A huge win for West Panthers’ women against Celtic saw a 20-0 victory on Sunday afternoon. The goals flew in for West from the opening whistle and the result was never in doubt.
In the other fixture in the women’s competition, St Joes almost pulled off a defensive masterclass in their clash with Alma. Having picked up the victory in the Women’s KO Cup competition mid-week, St Joes employed the same tactics again and nearly pulled off another victory over the Goats.
But it wasn’t to be as Alma kept pressure on the rampaging West side at the top of the table with a late goal to secure a 1-0 victory.
“To start the game with only nine players and see the type of resilient performance they showed, I can’t praise them enough for holding out for as long as they did. The girls deserved to walk away with a point from that match” St Joes coach, Dino Callegher, told the Truth.
In the men’s competition, there was a thriller in the early A-Grade as Celtic and West played out a 1-1 draw. Harry Mosey scored the opening goal for Celtic in a first half they got the best of, before Declin West scored for West in the second half to set up a tense final 30 minutes.
Celtic thought they had won the game deep into the second half, but the assistant referee raised his flag, signalling offside. Large sections of the Celtic supporter base thought the decision incorrect as the final whistle blew with the score 1-1, securing West their first points of the A-Grade season.
“We knocked the ball around better in the second half. I think our possession was better than Celtic’s. We just wanted to go back to basics and just make the game simple,” West coach George Bugeja said.
The late A-Grade kick off saw a grand final rematch between St Joes and Alma, which was another game that saw a late Alma goal pick up the victory. The result has seen them dislodge St Joes at the top of the table.
It was a Codey Ralph masterclass for the Mighty Goats of Alma as he scored a sensational opener before setting up the winner from a corner.
“His wisdom is starting to shine through. He’s a senior player in our squad and he just seems to keep getting better with age,” Alma senior coach Will Hebbard told the Truth.
“It is really good to get a couple in the back of the net, and it sets up an exciting tie in the Knockout Cup this Wednesday night,” Will said, referencing tonight’s –Wednesday – cup clash between the two teams.
Men’s A-Grade Women’s
Alma 2-1 St Joes Alma 1-0 St Joes
West 1-1 Celtic West 20-0 Celtic