PHOTOS: A rare winter thunderstorm threatened to wipe out Saturday’s games however it skimmed by, allowing a united Nerang outfit to put the screws into Merrimac with two world-class goals taking the victory and a coveted top-4 spot on the ladder.
Our U6 Red and U6 Blue team ran on first, leading out our Firsts to take the field and do a crowd run parade celebrating their Eagles spirit.
The first half was a gritty and goal-less affair between Nerang and Merrimac, with Nerang keen to make up for the last time they faced off when Nerang suffered a disappointing loss despite some solid defence.
As half-time approached, an unusual band of solid winter thunderstorms came in from the northwest and loomed overhead. Half time saw our U6 teams return for a 10-minute exhibition match in front of the clubhouse which was very entertaining and gutsy. Three goals were netted by the red team however everyone was a winner as the U6s held themselves with class and style, demonstrating their have-a-go spirit and an exemplary on-field performance.
A couple of flashes of lightning and we puled the pin on the little ones as they left the field to a rousing round of applause – well done to Luke, Alicia and their teams for staging this wonderful exhibition of Eagle pride, showcasing the true family essence of what the Nerang Eagles is all about!
As the two senior teams took to the field for the second period, the heavens opened above with rain pouring in to the sound of distant thunder rumbling on the horizon.
In a war of attrition where both teams came agonisingly close to putting the ball in the net, it was Nerang who kept the foot to the peddle and afterburners on to surge ahead in the last 20 minutes of the match.
Our two successive goals came from two immaculately placed and lofty through balls that landed on target, allowing the Nerang scoring machine to scorch the back of the net with the ball. The second goal saw a spray of white mist explode from the water-laden net as the ball struck it, all to the sounds of erupting celebration from the clubhouse terrace.
Merrimac would drop an easy goal into our net in the last few seconds of the match however the damage has already been done, leaving Nerang to take yet another 3 points and a leap into 4th place on the ladder, just one point behind Runaway Bay and Southport except with a game in hand and on both those teams, a yet to be played catch-up game against Mudgeeraba coming up soon.
Tomorrow night our boys take on the top team, Tweed Heads, again at home here in Nerang. In another critical match Nerang is probably in their best position yet to take another upset win against the strongest side in the competition, coming off a streak of wins and with a much-improved and confident side eager to take them on.
Nerang bested the Tweed side early in the year, delivering the NSW team one of just 4 losses they have had this year. Tweed responded recently by putting a solid win on top of our side at their home, leaving this year’s ‘best of three’ competition between the sides level at 1 all.
Tuesday night at Nerang Soccer Club, on Bob Jeffrey Field. Reserves kick off 6:30pm and our Firsts at 8:30pm – be there to see the action!