Division One (Reserve Grade)
Balgownie Rangers 6 (3) – (2) 3 Kiama
D. Schmid 4 (10m, 40m, 52m, 80m), R. Astone 2 (16m, 55m)
This round 10 rescheduled fixture was played on a stunning warm winter Sunday morning and a win for Bally would take them top of the Division One table.
From the outset Dale and Rich caused the Kiama defence all sorts of problems with Dale opening the scoring after taking on two defenders and smashing a shot into the back of the net from a tight angle on the right. A few minutes later, Dale replicated the exact same run, beat two defenders and squared for Rich to easily slot home. Bally 2 Kiama 0.
Bally then became a little complacent and Kiama’s fast paced strikers saw them claw back one goal after a cross was headed in from close range. Dale restored the 2 goal buffer just before the break, however Kiama snatched another a minute later. Apples Snr suppressed Kiama’s attempts to take the lead into the break after a string of quality saves. 3-2 to Bally as the oranges came out.
The second half saw Bally increase their lead to 5-2 after Dale and Rich both bagging goals early on. Apples Snr had his own Robert Green moment – lapsing in concentration to let a weak shot bobble over his hands – to give Kiama some hope with 15mins remaining. Dale chalked up his 4th goal of the game after shooting from the edge of the box – the keeper palming in to see the game end at 6-3 in favour of the Rangers.
1. Robert Appleby
2. John McCreary
3. Brent Wilson
4. Alan Appleby (c)
5. Anthony Oliver
6. Ben Zentrich
7. Paul Cicero
8. Richard Astone
9. Dale Schmid
10. Travis Faulks
11. Jason Zakara
12. Samuel Bell (on for Daniel Lewis 65m)
13. Ben Christiansen (on for B. Zentrich 85m)
14. Daniel Lewis (on for J. Zakara 55m)