Seniors

Port Pirtates 1 Wt Birkalla 3

WT Birkalla have continued their winning streak with their 3rd win in a row this one against Port Pirates. Playing Pirates at their home ground was a challenge, the pitch being much smaller made for a slightly different style of play.  The game started off with fast pace, and with the back line of Scott Nagel and Haris Vuckic taken advantage of this, gave Birks the opportunity to make quick runs down both sides.

With great ball work and run down the wing from Taro Kawamura and with a cross to Ryan Kitto, slotted the ball into the net and put Birkalla in the lead at the half time break.

Into the second half Birks came out and fought hard and increased the lead to 2-0 after Paul Radice scored. Port Pirates then closed the gap at the 64th minute mark before a second yellow was given to Kurtis Rowe ,meaning Birks were one man down with about 10 minutes to go.

Port Pirates then attacked hard until Ryan Kitto put the game beyond doubt with his second goal of the day at the 85th minute, giving Birks a comfortable 3 – 1 win.

This week Birks take on Modbury in the FFSA NPL Heritage Round so let’s see all our loyal supporters come out and support the boys.

Goal Scorers: Ryan Kitto 2, Paul Radice 1

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Reserves

Port Pirates 3 WT Birkalla 1

Another disappointing result where we failed to convert many chances.
After being down 2 – 0 Daniel Solari scored to get us back in the game but pushing forward always left spaces for Port to score and they made it 3 – 1 with a minute to go.

Once again we seemed to have more possession and control of the game but sloppy defending (as a unit) is allowing the opposition to score.

Daniel Solari was once again in the best players, as he continues his recovery from a knee injury, as were Ned Spiniello, Daniel Polli and Jordan Maricic.

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Under 18’s

Port Pirates 1 WT Birkalla2

Great team performance today, with Hamish scoring in the first half to give us a lead at half time.
During the break we spoke about our movement up front to get in behind their defence early and the importance of their number four.

Pirates equalized early in the second half.  We kept to our game plan and never rushed possession allowing us to slide Arran Johnston in eight minutes from time, to seal the win.

Well done lads, great result.
Best players: Patrick, Ewan & Arran

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