Brown’s fantastic four

June 06, 2018

Border Raider James Brown during Sunday's Bendigo league under 18 final against Golden City at Epsom Reserve. PHOTO: Steve Huntley

FOUR GOALS from Border Raiders skipper James Brown could not save his side from enduring a ninth week without a win.

The Moama Echuca Border Raiders’ 5-5 draw against Colts United was drama-filled from start to finish on Sunday.

Playing at Jack Eddy Oval, the home side found themselves 1-3 down at half time, the Raiders’ goal courtesy of Brown — which was a good recovery after Colts put away three chances inside the first 10 minutes.

From there the Raiders took off, scoring three of their own (Brown completed a hat-trick and TJ Callander got the other) in 13 minutes to go 4-3 ahead and pile the pressure back on to the away side.

But Colts weren’t done. A seventh goal in eight matches for Godwill Basha levelled the scores once again with 20 minutes remaining.

A tumultuous season for TJ Callander continued when he was sent from the pitch, receiving a second yellow card for a badly timed challenge with 13 minutes left to play.

The Raiders responded superbly to being a man down — inspirational leader Brown tucked away his fourth, and the team’s fifth, with just minutes remaining.

But the Raiders will have to wait at least one more week for a first win, as Colts’ Jordan Buckley nabbed his second goal of the afternoon in stoppage time to end the game as it started, in a draw.

The result is not one to be looked down on for the cellar-dwelling Raiders side. Colts had travelled across to Moama in seventh, four spots ahead.

Border Raiders coach Darryl Brown said without a couple of key players, his side performed admirably.

‘‘We were missing Tiziano Carbone (hamstring) and Adam Richardson (back), but we had James coming back from a particularly nasty ankle injury. To see him run at full pace again didn’t seem to worry him too much on the weekend, which was great,’’ he said.

The Border Raiders have the week off for a community championships break, and will resume their season against Golden City on June 17.

‘‘Seriously looking forward to Golden City — we’ll be looking to get a win there, and also hoping to have Adam and Tiziano (back).

‘‘We’re still doing all right because our points total season last year was three, so we’re still not halfway and already have more. So for us it’s a big stepping stone,’’ he said.

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