United set to seal spot

16/11/2018 // by admin

ADAM Raso, pictured getting away from Wests’ Jack Nodder, scored both goals in United’s 2-all draw last weekend.GDFA soccer
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Leeton United 2 (Adam Raso 2) drew West Griffith 2

LEETON United all but guaranteed a place in the 2014 Griffith association finals with a 2-all draw against West Griffith at the weekend.

However, the visitors were lucky to get away with shared points after Wests harassed the United defence and peppered the goals throughout the night, even scoring at the death only to be denied by the referee’s call.

Leeton coach Mitchell Clay said the result was an accurate reflection of the game.

“We would have liked the win, but we could see they came out to win,” he said.

After being nil-all at half-time, Leeton scored first through Adam Raso about 15 minutes into the second half. However, Wests equalised and then went 2-1 up.

“That was just from them pressing and pumping us,” Clay said.

United tied things up with a successful penalty shot by Raso with 15 minutes to go. Wests scored a goal in the last 10 seconds of the game, but it was disallowed.

“We did very well to hold them out with the few players we had to fill in,” Clay said.

Raso’s two goals were a standout, as was Michael Raso in defence. Clay also praised those who again stepped up to fill vacancies in first grade.

“They come on and give 100 per cent,” he said. “You can’t fault the attitude or commitment.”

The result ensured the top-four teams are now all but settled.

With two rounds remaining, United is six points ahead of Yenda and with three points on offer for a win, it is a mathematical possibility for the Tigers to catch up. However, Leeton’s superior goal difference would be the clincher if that were to happen.

United face second-placed Hanwood this weekend under lights at the town ovals. However, if the side was short players last week, it will be more so tomorrow night

“We’ve got more players out -we’re going to struggle this weekend,” Clay said.

“I want to see how we react to how Hanwood play. It will give us an idea of what to expect if we face them in finals.

“We’ll look at game fitness and see how we play without the players we have been using.

“It will be far from the strongest team we can put out.

“We’re at home so we’re not going to be taking it lying down. We’ll give it our best and see what we can put up against Hanwood.”

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