May 15, 2018 by admin
The 2012 season ended for the Highlanders two Saturday’s ago when both grades played out draws with Inverell’s Joeys FC.
Neither team stood a realistic chance of forcing their way into the semi-finals but did not let that fact interfere with their desire to finish off the season on a positive note.
In their first encounter back in May, the Highlanders came away with a resounding victory in what was their best performance for the year at that stage.
This game was much closer, with Joeys needing a win to secure fourth place and the Highlanders wanting to maintain their local derby bragging rights, the game was hotly contested right to the full time whistle.
Inverell continually pushed Glen’s defences through the first half but were continually denied by keeper Kovacs and some committed defence from the Highlanders backs.
The midfield battle was fairly even with neither team able to absolutely dominate, but Inverell did appear to have the better of the field position and attacking opportunities through the first half, culminating in their first goal.
After half-time, the Highlanders’ resolve to get back on top soon became evident, with their more experienced midfield building up waves of attack.
A 10 minute period midway through the half saw Glen create three or four clean breaks and chances at goal, only to have their shots miss or be blocked by desperate Joeys defence, much as Inverell had in the first half.
The Highlanders were not to be denied though, and equalised when Nathan Hoffman latched on to another cross with a volley that gave the Inverell keeper no chance.
While Glen Innes were in the ascendancy and continued to press home their advantage, no more goals were scored and the match ended at 1-all.
Players’ player voting was dominated by Hoffman and Kovacs, while all others performed strongly in a match that only demonstrated what Glen could have achieved had they won a couple more games through the year.
Second grade were well on top through most of their match against the lower ranked Joeys side and were somewhat unlucky to not come out winners.
The Highlanders were quickly on top and emphasised this with a goal some fifteen minutes in.
The inexplicable send-off of Anthony Chaffey soon after changed the mood of the game though, and the Highlanders had to redouble their efforts in the midfield and defence. Mirroring the first grade match, Inverell were able to get on top for periods through the second half and managed an equaliser, leaving the final score 1-all.
With neither team having finals places to fight for, both teams are to be congratulated on a relatively intense match right up to the final whistle.
The Highlanders will now concentrate on their presentation night, to be held at the Services Club on Friday, October 12, and the upcoming Armidale Over 35s tournament, to be held on the same weekend.
An Annual General Meeting of the seniors committee will be held before the new year to begin preparations for the 2013 season and hopefully set things up for the Highlanders to take the next step into the playoffs. Thanks to all sponsors for the support through the year.
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