NARACOORTE United travelled to Mount Gambier to play Blue Lake in Western Border soccer on the weekend.
The game started well with Paddy opening the score for us, after a good run.
The Rangers however were swift to reply, and rapidly overhauled our score. Hatchingson redressed some of the balance by converting a goal from the penalty spot, but Blue Lake finished the half well in front.
The second spell was a rather scrappy affair, and although Paddy added another goal to his tally, our opponents overwhelmed us with another four goals, to come out as decisive winners.
Like our other junior teams, the under 12s are a developmental squad who improve slowly from game to game.
The 17s had been taught a stern lesson by the Rangers in the Cup rounds, so it was really a test to see how much our developmental squad had improved. We were down to 12 through illness and injury, with another four players coping with minor ailments, so the prospects did not look good.
Blue Lake played their usual powerhouse game, but were contained to a five goal advantage at the break. Jawid limped off the field at half time, so we were now down to a bare 11.
The second period saw a concerted effort by United, who battled on, and saw off attack after attack from the opposition.
Although Blue Lake added to their tally we were finally rewarded with a fine goal from Fletcher, who latched onto a cross from Callum and pushed the ball into the back of the net. We were never going to really trouble the Rangers, but our ever improving squad managed to put a dent in their armour.
United's B team had a 3-1 loss to Blue Lake.
Naracoorte controlled a lot of the play for parts of the first half but didn't manage to score even with a couple of good opportunities.
Blue Lake took advantage of their goal shooting opportunities to lead at half time 1-0.
Naracoorte played better in the second half with S.Higgs coming out of defence to strengthen the midfield.
It wasn't enough to stop Blue Lake scoring another two goals before D. Owen managed to header a goal.
Final score 3-1. Kincraig Hotel best on ground J. Thurlow.
Best players S. Higgs, A. Munro and D. Owen.