K. Fenlon (35'), D. McArthur (50'), E. Hardingham (60'), E. Hardingham (65'), K. Fenlon (75')
D. Nielsen (1st),
J. Rayner (2nd),
D. McArthur (3rd)
Stirling United 2
An away game for Hahndorf vs Stirling at Mansan oval with the sun out and a slight breeze, perfect playing weather.
The Hahndorf team tired from camp still were egar as ever to play some fantastic football. The whistle blew and both teams determined to put the ball in the back of the net. With Tyler Weyland in goals for the first half meant that the defence had to restructure with Daniel McArther doing an excellent job covering his position. Stirling had it in for Hahndorf fighting that little bit extra, making it hard for Hahndorf to work together. Xavier Kell never failing to give his all, kept the midfield in shape and always dropped back to support McArthur and Josh Rayner in defence when Stirling moved up the field. Kane Gibbs continuously providing Kyle Fenlon with many goal scoring opportunities but Stirlings defenders kept Hahndorf at bay. The frustration kicked in for Hahndorf until Weyland sent a long ball for Fenlon to run onto opening the scoring. Hahndorf back on there feet kept a tight defence with David Nielson and Toby boekel sticking on Stirlings forwards unallowing shots to be made. Charlotte Hodgson always being an option had a striking chance narrowly being blocked by the Stirling defence before Hardingham and Fenlon desperately tried to catch the leftovers.
Second half was underway with Hodgson undertaking the keeper position and Weyland back on the out-field. Stirling quick to press Hahndorf’s defence, their efforts provided them with 2 goals grasping them a glimpse of hope as they became the game leaders. Hahndorf lifiting there heads were quickly able
to send the ball into front of goal with McArthur making use of his positioning he was able to slice one past the keeper. Hahndorf now in the lead with no turning back keeping very tight defence not allowing Hodgson to touch the ball. Gibbs sending many balls to Hardingham up front allowed another 2 into the back of the net for Hahndorf. Rayner constantly working hard in the back lines let no one through clearing the ball while leaving no space for scraps. With not much time left Stirling were not giving up but nor did Hahndorf even despite the 4-2 lead. Within the last few minutes Fenlon was able to get past Stirlings defence and tapped it into the bottom corner of the net making it a 5-2 lead before the whistle blew. It was a tough game for both sides but Hahndorf managed to have a game changing come back with heads much higher in the second half.