Broken Hill Soccer Association action returned with a vengeance on the weekend after a one week break over the school holidays. In the Women’s competition, league leaders West were looking to break out of their mid-season form slump against Celtic, while in the Men’s competition there was a massive top of the table clash between St Joes and Alma.
St Joes took on Alma in a huge match which was the first Women’s match played on the bottom pitch this season, while West took on Celtic on the top pitch.
It was a resounding return to form for West with the Panthers annihilating struggling Celtic by an incredible 16-0 scoreline. The result, coupled with Alma’s inability to defeat St Joes, saw West return to the summit of the BHSA Women’s League standings, whilst Celtic remain rooted to the bottom of the table, with no points and a dire goal difference of -115.
“The girls were sensational. We were a bit slow to get off the mark in the first half, but in the second half we started knocking around nicely and got a win we deserved,” West Panthers coach George Bugeja said.
In the other fixture, St Joes defeated Alma 3-0 on the bottom pitch at O’Neill Memorial Oval. The result was enough to end Alma’s brief stay at the top of the BHSA Women’s standings. It also keeps St Joes within striking distance of the top two. As it stands St Joes is just seven points behind the pacesetters in the league and with five rounds to go, can certainly make a late surge for top spot.
West 16-0 Celtic
St Joes 3-0 Alma
BHSA WOMENS STANDINGS RD 10
Celtic kept touch with St Joes and Alma at the top of the table with a 2-1 victory over West, while St Joes and Alma played out a game of the season contender, resulting in a 3-2 victory for the Goats.
Alma coach Will Hebbard was delighted with the result.
“We were missing a few, so were St Joes, so that made it a pretty even playing field,” the Alma coach told the Truth.
“It was good to bounce back with a win really quickly, I think that puts us within one point of St Joes now.”
In the other fixture, West coach George Bugeja was filthy with some of the officiating on show during his sides clash with Celtic.
“It [the refereeing] was appalling. It was poor, mate. And everybody knew it was poor. Even the Celtic guys knew it,” Coach Bugeja told the Truth.
“I was proud of my guys, they were brilliant. It’s over now, we’ll take the loss and move on.”
The results keep the league tight, with just four points separating the top three. As we head into the last five rounds of fixtures before finals begin, St Joes, Alma and Celtic are all realistic chances to finish the regular season in the coveted top spot.
West 1-2 Celtic
St Joes 2-3 Alma
BHSA MENS STANDINGS RD 10
The action continues on Sunday with Celtic taking on Alma, and St Joes battling West at O’Neill Memorial Park from 12pm.