First Grade White came back from two goals down to register a crucial draw and claim a famous minor premiership victory on Wednesday night and proved once again that they are the team to beat in the Bathurst Premier League.
The reigning premiers started out shakily as Panorama took an early 2-0 lead in what was billed as the ‘match of the season.’
However, a first half Ollie Briggs header and a John Henry penalty which somehow found its way into the net after colliding with the keeper and the upright saw the Stags even the scores at two apiece in the second half and hang on for their most important point of the season.
Coach Cal Williams believes the match lived up to the pre-game hype and was complimentary of his side’s opponents.
“The game lived up to expectations and it was obvious to everyone that the two best teams in the comp were playing,” Williams said.
“It was a bit of shaky start for us, but conceding the two goals really fired up the lads and was a good wake up call. Against other teams, we’ve gotten away with taking it a bit easy but tonight was a good example of why we can’t do that against this Panorama team.
“They’re a quality side and to come back from 2-nil down while already being short on players, I can’t be any more proud of the lads. Once we started pressuring hard on their midfielders, their touches became a bit shaky and we were able to pounce on the loose ball. Rapt to be part of 2 minor premierships in a row now and hopefully we can go all the way again.”
The Stags celebrated their minor premiership victory and will now enjoy a week off after finishing top of the ladder at the end of the regular season. They will face a tough semi-final and could quite possibly face Panorama Red in the big dance on September 17, if all goes according to plan.
Congratulations boys! CSUFC are proud of you! Good luck in the finals!