Digby U16 boys finish soccer season in second

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The Digby Tigers U16 Boys narrowly lost their last regular season game but finished the season solidly in second place.

The Tigers were good hosts to fourth place Kings West Monday night, Aug. 11 at the DRHS field.

Kings West had good pressure early in the game but Digby had the first good chance when Carter Hazel broke into space at full gallop and smashed a rocket off the Kings West post.

Kings West continued to press and five minutes later the Digby defence was called for a rough tackle in the box.

Cameron Curry made no mistake on the penalty shot for Kings West, putting it hard and high into the upper right corner and beyond the long reach of Digby’s Dawson Acker.

Acker played a solid game between the pipes, breaking up several breakaways with well-timed rushes and using his quick hands to grab a couple dangerous crosses and one flicked header.

Hazel started the second half like he did the first with a strong rush at the Kings West net, but this time, he adjusted his aim the necessary inches, and tied the game 1-1.

Not five minutes later Digby’s Nathan Janson launched a long hard shot from outside the 18 that seemed sure to score.

It passed just over the fingertips of the Kings West keeper but then clanged off the crossbar. The West Kings keeper missed the rebound but Hazel didn’t. He knocked it in for his second of the game to put Digby ahead 2-1.

Kings West however kept battling and earned a pretty one, clawing their way down the wing, then two bang-bang passes across the goal mouth to give forward Tristan Woolaver a shot into an empty net.

Woolaver scored again four minutes later, breaking in alone with speed on Acker. A quick deke right, a quicker move left and Woolaver had his second.

Kings West won the game 3-2 and moved up from fourth place to third ahead of East Kings. East Kings could regain third with just a tie against last place Kingston Greenwood on Wednesday.

Digby finished the season in second with 20 points, 10 points ahead of Kings West, and three points behind Bridgetown.

Bridgetown plays their final game tonight against fifth-place West Hants.

Digby will host a play off game in Digby on Monday, Aug. 18 against whoever ends up in third.

The winner moves on to the Valley championship on Wednesday, Aug. 20.

The winner of that game goes to Provincials hosted by Suburban (East Hants, Sackville, Bedford) on August 30 and 31.

jriley@digbycourier.ca

Organizations: Digby Tigers U16 Boys

Geographic location: East Kings

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