Gloucester Soccer Club
Weekly Wrap Up 3/09/17
Drifta Set To Play In Semi Finals
Saturday 2nd September Gloucester Scorpions' Drifta 14s team played their toughest game yet, against Tuncurry Black at Bulahdelah with both teams vying for a spot in the semi finals next week.
Joseph placed Drifta on the scoreboard within the first few minutes of play, but an unfortunate own goal by Drifta followed shortly after. Zeke, Harrison and Aiden assisted Joseph's second goal ten minutes into the game. Jack and Hayden's strong defence helped Isaac in goals with some great saves in the first half.
Tension hit the air as Tuncurry jammed an unstoppable ball into the net over Josh's head to provide the equaliser. Both Tuncurry and Drifta fought as hard as ever being locked at 2-2, although Drifta maintained domination for the majority of the game and provided Tuncurry's talented keeper with plenty of action from Kelly, Kayden and Beau. Unfortunately Drifta had a few goals disallowed due to previous plays being offside, including Hayden's first screamer of a goal just moments before full time.
Nail biting extra time began with both teams determined for a win. Tristyn, Lane and Isaac put their bodies on the line, along with some spectacular saves by Josh in goals for the first half of extra time. Zeke slammed the ball in the net and the crowd went wild, unfortunately his goal being disallowed for offside. Full time whistle blew just as Aidens final shot of hope skimmed past the post.
After coaches ordered their penalty takers in line and returned to their benches, it was all up to the boys to bring it home. First up was Kelly, who sent it into the net. Tuncurry took their shot only to have Zeke rebound it back to them. Joseph's attempt unfortunately skimmed just past the outside of the post. Tuncurry then scored their first penalty just out of Zekes reach. Josh, next in our line sent his ball sailing over the keeper. Tuncurry then scored another penalty. Then, surprising Tuncurry and the crowd, Zeke stepped out of goals to take a penalty for Drifta, sending his ball into the net. Going back to goals Zeke was unable able to stop Tuncurry's next attempt. With penalties locked at 3-3, Aiden stepped up as our last one in line, his ball going too wide for the keeper. Nerves set in as Tuncurry lined up their final player, Zeke put his body on the line and saved the last ball of the day. Final score Gloucester 6, Tuncurry 5. Emotions went flying over the field as this now puts Drifta in the semi finals next week against Bulahdelah, who are the season premiers and have never played each other yet as that round was washed out. Thank you to all who came and supported this weeks game. Check out Gloucester Soccer Club's Facebook page later this week for the venue and time details for next weeks game.