City play catch-up to draw

Jackson Lavell-LeeBusselton Dunsborough Times
Busselton City's Kilian Forichee looks to drive the ball forward against Margaret River
Camera IconBusselton City's Kilian Forichee looks to drive the ball forward against Margaret River Credit: Busselton-Dunsborough Times, Sharon Cowley

Despite a strong finish, CMI Busselton City couldn’t find the deciding goal in their 1-1 draw with Football Margaret River on Sunday.

Though enjoying a territorial advantage, the locals found themselves a goal down after 18 minutes when a nice through ball was capitalised on by Margaret River’s Angus Dowding.

Despite being a goal down, Busselton continued to create chances, primarily through the efforts of Mathis Wieler and Beau Haynes.

They finally unlocked the opposition when Martin Ryan found some space on the right and was able to find the back of the net.

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With time running out, Ryan, Haynes and Will Jackson all came perilously close to scoring the elusive winner. The Triple M Busselton City ladies’ team were beaten 3-0 by a more committed Dynamos on Sunday.

Busselton produced a poor first half that allowed the home side to dominate, and Dynamos were rewarded with a long-range shot that found the roof of the net.

Busselton then went 2-0 down when a deflection wrong-footed keeper Ashleigh Charlton. Busselton produced a more competitive second half, with Sami Ryan playing in a more advanced position ahead of the back three. But eventually Dynamos grabbed another goal through a shot from outside the penalty box.

Banita Stewart, playing her first game of soccer, showed enough in this performance that she can make an impact in future games.

Busselton’s reserves side travelled to Collie and were decidedly unlucky not to emerge with all three points.

Playing into a strong wind. Busselton found themselves a goal down after Collie scored from a free kick. But to their credit. the youthful side showed great character in the second half, with two goals from striker Ash Pemberton.

However, Collie were then controversially awarded a penalty kick in the last seconds to leave the final score at 2-2.

Goalkeeper Cohen Sadlier impressed in his return to the club, as did promising midfielder Callum Bull and the effective Cam Goldsmith.

With no games over Easter, CMI Busselton City now meet Dunsborough Town in the final of the Pioneer Cup on Anzac Day at Hay Park United.

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