|2020 U16||22nd August 11:30am||League Round 9||HSC Main Pitch 1|
After a wet week, it was one of those mornings you would rather be at home in front of the fire, but upon arrival at the Pine Avenue Pitch the conditions were better than expected. The rain had stopped and the sun was trying to poke through the clouds. With a near full team lineup, the undefeated Hahndorf team were ready for anything Stirling had to kick at them.
Hahndorf were quick off the mark to score in the first four minutes, when a cross from Kane Gibbs found the boot of Angus Mason resulting in the first goal. Shortly after, a penalty shot from a handball in the square resulted in Xav Kell making the score two nil. Stirling then responded with a goal to make the score 2-1. As always, the solid defense of Josh Rayner, Jackson Doley and David Nielsen with Toby Bockel and Oakley Lockyer interchanging throughout made this the only goal Stirling scored for the half. The Stirling 'keeper had a hard day with a goal that slipped through his fingers from Mason and a teabag by Kell that just crossed the line, resulting in a 4-1 score at half time.
During the break the rain began. The boys ran out into the wet, some of their kit now more black and brown than black and white. Kyle Fenlon, with a quick tap forward, ran onto the ball and scored the first goal of the second half. Stirling picked up their attacking game and scored one more goal. Alex Montagu constantly thwarted Stirling's attack in the mid and James Bagley was solid in the goals. Hahndorf continued to push forward with Edward Hardingham and Hayden Abrahams. A goal kick from Doley, enabled Gibbs to accelerate with a tap forward and score the final goal of the game, resulting in a dominant 6-2 win.
By Damien Rayner