The Young Lions third grade won its seventh game in row last Saturday, defeating Wagga United 4-2.
In warm sunny conditions Young started fast unlike previous weeks and took the game by the scruff of the neck scoring through Javarn Hurcum after only five minutes with a low shot at the goal.
Young then kept the pressure on and after Zac Wark made an incisive run down the left wing he calmly crossed to Hurcum who slotted home his second after only nine minutes of the game had passed.
Young then settled into the game and controlled the midfield with Tyson Doolan and Tyler Hurcum being large in defence. It seemed as though the game was only being played in the United half and was not long before another goal was scored this time by Connor Quinn. The score at half time was 3-0.
However after the break Young lost their concentration and formation and it was not long before the game became tight after United scored two goals. Young lifted its performance and starting to link passes together again, pushing higher up the field. Jarvarn Hurcum sealed the match put away his third giving him a much deserved hat trick. .
“I am happy, the game was hard and we’re unlucky not to improve on our one goal with a heap of possession and pressure in the second half. Although a second loss hurts,we are still placed fourth on the ladder.”
The Lions first grade put on a defensive masterclass to shut down the ladder-leading Sharks and hold Lake Albert scoreless in 0-0 draw. Alex Mitchell and Jake Burns were instrumental for Young while goalkeeper Mitch Cameron impressed with the gloves under lights.
After last week’s loss the Young Lions women were out to improve on their game when they took on ladder leaders Tolland in Wagga on Sunday morning in cold conditions.
Tolland showed why they are the ladder leaders and a class above the competition, closing down Young’s main striker Ferya Hewitson in every attack with some well timed tackles and interceptions.
The Lions were out to show that they deserve their place on the ladder with Brittany Clarke having an amazing game on the wing and Maggie Davis making some excellent saves in goals.
Tolland finished the game eventual winners 4-1 with Young’s goal being scored by Hewitson.
Captain Jemma Long said Tolland were very good at set pieces such as corner kicks and this is how they scored a couple of their goals.
“Overall it was better than last week, we held the ball and had some excellent touches but if we had of defended the set pieces better the score would have been much closer,” she said.