Border Raiders lose grip

August 10, 2017

THE Moama-Echuca Border Raiders’ men’s side couldn’t hold on against a fast-finishing Shepparton at home in Saturday’s Bendigo Amateur Soccer League action.

The Raiders could hardly have asked for a better start, 2-0 up inside the first 25 minutes, but the visitors lifted to overturn the deficit and take a 4-2 win.

Shepparton remained seventh on the BASL ladder with the win, the Border Raiders still stuck second-bottom with four games left to play this season.

Coming off its brilliant first win of the season, Moama seemed to carry over hot form when it grabbed the lead 14 minutes in through Robert Foran.

And nine minutes later, the advantage was doubled, Nicholas Brandrick with his first of the season for a 2-0 lead.

The Raiders looked to shut down Shepparton but conceded right on the cusp of half-time, Sandeep Kumar bringing his side back into the contest down 1-2.

Ahead but with a talented opponent looking to chase it down, Moama looked to tighten up defensively but Mohamed Saleh found a way through to level the game at 2-2.

And Shepparton’s class proved too much in the closing 20 minutes, Giacomo Alvisi taking the lead for Shepparton in the 73rd minute before putting the game to bed in the 88th with another.

The game was another strong fight from the Raiders and the side has continued to improve in recent weeks, with an eye towards more success in the coming seasons.

Division two had a similarly tough day, hammered 1-11 by Shepparton with Austin Linahan scoring the side’s loan goal.

The women’s and youth sides had the bye this week.

Next week’s matches against Epsom are important, particularly for the women’s side as it continues its charge toward finals.

Epsom sits second on the table, the third-placed Raiders looking to improve on a 2-6 loss from the last time the sides played.

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