Raiders claim first league premiership

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South Coast FC 1 def Sekol Masters 0 

Round 13 of the league, which also doubles as the first cup round, kicked off on Sunday with South Coast recording a slender victory over an undermanned Masters line up. 

South Coast had the better of the opening exchanges as the midfield trio of Jensen, Gunn and L. Duns controlled the tempo.

The early goal for the red and whites was not forthcoming though as the Masters’ defensive unit of J. Parthenis, Morrison, Clarke, Evenden and Canty held firm. 

After surviving the pressure from South Coast, Masters were able to work themselves into the match through the pace of Jamieson who went close to opening the scoring when he worked a chance for himself only to see his shot slide past the far post. 

The Sekol Masters’ midfield began to wrestle the ascendancy as Kolega, Broome, Wilkes and Turkmen started to combine.

As the teams went off for the half time break, Masters would have been feeling pleased with their work after beginning the match on the back foot. 

South Coast came out after the interval in much the same vein as they began the match but again the Sekol backline handled everything the Coasters had to offer.

Radovini, Hess, Ingerson and Fenwick in the South Coast backline were being kept on their toes as Masters responded with dangerous counter-attacks. 

The depth of the South Coast bench began to show as they rotated through the substitutes and the constant running at the Masters’ defence paid dividends as A. Duns capitalised on a defensive mix up to tap in from close range. 

In a close encounter with many solid performances South Coast’s Leon Duns was awarded the Pizzeria Trieste man of the match.

South Coast took a step towards the cup final with this win but Masters will need to salvage their season which promised so much only a couple of weeks ago.

Lincoln City Raiders 9 def Lincoln Knights 1 

A full strength Lincoln City Raiders claimed their maiden League Premiership prior to kick-off against a young and undermanned Lincoln Knights team.

The Lincoln Knights players knew they had a hard game ahead of them being one player short and Raiders boasting a full bench.

It was Raiders who scored first after Knights’ young gun Henry Price made a cracking save but was unable to get the ball out of play, with Ryan Sarunic pouncing on the loose ball and slotting it home.

It was not long before Raiders found the net again with a cracking shot from Ramon Dennis.

Raiders had hit their stride at this stage.

Simon Gale was having another great game for Raiders setting up play through the Knights’ defence with Lane Pennington getting on the end of a few through balls with great shots being saved by Price in goals.

Pennington eventually got a shot past Price in Knights’ goal who was having a cracking game saving just about everything.

The Knights’ midfield led by Pete Taylor and Braeden Hammond tried their best to lift their team with their off the ball running and passing.

Knights scored the next goal with apass from Hammond in behind the Raiders’ defence to Cameron Decoster who unleashed a cracking shot from just outside the 18 yard box, the ball flying past the Raiders’ keeper, belting the far post and bouncing in for a  goal.

At half time it was Raiders’ way 3-1. 

The second half saw the Raiders come out firing and before long had another goal on the board courtesy of Pennington.

The Knights started to play good football with Bradley Harkness and Luke Frears working well with each other with help from Taylor in the midfield.

Raiders held up well with keeper Marc Joosten cleaning up everything that came over the back of the defence.

Raiders kept firing with Gale, Dannen Blacker and Max Rogalski all getting goals from midfield.

At the back end of the half the Knights started to run out of puff with Raiders out playing them all over the park.

Raiders kept the shots coming with Price making save after save.

Raiders’ forwards and midfield kept the pressure on the Knights team with excellent passing and running play with L. Pennington scoring his hat trick.

Blacker scored his second with an outstanding solo run to beat the Knights’ keeper and slot it home. 

Despite the score-line the Knights team did not give up and it ended 9-1 to the new league premiers.

Hat trick hero Lane Pennington claimed the Pizzeria Trieste man of the match.