|2021 U17||15th May 9:00am||League Round 6||WWSC Main Pitch 1|
It was a grey and chilly day with a cold wind blowing across the Woodside oval as The Hahndorf Magpies faced off against the Woodside Warriors in Round 6 of the Under 17 season.
At 9:02 am the Warriors kicked off to find that Xavier Kell had taken the ball straight up the wing and almost scored in the first 20 seconds. Woodside found their form and carried back with Hahndorf relying on Charlie Hodgson and Matt Daly with help from Daniel McArthur to keep reversing the flow of play.
Jye Martin drove at the Warriors goal finishing with a beautiful cross which just missed getting in. The Warriors managed to return in fine form and scored the first goal of the match with a clean head off of a corner kick. In return, Edward Hardingham and Tyler Weyland aggressively challenged and took another shot on goal, just missing. Followed by a long outside shot from Matt Daly off of Edward Hardingham’s pass which grazed the Warriors’ Keeper’s nose as it just missed the mark. The Warriors, meanwhile, did not let Hahndorf run the game. Their finely honed teamwork and aggressive offence had them scoring off of another corner kick.
At this point, with a score of 2/nil in the Warriors favour, Hahndorf had to do some soul searching and get back into the game. Following strong and sometimes “last-minute” defence by Daniel McArthur and Josh Rayner and some good saves by the Hahndorf Keeper, Toby Boekel, Hahndorf finally scored with a drive from Kyle Fenlon to Jye Martin and crossed to Matt Daly who kicked it in.
Now, with a goal on the board, Hahndorf found some spirit. David Nielsen stepped up with some great saves while Daniel McArthur was all over the field always just where the Warriors did not want him.
The moment arrived again. The Warriors found themselves in the position of having another corner kick, just suiting their skills at converting these into marks on the board. It was up and beautifully placed, but the Hahndorf team had found themselves and managed to keep this one from getting in. The Warriors, undeterred, drove it back with the Hahndorf Keeper, Toby Boekel, making a great save to keep the score at 2 to 1 at half time.
The second half started at 9.51 with darkening clouds and two teams “fired up” to take control of this game. This excitement turned into some challenging play with a yellow card to Hahndorf. This was followed by Matt Daly being fouled and given a free kick which he brought home beautifully, making the score 2 to 2, and the tension mounted.
Hahndorf feeling that this could be their chance had Daniel McArthur nearly converting a corner kick. Tyler Weyland and Josh Rayner led the defence keeping the Warriors’ strong and precise offence from scoring; while, David Nielsen seemed to come out of nowhere, at times, just managing to upset the attack.
The moment came with Xavier Kell, once again, driving up the wing, passing to Kyle Fenlon who passed to Jye Martin, and it became 3 to 2 in Hahndorf’s favour. The crowds erupted with the turnover, and the players increased the intensity leading to a penalty kick against Hahndorf. With Toby Boekel focused, reaching for it and barely missing the ball, the score became 3 to 3 and everyone held their breath with just six minutes left in the game.
In the final minutes of the game Hahndorf found themselves in the position of a corner kick, just the position that the Warriors had found so successful against them. Matt Daly kicked. Kyle Fenlon found the ball just at the outside corner, and it was in. Hahndorf pulled ahead 4 to 3 with three minutes left.
The struggle continued, as neither of these proud teams would give up, but Hahndorf managed to hold their lead with a final score in Hahndorf’s favour.
Hahndorf would like to thank Coach James Kerr, Manager James Kell and Narelle Hardingham for their support, and The Woodside Warriors for a good match on the day.