TERRIERS MAKE IT 7 IN A ROW
The Terriers were faced with the tough task of travelling down to James Browne Oval on the weekend for a top of the table clash, to kick start the second round of fixtures. As expected, the game was tightly contested from the opening whistle as both sides had lots to play for. The Terriers were struck a blow early when striker Ethan Hall took his touch past the opposition defender before copping a kick to the face, which resulted in coach Chris Ackerley needing to go to the bench inside the first 10 minutes.
The game was a real battle in the first half with neither side creating many chances with both defences showcasing why their teams are at the top of the table. With the sides going into the sheds on level terms, it would be the home side who would take the advantage after the break from a well struck free kick. It wouldn’t take the Terriers long to hit back though after a great turn in the box from striker Andrew Klijn would find himself awarded a penalty kick, which he then stepped up and coolly converted to level the scores.
As the game continued to be a battle the terriers were once again given the chance to go in front this time after midfielder Jayden Radford bravely latched onto a loose ball, rounding the goalkeeper and was brought down. This would give the chance for young Harry Fountain to step up to the spot and keep his cool twice to score, as he was made to retake after the early encroachment into the box by his teammates.
The Terriers continued to defend valiantly as Southern Ettalong continued to push on with a late surge, with the game finishing 2-1 to the Terriers continuing their impressive winning streak.
Reserve grade looked to also continue with their good run of form and got off to the ideal start to the game with a goal to Seth Hedley to give the Terriers and early 1-0 lead. Again much like the first-grade game both of these teams continued to battle out the rest of the half and it wasn’t until the injection of Braith Hedley into the game which would see the Terriers get their second goal of the afternoon. As Southern continued to push they managed to grab a late goal back to half the deficit and continued to push on, but ultimately coming up short after a great defensive display from the Terriers.
Third Grade also looked to keep their good form going after keeping their first clean sheet of the year in their last game, but it didn’t take long for the hosts to take the advantage after the ball was met from yet again another set piece which found its way across the line. The terriers would reply immediately when Mitch Wallace put his foot through one, from inside his own half that found the back of the net off the kick off. The hosts would once again though regain the lead going into the break after an impressive finish. The Terriers came out on the front foot but were unable to take their chances and ultimately paying the price conceding three goals in the second half.
First Grade – 1-2(Klijn, Fountain)
Reserve Grade – 1-2 (S. Hedley, B. Hedley)
Third Grade – 5-1 (Wallace)