Penalties decide semi
THE first division men’s soccer semi-final at Clinton Park yesterday was a thrilling game to the bitter end going into overtime.
Central played Valleys in the exciting match which ended 2-2 at full time, calling for another 15 minutes each way of extra time.
At the end of the extra stint the score was still 2-2 and the game went into a penalty shootout. Valleys finally won 7-6 on penalties.
Central Football Club president Ross Maudsley said Central was winning 2-0 with 20 minutes to go in the second half.
“Then Valleys kicked two goals in the second half making it a cliffhanger,” he said.
“Valleys’ goalkeeper did an excellent job of saving goals,” he said.
Maudsley described the match as a good, even game between the two semi-finalists.
“Our goalkeeper, Adam Sykes, played really well along with mid-fielder Jordan Donald and Aaron Pitts,” he said.
“The whole Central team played really well.”
Jordan Donald and Joel Maudsley scored the two goals for Central.
Central had experienced an up-and-down mixed season, Maudsley said.
“We started with a lot of wins and ended the season with a few losses that we could have won,” the club president said.
Central’s semi-final team was made up of a selection of 15 and 16-year-olds through to some experienced players.
The defeat ended the season for Central, but they are looking forward to going ahead next year.
In the other semi-final at Boyne Island, BTFC defeated Clinton 3-1 giving BTFC immediate entry into the grand final on September 25.
Clinton will now play Valleys in a cut-throat semi-final next weekend for a berth in the grand final.