The under 12 team took to the field against second-placed Strathdale Victory on the weekend looking to book a grand final place in a fortnight’s time.
The game was fitting of a final with both sides working hard, but Strathdale was first to strike capitalising on a fast-break after a defensive slip.
The determined Border Raiders rallied and were next to score from a wonderful strike by Riley Godfrey, 1-1 at half-time.
In the second half both teams gave their all in both attack and defence, but halfway through the second half Strathdale won and converted a penalty.
The goal was enough of a lead to hold until the end and book a spot in the grand final.
The Border Raiders now play Epsom to try and earn a rematch in the grand final.
Under 14 Black
The under 14s hosted Eaglehawk in the first qualifying final at Jack Eddy Oval, and made a quick start with a lead inside six minutes.
The quick goal seemed to give the championship side more confidence and it continued to attack throughout the first half with another three goals.
The second half was more of the same with another six unanswered goals to book a place in the grand final with a massive 10-0 win against their biggest rivals.
Goal scorers were Josh Bavich (four), Jonston McCann and Andrew Martin (two each), and Matt South and Connor Turner (one).
The grand final will be played in Epsom in two weeks with opposition yet to be decided.
Saturday’s games were the start of an exciting finals campaign for the Border Raiders, with the Under 18s playing a home elimination final against Castlemaine Gold, looking to beat them for the first time this season.
The winner would move to the preliminary final, and a motivated Moama came out keen to dominate the opposition early.
The Raiders’ midfield and defence overwhelmed their opposition, giving the forwards plenty of opportunities.
This led to the Raiders slamming two goals into the net before half-time without conceding.
The second half was again a great display of soccer by the young Raiders, moving the ball through the midfield with great skill.
But Castlemaine took advantage of a rare attack and goaled with 15 minutes left.
This motivated the Raiders even more and they replied quickly to end the contest with a 3-1 win.
Saturday’s preliminary final is against Golden City in Bendigo, the winner going into the grand final against Spring Gully.