The team took on Spring Gully Red Storm in blustery conditions, but despite kicking with the breeze at their backs the Border Raiders dominated possession but couldn’t find the back of the net.
Riley Godfrey was denied a brilliant long goal when his shot crashed into the cross-bar, at half time the score was 0-0.
In the second, the team continued to work hard and was rewarded when Cooper Turner went on an excellent solo run and finished with a classy goal, but Spring Gully bounced back with two goals in the last five minutes to snatch victory.
Carlos Varapodio was a wall in defence, Godfrey was once again dominant in defence the midfield and Noah Mundie made excellent saves throughout the game.
Under 14 Black
On a windy and cold day at Castlemaine, the Raiders controlled the game and broke down Castlemaine’s strong defence to lead 6-0 at half-time.
Castlemaine made the Raiders fight for every goal, but the second half was more of the same, the final score 12-0.
This week we saw Jonston McCann score five goals, Josh Bavich three and one each for Connor Turner, Alec Colturi, Rory Van de Zand and Liam Hamilton.
The team remains second on the ladder and next week plays fifth-placed Epsom Scorpions at home.
Under 14 Green
The sun was shining but the wind was blowing when we hosted Golden City Rams on Saturday.
The Raiders had many players unavailable, but had the pleasure of having Riley Godfrey and Luke Kane play up in our division.
All day the defenders stayed focused to allow the side to keep control and James Mawson scored a cracker goal from 30 metres, assisted by both Shaelom North and Luca Caiolfa.
The second half saw Golden City make the score 2-1, but consistent Will Ross scored another two goals for the Raiders cementing the 4-1 win.
The team is third on the ladder, and next faces sixth-placed Colts Rovers in Strathfieldsaye.
The team travelled to Strathdale on Saturday with only 10 players due to injuries and illness, playing one short all day, against a strong Strathdale squad.
The Raiders were under pressure early as Strathdale pounced to score two first-half goals, the Raiders unlucky not to score themselves with several chances.
The Raiders dominated the second with great ball movement and wonderful shots, but couldn’t find the back of the net.
Tiring deep in the second half, Strathdale scored against the play to finish the 3-0 win, but the score didn’t reflect the effort produced through the game.
This loss drops the Raiders to fourth on the ladder, still in the race for the championship with five games left in the season.