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Kanwal 0 – Killarney 4

Kanwal hosted Killarney in the only BPL match of Round 9 that did not get postponed due to wet weather. The Terriers walked away from Wadalba Sports Complex on top with wins in all 3 grades over the Bulls.

After a great performance in round 1 where Kanwal was leading Killarney until the dying stage of the match, coach Ryan Walker was optimistic about getting a result from this game on the weekend. It did not take long for Killarney to start dominating possession and field position. Two chances in the opening 30 minutes would see Killarney enter halftime with a 2-0 lead. Killarney’s first came when Matt Hall found himself 1 on 1 with the Kanwal keeper and nicely finished to open the scoring. 3 minutes later Hall scored his second for the day after a smart move down the right was finished by him with his signature overhead kick. Although Kanwal would earn a late penalty, they were, unfortunately, unable to convert as the Bulls once again headed into halftime 2-0 down.

For Kanwal, the second half was disappointing, with Killarney dominating possession and field position. The movement off the ball and passing was far too superior for Kanwal, and Killarney would take full advantage of all of this as they found another 2 goals in the second half. Matt Hall almost got his hattrick in the second half only to be denied by the Kanwal keeper who parried the ball into the path of Matt’s brother Ethan Hall who buried the rebound into the back of the net in the 65th minute. Killarney’s fourth and final goal saw Jordy Preston complete a fine passing sequence with a screamer from 25 yards out. The deficit would have been larger if not for a number of great saves from the Kanwal goalkeeper.

After good performances over the last month, this was a disappointing loss for the Kanwal team and their coach Ryan Walker, Walker felt the boys were a bit flat today. “Unfortunately, unless you are at your best against the top teams, you will get found out and we got found out on Sunday.”

“That was probably the best we have played all year in regard to our ball movement. Another pleasing aspect was we kept our first clean sheet of the season, hopefully, we can carry on the good work into next week’s game,” commented Killarney’s Chris Ackerley post-match.  

Postponed Fixtures –

Woongarrah v Avoca

Southern & Ettalong v Kariong

Terrigal v The Entrance

Wyoming v Berkeley Vale

BPL Leading Goal Scorers –

9Ethan Hall (Killarney)
8Stuart Adams (Terrigal)
7Daniel Bird (Terrigal), Keith Gumbs (Southern)
6Michael Tawyer (Southern)

BPL Round 11 Fixtures –

Written by Adam Blunden.