Grenfell Junior Soccer

CONTEST: Grenfell Stinger Connor Day competes for the ball in their recent match against Young Services Club. Photo: Trevor Knight.
CONTEST: Grenfell Stinger Connor Day competes for the ball in their recent match against Young Services Club. Photo: Trevor Knight.

In what would grow to be a thrilling match, the Grenfell Under 17s Strikers faced Young Services Club on July 29. Aiden Skinner was Grenfell’s goalie for the first time this season, displaying that goal keeping is like riding a bike: the skill cannot be forgotten. Andrew Knight got the game rolling with an almost goal early in the first half. The backs of Shannon Best, Ethan Skinner, Kate Amery, Jess Pereira and Chris Heatley played marvellously, forcing offsides, helping Aiden defend the goal and feeding the ball forward. Marie Knight, Paige Hughes, Josh Pargeter and Andrew showcased fantastic passing, keeping the tough Young side on their toes. In the last moments of the first half, Andrew managed to score twice, the first off one of Connor Day’s multiple attempts, the second by wrestling the goalie for the ball. Half time score was 2-0. Ready to defend their lead, the Strikers took to the field again. Logan Amezdroz worked well in the midfield to provide Andrew and Connor with plenty of goal striking opportunities. Fellow midfielder Paige played spectacularly, wrestling control off the Young side even when one of her own players had the audacity to knock her over. Aiden also made some fantastic saves throughout the game, being unlucky to let through two tricky goals. With the score now even and precious little time left on the clock, both teams were desperate to score the winning goal.  All players ran faster and kicked harder than ever before. Then finally, after an outrageous amount of “practice” shots, Connor slid in Grenfell’s winning goal, bringing the score Grenfell: 3, Young: 2. – Sarah Knight