Ugly end to junior soccer match

By Riverine Herald

UGLY SCENES in the youth division added to a poor weekend of results for the Moama Echuca Border Raiders.

An incident occurred after the final whistle in the youth side’s 1-4 defeat at the hands of 2017 semi-finalists Shepparton South at McEwen Reserve on Sunday.

After a South player was sent for an early shower for an ugly shove, Raiders player Patrick Mathers was confronted after the match.

A Raiders club official, who did not want to be named, said Mathers had earlier been targeted on the field by a number of nasty tackles during another stellar game from the gun 14 year-old before the red card incident.

The club official said the Raiders side had to walk past the home team’s change rooms to get to the car park, which is where the incident happened.

‘‘I warned the Shepp guy that Paddy’s dad is a lot bigger than he is, but he continued, and as if on cue his dad turned up — and he’s a big guy.

‘‘So after that they went back into their changing rooms pretty quickly,’’ they said.

In other matches, the senior men’s team lost to a strong South team 0-11, where South’s Joel Aitken bagged six goals.

Men’s team coach Darryl Brown said South was a quality side, and played hard but fair soccer.

‘‘We had James Brown (ankle), Adam Richardson (back), and Mitch Langenbacher (illness) all out, Toby Song was playing with a back injury and Bryton Moore and Tiziano Carbone were returning from injury.

‘‘It was a tough day at the office. Take nothing away from them, they took us seriously, and came to play hard,’’ he said.

Sunday’s match sees the Raiders travel to Epsom in search of their first win of the season. ‘‘Epsom will be at full strength and I suspect we might be at half strength, because we’ll probably have three or four out again come this weekend,’’ Brown said.

In other results the women’s side lost 1-11, and the men’s reserves lost 1-4.

And in the junior Saturday matches, 12th grade B had stand out performers in Harvey White, Flynn Gilbert, and Ellie Hourigan in an entertaining 4-1 win.

The 14th grade B Black side played Spring Gully as the Raiders dominated possession and were able to secure a 3-1 win.

The under-14 A Green team snared a 4-1 win against Spring Gully. Caleb Portwine scored, Will Hourigan was impassable at right back, and Noah Mundie stepped up.

The under-16s lost 1-2 to Epsom.