Axemen win a week off after win

But the side had to survive a heart-stopping penalty shoot-out to claim the week’s break.
Nanjing Night Net

A club spokesperson said the Lowies side took an early 1-0 lead after a mix-up in the defensive line.

“We took the field wanting to work hard in defence and maintain the ball in the mid-field,” the spokesperson said.

“However, we didn’t start that well and Lowies took advantage and slotted home a very soft goal inside the first five minutes.

“The boys then regrouped and started to work some good passing, particularly into the mid-field and we started to mount some very solid pressure on the Lowies defence.

“The remainder of the first half turned into an arm wrestle featuring solid defence from both sides.”

The second half was again a strong effort from the Axemen but it took 20 minutes before Zane Grigg equalised through a very good header off an accurate free kick from club stalwart Richard McGovern.

“Despite our first half defensive error, we were able to restrict the Lowies to a minimum number of goal attempts and the boys [at the back] deserve credit for their defensive work.

“We then went into extra time,” the spokesperson said.

In the penalty shoot-out, both teams were successful with their first two conversions on goal before Shaun Barrett pushed his dot shot wide of the posts.

“The next Lowies penalty kick was saved by our keeper, Jason Buttriss, before Paul Ashcroft belted home our fourth penalty shot.

“Buttriss then saved the Lowies’ fourth attempt leaving McGovern to slot him his penalty shot handing Wauchope a well-deserved 4-2 penalty win.”

The Axemen will now have a week off before playing in the play-offs to decide the grand final combatants.

Goal bound: Axemen midfielder, Paul Ashcroft shoots at goal.

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