Semi-final showdown

HOT SHOTS: Swat got the better of Red to book their place in the grand final in Emerald’s six-a-side soccer competition. sw-021110-004b
HOT SHOTS: Swat got the better of Red to book their place in the grand final in Emerald’s six-a-side soccer competition. sw-021110-004b

ON THE TOE: Good as Gold. sw-021110-005a

IT was semi-finals time for Emerald’s six-a-side soccer league on Tuesday night with little love lost between the long-time rivals.

Strikers secured a solid 3-1 win over Good as Gold, despite playing with an empty reserves bench, to progress directly to the grand final in two weeks.

As one Striker’s player put it, the team numbers were a luxury, as usually they could only get four players on the field.

Strikers captain Darren Strutz-Grimmond said substitutions could actually hinder the overall performance in some cases.

“Sometimes we’ve found it’s better for us because we can keep the same structure going, with the same players for the whole game,” he said.

“We’re stoked to win but we know it’s not over yet.

“Gold are a hard side and expect that we’ll probably be meeting them in the grand final.”

Gold captain Manuel Smith said the opportunities were there but the execution wasn’t.

“We just needed to make the most of the shots we had”.

Mario Terranova slotted two goals for Strikers and Jonti Donoghue one.

In the night’s second men’s semi-final, D’oh came back from a two-nil deficit to defeat All Saints 4-3 on a penalty shoot-out.

After the game was locked up level at full-time, the sides played two five-minute halves, determined by a heartbreaking penalty shoot-out which was the killer blow.

In the ladies, Swat took out a 3-1 victory over Red to secure a spot in the grand final.

Faye Neville scored Red’s sole goal and Tayla Roberts nailed all three for Swat.

Winning captain Shelly Walters said the score probably didn’t represent the true battle.

“We’ve had good tussles with these girls all year.”

Meanwhile Black Saints defeated Ooome 3-1 in the minor semi-final. Nicole Harrold scored all three for Saints and Rachel Bacon slotted Ooome’s only goal.

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