When it comes to derbies they don’t come much more local than the clashes between Woongarrah and Kanwal with their home grounds only a kilometre or so apart. The previous encounter, their first in Premier League, was a thriller played in front of a huge Saturday night crowd back in early April. Although the crowd was down for the Hamlyn Terrace return match (being about 10 degrees colder didn’t help) the atmosphere was just the same thanks in part to a great entertainment package put on by the Wildcats.
As expected the match itself was fast and physical to such an extent that neither side was able to play very much creative football but that’s not unusual in derby matches. Adding to the excitement was a touch of déjà vu with the final result being decided well into added time at the end of the match.
Woongarrah began strongly, creating several early chances before taking the lead in the 14thh minute with a free kick from Ben Runge being parried by the Kanwal goalkeeper and falling loose for Kane Woolston to score. The remainder of the first half remained even with speedsters Ashley Henderson and Joey Liddle creating chances for their respective teams.