M. Silvestri (27'), M. Silvestri (52'), J. Bevan (53'), L. Stott (59')
J. Bevan (1st),
M. Silvestri (2nd),
C. Mclean (3rd)
Stirling Districts White 0
In 2020 these two teams were the two top teams with BHS Forest and Torrens Valley also in the mix, but it was Stirling Districts who took home the silverware by two points from Woodside. So both teams knew that this was their first chance to see whom might be the likely contender for the 2021 trophy.
Fitting for the contest, we were provided with all three officials so this was an opportunity for all supporters to shout loud and players to bring their A game to the contest and that’s what coaches and spectators got for the first 20 minutes. From the first whistle both teams tried to find that passage of play that would get them into their opponent's attacking third and a shot on goal. Teams defended hard but Woodside seemed to clear their defensive lines with composure and purpose. As the game approached the midway mark of the first half, Woodside were applying the greater pressure with some great shots on target but as one shot hit the crossbar Woodside knew they had the upper hand. For the Warriors, today was about waiting for that opportunity and defending hard and that’s how they played. As they approached the 30 minute mark of the half Woodside’s defense held tight and a long high ball by their keeper found the Woodside striker in a foot race for goal. Taking his time and choosing his spot, the striker put his first goal home for the game. Stirling Districts then found an extra gear and applied their own pressure but Woodside's defence and midfield worked even harder to deny their opponents an opportunity. As the first half finished Woodside has a solitary goal lead and knew that their opponents were not out of the contest.
The first 10 minutes of the second half started off as it had finished with Stirling Districts pushing hard to find that elusive goal. Woodside though remained firm in defense, closing down opportunities and denying any shots on goal. Woodside was also creating opportunities getting behind Sterling’s defense and getting crosses into the box putting their opponents under great pressure. When one cross came into the back post two Warrior players were waiting and Woodside's striker scored his second for the game. Woodside had their tails up and not soon after the restart their defensive midfielder was left some space outside their opponent's 18 yard box. Taking his time he took the shoot and fired it into the back of the net. Woodside now had the upper hand, they still defended hard and repelled any Stirling attack. Woodside continued to attack down the flanks but a collision between a Woodside player and two District's players saw the game halted for some time as the Woodside player received some attention. Parents from both sides supported the injured player who felt dizzy from the knock. With a substitution made, Woodside managed to score its fourth but for the remaining 20 minutes the game was much more subdued. Woodside took the points this time but now as ladder leaders they know the next time these two teams meet the contest will be on again.
Woodside would like to thank the Stirling District parents and players who offered support to their injured player who finished the game sitting on the sideline supporting. It was good to also see his friends and former teammates in opposition shirts stand by his side as the final minutes counted down. Woodside looks forward to the next round when these two teams meet.
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Woodside player Joshua Bevan Photographer: Jacqui Knipe
Woodside player Christian Francis Photographer: Jacqui Knipe
Support from both sides for injured player, Christian Francis Photographer: Jacqui Knipe
Woodside player Riley Vassos Photographer: Brad Buik
Woodside player Emanuel Buik Photographer: Brad Buik