Raiders close season with Golden City draw

September 15, 2017

Mathew Crothers looks to break through Golden City’s defence on Sunday.

Moama-Echuca Border Raiders’ season came to an end on Sunday, having a 1-all draw against Golden City at Deniliquin’s Rotary Park.

It was a positive end to a tough season for the Raiders’ Division Two team, which is mostly made up of Deniliquin Wanderers players after the two clubs merged to contest the Bendigo Amateur Soccer League this year.

Signs were good early for the Raiders on Sunday, with striker Bailey Hart finding the back of the net at the eight minute mark of the game.

After dominating most of the play for no score, the Raiders went into half-time in front for just the second time this year.

Missed opportunities at goal would come back to haunt the home side in the second half, when a penalty was awarded to Golden City in the 67th minute.

Nick Pell levelled the scores with his penalty kick, swinging momentum Golden City’s way.

The Raiders then managed to hold off a dangerous City, spending much of the remainder of the game in their defensive half to split the premiership points with the visitors.

Deniliquin Wanderers president and Raiders player Mathew Crothers said it was disappointing that his side couldn’t get the win.

‘‘If we had’ve taken our chances early then we would’ve won,’’ he said.

‘‘We absorbed a lot of pressure late in the game and did well to hold them out.

‘‘We’d like to thank the Raiders for allowing us to play each week.

‘‘It’s been so good to be a part of competition soccer again and we, as a club, are keen to be a part of it next season.’’

The Raiders Division Two side finished their season with one win, one draw and 20 losses.

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