BRAGGINGrights from the inaugural Northern Inland Premier League All Stars match went to the Southern Conference after a 3-1 victory over their northern opponents at Doody Park on Saturday.
TUMBLED OVER: Northern Conference’s Heath Milne outmuscles Southern Conference oppenent Ryan Searle on Saturday. Searle and his teammates would have the last laugh however, winning the match 3-1.
That match and the earlier Rising Stars game raised $3000 for Ronald McDonald House.
Southern Conference found themselves up 1-nil after only five minutes after a mistake at the back by the Northern Conference defence.
The match evened out after that early goal and mid-way through the opening half Northern Conference were pushing hard for an equaliser.
But South scored a goal against the run of play to go up 2-nil.
A Josh Quaife penalty just before the break reduced the deficit to one.
Northern Conference coach Andy Lennon thought his side had the upper hand in the second half, but they were unable to find an equaliser and pushed everyone forward in the dying minutes, allowing Southern Conference to nab a late goal for a 3-1 win.
“It was a little diapointing,” Lennon said.
“We didn’t start well, but once we settled in we didn’t look too bad.”
Lennon had nothing but praise for the new concept and believes it will be bigger and better in 2015. “The main thing about the day was to pit the best against the best and we did that,” he said.
“The boys loved the concept.
“To raise $3000 for Ronald McDonald House was great as well.”
Lennon thought 2014 golden boot winner Jake Davies was close to the best on the park and was also impressed with midfielders Rhys Andrews and Willow Grieves as well as back Brendan Hatte.
The Rising Stars match finished at 1-all after Callan Macgregor scored in the dying seconds for Northern Conference. “It was a good game,” Northern Conference coach Mark Gwynne said.
“It was a very entertaining game.”
Southern Conference scored from a free kick deflection in the first half.
Northern Conference had plenty of chances to equalise throughout the match, but were unable to hit the back of the net until Macgregor finished off a beautiful Naran Singh through ball in the final minutes.
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