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Barnies A-Grade derby points to tight season ahead

The Orange A-grade All-Age football competition is set for a tightly-balanced season ahead, with the teams at the top of the table notching hard-fought draws in the latest round.

The clash between top-of-the-table Barnstoneworth FC and club mates Barnies United in 3rd, could have gone either way with the lead changing hands throughout the match.

Mitch Jacobs snatched an early opportunity from an FC mistake that gave United the early lead. But FC came back firing and put 2 away to make it 2-1 heading into half time. Lachie Peet made a break down the right side early in the 2nd and managed to nab himself a goal. He then followed this up with a great cross to get the assist from Harry Isaacs’ header.

In the last few minutes of play, FC surged forward & placed a cross across the front of the goal to the back post, where an unmarked Grant Kosch put it away to draw the game 3 all.

United Manager Matt Downer had mixed feelings at the result. “It was upsetting not to get the win and leak the goal in the final minutes, but saying that, a draw was probably a fair result between both teams,” Matt Downer said.

“Lachie Peet was dangerous for us all day and was probably unfortunate not to grab another. Not having our normal keeper hurt us a bit today as we had to pull one of the defenders from the backs & into the net.”

“Overall it was a good derby & it was a hard fought game.”

Barnies United ends the round in 1st place, with Barnies FC in 3rd.

2nd-placed Waratahs FC’s 2-1 win over Cowra at Edgell Park saw the Eagles pushed in 4th place on the table.

Barnies Saints beat Waratah United 1-0.


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