Narooma Redbacks semi-finals drama: Soccer

REDBACKS YOUTH BOYS: Narooma Redbacks Youth Boys stoked after their win against the Moruya Swans: coach Shane Allison, Jamie Dunk, Keegan Peel, Elliott Bendixsen, Luke Seaman and Pablo Crome. Front from left Logan Sydenham, Zak Wilson, Zac Martin, Sam Negus and Campbell Allison.

REDBACKS YOUTH BOYS: Narooma Redbacks Youth Boys stoked after their win against the Moruya Swans: coach Shane Allison, Jamie Dunk, Keegan Peel, Elliott Bendixsen, Luke Seaman and Pablo Crome. Front from left Logan Sydenham, Zak Wilson, Zac Martin, Sam Negus and Campbell Allison.

THIS season's semis were played at Moruya on Sunday with Narooma teams featuring in the Youth Girls major, the Youth Boys minor and All Age Ladies minor.

The Youth Girls were delighted to book a place in the finals with their 1 - 4 win against Moruya.

The Youth Boys faced a repeat of last week's 3 - 3 match versus Moruya Swans and as it promised to be, it was a cracker. First we had the excitement of whether Elliott would make it or not, but turning up at the last minute got the adrenaline running and he went on fired up and playing well.  Within 10 minutes Moruya took the lead from a free kick slammed home from the edge of the penalty area.  Within five minutes, Narooma equalized from Pablo's header, deftly taken from a high through ball under pressure from the keeper.  More end to end play resulted in Moruya ahead 2 - 1 but once again, Narooma were quick to equalize when Elliott fought his way across goal and slipped the ball into the near corner, wrong-footing the keeper. Two all at half time.

The second half kept the spectators on the edge of their seats, knowing that a result had to be achieved on the day.  The deadlock was broken when Pablo was fouled just inside the box and a penalty was awarded.  Elliott stepped forward and calmly put the ball into the net: not easy in such a high pressure moment.  Narooma's joy was short lived however as Moruya broke back again to equalize at 3 all.  Now the pressure was really on. 

Zak Wilson has to be commended for a number of amazing blocks of goal attempts and Sam Negus really put his body on the line when he hurled himself in front of a Moruya player intent on goal.  Nearing the end of the match and facing extra time playing with no substitutes against a team with three, Narooma kept attacking. Once again it was a foul on Pablo that gave the boys the break they were working for.  Elliott rocketed home the free kick from the edge of the penalty box and it was 4 - 3.

Moruya fought determinedly to break back again but time was against them and the whistle went for full time to the delight of the Narooma contingent. Credit to all players for playing so hard: the picture shows how much the lads enjoyed the win.  Narooma Sports & Services Club Best on Field went to Elliott Bendixsen.

The lads won a place in next week's Preliminary Final versus Moruya Blues at Bodalla, kick off 12pm.

The All Age Ladies faced a tough game versus Batemans Bay after qualifying for the semis fourth on the ladder.  Unfortunately the challenge was too great on the day and they went down 5 - 0.  Congratulation ladies on making the semis.

Finals will be at Dalmeny September 14: come and watch!

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