Dunsborough Terminators 3 v FMR Raiders 0
Saturday saw the FMR boys travel to Dunsborough to take on the much fancied Terminators in what would turn out to be a fast paced and physical encounter .
The Dunsborough boys are a pretty big bunch so the Raiders were asked to match it with them in the air ,man on man and to also to get the ball on the ground and pass it around.
The Terminators were first to get going and immediately put the Raiders back line under pressure with strong forward pressure .
They were rewarded with an early goal when breaking through and wrong footing a Raiders defender to score and take the lead.
This seemed to spring the FMR team into life and play some very competitive football matching the Terminators in every avenue.
Liam Mattinson at left back playing his best game of the season won nearly every tackle and ball that came his way , and with the help of Jye halsall at left mid also having a blinder , they both managed to push the Raiders into attack and keep the Terminators at bay.
Brenton Tebbutt was getting closed down in midfield with two opponents constantly marking him, with a change he moved to right midfield and Kilburn Booth moved into centre and the Raiders started to get some freedom and run off the ball with both players starring in the first half.
Raiders were unlucky not to equalise late in the half with Nick gaman and Noah Cummins both squandering tough opportunities up front.
Second half became a little scrappy for both teams with composure and time on the ball missing for the Raiders.
The Terminators managed to score two more goals with one an excellent long range shot beating Jykia River in goals.
Raiders did nearly score with the play of the day when a running Kilburn got on the end of a great cross from Nick only to send the shot a little wide. It would have been a classic.
It was a great effort for the Raiders with some excellent individual displays from Ethan Hamilton, Xavier Nikulinsky, and Dodi Andersons with an impressive second half.
In the end the Terminators may have won but the Raiders can be proud of themselves with the way they played against tough opposition and with a little more polish on their passing and confidence on the ball I am sure we’ll soon see some fine football from Margaret River boys.