Raiders rack up 7 against Woopi

Dave Connor in his first top flight match officiated with acalm and certainty that the crowd at the Cabbage Patch appreciated given thatthe earlier U/21s fixture was somewhat untidy at the end.
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Two Wolves players were sent off in the dying minutes inthat match highlighting the Wolves frustration perhaps at their season (at 6thit’s all over) or perhaps the resounding 4-1 scoreline. What ever the reason itwas a sad and disturbing display to open the first grade encounter.

Luckily the ill will did not infect the main game where theRaiders ran out comfortable7-0 winners with the highlight being a hat-trickinside the first twenty minutes for the Raider’s Ben Dooley.

The first on 7 minutes after Grant Homes cleverly flicked apass through a closing gap, Dooley chipped the advancing Woopi keeper BenBeehah and into the open net. The second again a clever pass from Homes wrongfooting the defence to have Dooley one on one with Ben Beehag and Dooley tootricky. The third saw Dooley scoring at the end of an expansive rightside movewith Channey Simmonds providing the final pass. Arlen Horton rattled in theRaiders 4th 15 minutes from the break after he broke through themidfield bounced a ball off Kale ‘Horatio’ Hopper to fire from close range. TheWolves they defended as best they could but unfortunately many had already beeninvolved in the earlier debacle and were running out of petrol. The sides wentto the break at Raiders 4 Wolves yet to score.

The second stanza saw the introduction of Jacob Leslie backfrom captaining the Australian futsal side in Brazil, Tanjil Everett for man ofthe match Ben Dooley and finally Paul Pomroy at striker for Grant Homes but notbefore ‘red bags’ himself found the back of the net. It was at the end of asweeping move starting with Robbie Marshall pushing an innocuous ball throughfor Adam Marks to redirect to Tommy Frewen. Now Frewen had been patient on theright flank a bystander in most attacks as the Raiders focused on the Wolvesright hand side and received the ball unmarked and with room to gallop, and helikes to gallop. Down the right side unopposed passing to Homes after he hadcommitted the Wolves defender to allow Homes to side foot in from close range.The final two goals to Tommy Frewen after his shot from range too good for BenBeehag and Tanjil Everett finished proceedings creating something of a CabbagePatch record, two brothers scoring in first grade together. The Wolves battled hard to the end and totheir credit were always looking to test the Raiders defense Narvin Deane, StanRuss, Ben Beehag and Nic Johnston among their best on the day.

The win completes a full two seasons undefeated football atthe Cabbage Patch as the Raiders now look ahead to the final series where theywill play the Maclean Bobcats in the elimination semi-final at the CabbagePatch this weekend, stay tuned for details re kickoffs, its surely a match notto be missed.

In other results the U/21s a 4-1 win, U/17 boys had acomfortable 5-0 win over the Coffs Coast Tigers Joe Pettitt scoring twice inthat match, the women 1st grade took out the Minor Premiership witha 4-1 win over Sawtell well done ladies!!

Of course the Reserve girls are minor premiers as wellwrapping that up some weeks ago. It will be a big time for the Raiders club inthe coming weeks with all sides into the semi finals and hitting their straps.

Just a reminder to all prospective 6 a side teams get yourforms in to Tom Campbell or Donna Navin ASAP, and the club presentation nightwill be held on Saturday, September 22 so keep that date free. Hope to see youat the Cabbage Patch this weekend for the Bobcats v Raiders Eliminationsemifinal.

Ben Dooley scored a hat-trick for the Raiders in their 7-nil win over the Woolgoolga Wolves at the Cabbage Patch last weekend.

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