MOAMA-ECHUCA’S women’s side all but locked up third position on the Bendigo Amateur Soccer League table and a home final with a dominating 6-0 win against Swan Hill.
It was expected to be a positive day for the Border Raiders considering their opposition’s status as the bottom team in the league, and they delivered on that promise with a comprehensive display, scoring three goals in each half.
They remained third on the table and would only drop from that position with a loss and a six-goal swing in goal difference towards Shepparton South.
Coach Darryl Brown was happy the side had handled business in an efficient manner.
‘‘I was rapt, they did really well considering the conditions of a very hard ground and a 35km/h wind across the pitch,’’ he said.
‘‘I just said it was important to keep to the ball on the ground, which they did. I asked them, maybe as a Father’s Day present, to score in the first five or 10 minutes and they did, and then the second half I said the same thing and they did it again.’’
Cameron Yeates opened the scoring just four minutes in, quick goals something Brown said the side always made a point of pushing for.
‘‘We concentrate on it, and go out and really put in to see what we can do,’’ he said.
‘‘We’ve been working on it because it really hurts teams. We’ve been on the wrong end of early goals and we know how much it hurts: it throws plans into disarray and you have to adjust on the go and work back into the game.’’
Brittany and Natalie Sands scored goals two minutes apart to build a comfortable lead, one the Raiders never were in danger of losing.
Lily Kettle moved to striker in the second half and bagged two goals in five minutes for a 5-0 lead, Courtney Ladgrove completing the rout in the 87th minute.
Brown was pleased with how well players had adapted to different positions.
‘‘They’re coming along really well as a team and work well together,’’ he said.
‘‘We had Isabella Gow in an unfamiliar position at striker and she adapts to it, and Lily Kettle did exactly the same. We’ve trained different positions to cover each other, and we’ve reaped the benefits of that versatility.’’
The women’s side will face Golden City in Deniliquin this weekend to wrap up the regular season, another result expected against the ninth-placed side.
With the women’s strong results and a number of junior sides performing well too, Brown said it was a good time to be around the club.
‘‘It’s been one of the club’s toughest years on record but there’s still been bright spots,’’ he said.
‘‘The girls have finished third, the under 12A’s won the premiership, so did the under 14As, the 14Bs were just out of the finals and the 18s were in third position; it’s not all grim.
‘‘Our juniors are doing really well, we’re not far away but we’ve just lacked numbers in the senior men’s teams. That’s what we want to build to go with our juniors coming through.’’
The youth championship side also posted a massive result on the weekend, thumping Swan Hill 6-0.
James Brown and Suleyman Mubariz both scored twice while Nicholas Brandrick and Jack Devereux scored one each.