Round 11 action kicked off at O’Neill Memorial Park on Sunday with West taking on St Joes while Celtic tackled the Mighty Goats of Alma. St Joes strengthened their grip on the A-Grade, while West and Alma both picked up huge victories in the women’s competition.
With the spectre of the Women’s World Cup looming over every soccer match played at the moment, there is only one place to start, and that is the Women’s competition.
It was a case of normal service resuming with both West and Alma picking up comfortable victories as they battle it out for the minor premiership.
Alma tore Celtic apart in the early kick off on the bottom pitch, scoring an unbelievable 21 goals to nil that briefly put them top of the pile as we waited for West to take on St Joes in the late kick off.
When that fixture kicked off it was West who picked up the victory, comfortably dealing with St Joes 7-0 to retain their spot at the summit of the BHSA Women’s League, although Alma made quite a dent in the goal difference disparity between the two sides.
“Credit to Celtic. They came out to play when they didn’t have the numbers, I think they might have ended up with 11 on the pitch, I am not sure,” Coach Ralph told the Truth.
St Joes remain in third place and look unlikely to finish any higher than that and Celtic are just looking forward to the season ending, with no wins, no points, no goals, and a negative 136 goal difference.
ALMA 21-0 CELTIC
WEST 7-0 ST JOES
The Men’s matches saw St Joes stretch their lead at the top of the A-Grade competition thanks to a 5-0 victory over West. Coupled with the 0-0 draw played out between Alma and Celtic, it means St Joes have opened a handy four-point buffer as they head into the home stretch of matches.
Member of St Joes coaching quadrant, Pat Nash, told the Truth St Joes were dialled into to what will be a tough final few rounds.
“We have a handy buffer, but that’s it. The boys are up for what is going to be a big last four weeks of the season. It is anyone’s [title] race still, that’s for sure,” Nash said.
This coming weekend, St Joes take on Celtic, with West Panthers and Alma Goats clashing across all three senior leagues.
ALMA 0-0 CELTIC
ST JOES 5-0 WEST