Dave Butler moved 4 points closer to Tom Burns in the league title race. But it was 2 points dropped for Butler when he failed to beat Dave Gladman. If Butler wins his four games in hand he will be one point ahead of Burns. The two players have still to meet a second time. Butler started with a two goal win over Colin Day. Day had much of the possession but it was Butler who always looked more likely to score. Against Gladman it was Butler’s opponent who again had the bulk of possession but this time Butler had few chances. Neither player managed to break the deadlock but, if anything, it was Gladman who was a shade unlucky not to take all three points.
Two matches were played in the Woodend Handicap Cup. One was a replay between Tom Burns and Dave Gladman. Burns began a goal behind and so it was the Gladman tactic to keep the ball and frustrate his opponent. In the first half Gladman was quite successful in this strategy and indeed missed an excellent opportunity on the stroke of half-time to go two ahead. He was to rue this miss as midway through the second half Burns got the equaliser, looping the ball off a defender and over the keeper. And so the game went to shots. Burns put the pressure on Gladman right away scoring with his first shot from out wide. Gladman only managed to score from the middle and Burns went on to win 3-1. Gladman would rather he had conceded against Butler instead of Burns but it was Burns who gained most from Gladman’s two matches tonight.
John Halpin joined Tom Burns in the semi-final by defeating Dave Houston 2-1. Houston started two goals adrift but could only score once. He could not find the second goal which would have taken the match to a replay.
Woodend Handicap Cup
Burns wins 3-1 on shots