THE team travelled to Strathdale for their last home and away game of the year and pressured the opposition defence right from the first whistle, but unfortunately could not score leaving the scores tied at nil all at half time.
After the break, the team continued to work well creating opportunities but it took until the final minutes for Riley Godfrey to slot home a goal to break the deadlock.
The Border Raiders continued to apply pressure and Riley scored another in the dying moments for a well deserved 2-0 win.
Every player contributed to the result in what was an even team effort.
The win handed the Border Raiders the 2017 championship and the right to host a home final next week.
Under 14 Black
SATURDAY saw the Raiders host the last game for the round at home against Spring Gully Red in a first versus third game.
With Raiders needing a win to secure the 2017 championship, they started too strong for Spring Gully in the first half of the game.
They dominated the ball and executed some wonderful ball play, ensuring the ball was well passed within the team.
At half time, excellent team play had paid off with a 4-0 score.
After the break the Raiders continued on but couldn’t add to their tally.
The Spring Gully Team kept us on our toes and defended the ball well, but they too were unable to score for the second half as our defenders kept sending the ball back to the Raiders’ goal end, final score was 4-0.
Goal kickers for the day were Jonston McCann with two, Andrew Martin and Josh Bavich with one each.
With another good win, Raiders wrapped up the 2017 championship with a game to spare and secured a home final next week against Eaglehawk.
Under 14 Green
THIS week the Raiders travelled to Bendigo for the last round of the championship to play Strathdale Glory.
The team were going in with a positive attitude and the desire to win.
The boys played hard and spent a lot of time on the ball, they defended well and found the net twice to go in at half time down 2-3.
The Raiders regrouped at half time and were eager to come away with the win.
The team came out ready and played some excellent soccer scoring another goal.
This, however, was not enough as Strathdale were still able to score twice, the final score 3-5.
This week our goal scorers were Will Ross, Shaelom North and Caleb Portwine, all with one each.
This was the last game for the season as 14 Green has ended up just outside the top four in fifth spot.
Credit to all the players this season as they have improved their soccer skills and sportmanship throughout the year, however, we were just not lucky enough in the end.
The hope is that all players will return for season 2018 to continue their development.
SATURDAY’S Under 18 game was against the second-placed Golden City in North Bendigo.
This was the last round of the home-and-away season and a must-win game if the young Raiders wanted to play finals.
From kick-off the Moama Border Raiders dominated their opponents over the entire pitch.
The Raiders drew first blood at the 10-minute mark and scored again at 30 minutes, which was good enough for a 2-0 lead at half time.
The second half was more of the same as the Raiders took control in every position on the pitch.
This led to another cracking goal at the 20-minute mark of the second half, which gave the Raiders a fantastic 3-0 win and third place on the ladder at the end of the home-and-away season.
Finals start this week and the Moama Border Raiders under 18s are at home against Castlemaine Gold in an elimination final.
Kick-off is at 12 noon.