Stirling Rangers' Noah Sheehy and Denmark's Joel Bush contest the ball.
Camera IconStirling Rangers' Noah Sheehy and Denmark's Joel Bush contest the ball. Credit: Laurie Benson

Ehler Pweh got Bethel started after dribbling past two Rovers defenders and finding the back of the net following a pass from Ehgu Thay from the centre circle.

Rovers looked a little out of sorts and were struggling to deal with the Bethel pair who were dictating play for their side.

The pair linked up well again midway through the first half.

Stirling Rangers' Harry Knowlson takes the ball forward.
Camera IconStirling Rangers' Harry Knowlson takes the ball forward. Credit: Laurie Benson

As Pweh netted his second goal after receiving the ball on the edge of the box and then beating one defender before hitting the back of the net.

Rovers started to regain themselves a little bit but they went three down after Thay again set up Phew for his hat-trick.

With the wind behind them in the second half Rovers began the fightback with Jarrah Cartledge’s shot from the edge of the box that found the back of the net.

Stirling Rangers' Tully Franklin gets clear against Denmark.
Camera IconStirling Rangers' Tully Franklin gets clear against Denmark. Credit: Laurie Benson

Rovers were using their right-hand side well and delivered crosses into the box as Alex Leighton scored at the back post.

Leighton again tapped in to equalise soon afterwards and Bethel were now hanging on for a draw but they simply couldn’t deal with Rovers’ right-hand flank.

Yet another cross and a back post tap in for Leighton, for his hat-trick, secured the unlikely victory and a finals spot for Rovers.

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