Senior Redbacks move into finals

Dillie Prestegarde and Ryan Squires combine in attack for the Redbacks against Old Bar on Saturday.LUSC 1st Grade v

Old Bar

The Camden Haven Redbacks finally buried their Old Bar hoodoo last Saturday at Old Bar in the minor semi-final.

Having been beaten twice by them this season the Redbacks were keen for revenge and were brilliant in a fiercely contested game.

goal came from a cross with firstly Levi Tomasone then Dillie getting a shot on to give the ‘reds’ a 2-0 buffer. Keeper (birthday boy) Smithy ensured the lead remained intact with a strong display including a save from a direct Old Bar penalty.

Old Bar came out in the second half a much improved outfit. In fact the score was levelled within 15 minutes. The home side’s first goal came from a bullet cross that left Smithy still pondering how it snuck in on his near post (perhaps a dodgy net) and the second when the Redbacks defence failed to deal with a corner. Half way through the second half a certain penalty seemed to be awarded to the Redbacks, however the referee somehow changed his mind to an indirect.

When eventually taken it became a scramble which was justifiably poked in by Luke Buckley to give the Havens a 3-2 lead, which they held on to for the remainer of the game.

This Saturday both senior sides shall contest the final at Koala St as we take on Port Panthers for the right to meet Macleay Valley Rangers in the Grand Final.

“There is a good feeling in the squad now however, we still need to keep working hard” said manager Nev Raccani.

“ One sour note on the day was losing Luke Bradney with a suspected broken collar bone – he has been outstanding all season and will be missed, but our depth is good this season and whoever steps up will do the job. Go you Redbacks two to go. Thanks to our great support down there I’m sure we will double that at Port closer to home.”

Reserve Grade

A trip down to Old Bar for a shot at the Grand Final was a big game for reserves. A strong line up and plenty of confidence led to a good start to the game. A strong wind at our backs also added territorial advantage.

Daniel Trompert saw plenty of the ball and his raids down the right had Old Bar scrambling. Lee Hartshorne held the ball well with one cracking shot clipping the bar. All looked well but our advantage wasn’t being converted despite plenty of good build up from Jose Usteriz, Ando, Trump and Boyd Goodear which led to chances but no goals. Old Bar’s forwards always kept our backs on their toes but they were rarely beaten. 0-0 half time. A change of ends and a change in fortunes as Old Bar put the wind to their advantage. Also the loss of three players through injury didn’t help. Old Bar pushed the backs deep and the Redbacks struggled to deal with their pace. From a resulting corner a free header beat Westy to give Old Bar the lead 1-0. A quick response was needed and Al Williams supplied with a good break and nice finish 1-1. However the boys didn’t didn’t capitalize with Old Bar the hungrier for the win. A huge goal kick let their forward in to beat Westy to the ball for a 2-1 late in the game. with time running out the Redbacks threw it all at them but its Old Bar who won their way straight through to the Grand Final.

“A sloppy second half cost us today, but with some players in YD1 final the night before and the injuries it was always going to be tough” said coach Bill Roe.

‘We need to all turn up next week versus Taree for another crack. We need to get back to some good soccer which we are more than capable of. Man of the match was tight with Ando edging out Jose and Boyd. Come on fellas let’s not let it slip away now. Go you Reds.”

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