C. Francis (40'), C. Francis (52'), C. Mclean (65'), H. Cotton (66')
C. Mclean (1st),
A. Knipe (2nd),
J. Bevan (3rd)
Stirling Districts White 1
The Warriors knew this would be a tough game against an opposition who finished last week with an emphatic win over their opponents. Again the Warriors started off slow and within a couple of minutes Stirling Districts had their first opportunity of the game, but a scrambling defence denied their opponents the lead. The next 20 minutes saw the ball travelling up and down the park as both teams fought to find that allusive first goal, good passages of play and crosses, by both teams, saw many balls fly in front of the goal mouth but neither team were able to find a waiting teammate to slot the ball home. The remainder of the half saw the Warriors camped down their opponent's end as they again began to make more opportunitites through movement on and off the ball but that opening goal still eluded them. As the half time whistle blew the Warriors boys and girl seemed to have the upper hand but neither team had managed to find the net. Half time score 0:0.
The second half started off as the last ended with the Warriors players applying more pressure to their opponents defence. At some point the Warriors looked more likely to score but Stirling Districts remained resolute and continued to deny the home team. Then it happened, a ball crossed from the left travelled across the face of the goal and landed in a mix of players before ending up in the Stirling Districts net. The ref took his time before awarding the goal to the Warriors. The Warriors now lifted their game and started to again dominate the half with some great passages of play and shots on target, but Stirling Districts defence and keeper continued to deny a second. But with the continued pressure Woodside looked the more likely to score, and score they did through a brilliant run that broke through Stirling Districts defence and the ball was slotted home. Soon after more exceptional passing found a Warrior clear in front of goals and they made sure the ball found the back of the net. While Woodside continued to make opportunities, the Stirling Districts keeper and defence worked hard to repel them and at every opportunity played long balls out of their defence in an effort to link up with their attackers, but the Woodside defence was on its game turning back these attacks though commitment to meet the oncoming ball and closing down the run of their opponents. When the ball did manage to get in the Woodside defensive half the Warriors remained calm and closed down opportunities or the keeper came off his line to pickup the ball. The Warriors kept their shape and in these instances the defence remained calm and played the ball out from the back with confidence and before long, through great movement and passing they managed to score their fourth of the game. Stirling Districts continued to fight and as the game was coming to an end started to spend a bit more time in the Warriors defensive end. Then a long ball out of defence managed to catch the Warriors defence napping and provided an opportunity for Stirling Districts to close the gap through a well placed shot that offered the goal keeper no chance. That is where the game finished.
The final score was the Warriors 4 and Stirling Districts White 1
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Woodside player A. Knipe
Woodside player C. Francis
Woodside player C. Mclean
Woodside player M. Nambiar and A. Knipe (behind, right) with A. Olsson (behind, left)
Woodside player A.Biffin Photographer: Jacqui Knipe
Woodside player D.Jones Photographer: Jacqui Knipe