THE team took to the pitch against Strathdale on Saturday and it was up for the challenge, dominating possession and defending well when needed.
The boys created many opportunities but couldn’t find the back of the net, 0-0 at half-time.
In the second half, the Border Raiders again couldn’t finish off good chances and Strathdale Victory was able to counter attack for two late goals to take the win.
Carlos Varapodio and Nick Keatinge were excellent in defence while Cooper Turner, Luke Kane and Max Trewhella worked hard through the midfield.
Under 14 Black
UNDER 14 Black took on Epsom at home with a heavy wet pitch from overnight rain.
The Raiders took to the lead in under 10 seconds when Epsom was caught off guard at the kick-off with Joshua Bavich slotting one straight into the net.
They continued to dominate the game, ahead 8-0 at half-time.
The Raiders started the second half where they left off winning 17-0.
The defence was superb with Liam Hamilton, Mathew South, Bailey Steele and Connor Turner not allowing Epsom many shots on goal.
The midfield showed strength not allowing Epsom time on the ball, Luka Van De Zand one of the standouts.
Goalscorers for the day were Jonston McCann (eight), Alec Colturi and Andrew Martin (three), Liam Hamilton (two) and Joshua Bavich.
The win took the side to the top of the ladder, before next week’s trip to Bendigo to play Spring Gully White who is third.
Under 14 Green
ON A cold and wet morning, the boys travelled to Strathfieldsaye for a tough game against Colts.
We fought hard for goals and the half-time score was 2-2.
Keeper Lachlan Sands was brilliant, saving many potential goals.
Each team fought for a winning goal, but the Colts grabbed one late to win 3-2.
Will Ross scored both goals, while James Mawson and Shaelom North played well.
Next week, the team faces eight-placed Eaglehawk.Under 18
THE team faced Castlemaine on Saturday and the first half saw the young Raiders produce their best soccer of the season, with ball movement from defence to the midfield exceptional.
But it couldn’t capitalise and missed several shots at goal, and Castlemaine jumped on a rare opportunity to score and lead 1-0 at half-time.
The second half was again quality with both teams displaying wonderful passing and general skills.
The Raiders hit back with an early goal and created several chances but couldn’t find the back of the net.
Similar to the first half, Castlemaine produced some fast-paced ball movement and took opportunities with five second-half goals.
The final score was 6-1 to Castlemaine, the Raiders back on the road this Saturday to face league-leading Spring Gully.