Paul Pomroy soars above the pack.Raider’s striker Harry Gale rewrote the odds on the winner of the Raider’s golden boot award last weekend with a four goal haul against a disappointing Boambee Bombers outfit.
A brace in the first and second halves bought Gales season tally to 6 and was a welcome return to form for the hard working forward. Gale said post match that it was good to hit the back of the net before lauding the efforts of the defense and midfield pointing out that they were the heroes not him. And a new back four it was too with coach Tom Campbell replacing the blonde beiber Adam Marks with Paul Pomroy and Jai Waddick with Channey Simmonds, the moves enforced by various midseason injuries and highlights the depth of talent that the Raiders have at the moment. Spare a thought for Bombers hard working coach Dave Ayrani, his side conceding an eye watering 13 goals in two games (the Lions whacked in 7 the previous round) its enough to put you into that room of mirrors sans clothes to have a good look at yourself.
Without the bad boy Brady Parker the Bombers seem to have lost their way and have been left with enthusiasm to get them on the scoresheet. That said Ayrani must have been pleased with the efforts of their keeper Zac Keating Ware who pulled a number of great saves his positioning and selflessness denying Urunga several certain goals also Josh Chapman his spark creating a few problems for the Raider’s defense.
The Urunga side though were two up at the break and seemed to have control of the match they certainly had most of the possession in the first 45 minutes but at Aryeshire Park AKA ‘the runway’ and that bounce who knows what the Bombers could come up with in the second. Well I can tell you that question was answered in emphatic terms moments after the Bombers kicked off. Ben Dooley won possession of the ball seconds after the Bombers restarted play and fired out a ball for Tommy Frewen to connect with Kale ‘Horatio’ Hopper, Hopper boned one defender before passing to Gale this time the provider for Hopper to sweep around and fire at Keating Ware from 17m and into the net to advance the score to 3 -0. It was a slick piece of play by the visitors the speed, the ball control on show and appreciated by anyone in maroon and white and would be repeated at regular intervals for the next 42 minutes. The Bombers best chance of scoring seemed to be the odd free kick awarded by Dave Morgan for a careless Raider challenge but no joy there either for the home side and the raiders ran out comfortable 6-0 victors, the win lifting the Raiders into 3rd position on the ladder
This weekend it may be a different story at the Cabbage Patch as the Raiders front up against the 2nd placed Maclean Bobcats who went down 2-1 to the Lions last weekend and that was at Maclean. The kickoffs for that match on Sunday will be 12pm U/21’s and 2pm for 1st grade it will be a cracker. In other results, the U/21’s came through a few nervous moments to run out 2-1 winners over Boambee, the win keeping them at the top of the table, the U/17’s had a hard fought 2-1 win over Northern Storm Daniel Gregory and Joel Teece standouts in that game they remain at the top as well, while the women won reserve grade 2-1 Kaniesha Phillips Cook making an immediate impact in that game scoring the winner but went down 4-1 in first grade which would be a new feeling for the previously undefeated side. I hope to see you at the Cabbage Patch this Sunday for the Raiders V Bobcats it will be the match of the round.
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