Smith blasts home 30-yard cracker to book CSU's place in grand final

CSU White’s Andrew Smith delivered his team to a Bathurst District Football men’s Premier League grand final in phenomenal fashion on Sunday at Proctor Park.

BYE BYE: Benjamin Green gets by an opponent during Sunday's Bathurst District Football men's Premier League semi-final. Photo: CHRIS SEABROOK 091017csusocr1

BYE BYE: Benjamin Green gets by an opponent during Sunday's Bathurst District Football men's Premier League semi-final. Photo: CHRIS SEABROOK 091017csusocr1

With an hour of their semi-final against Cowra Eagles gone CSU were stuck at nil-all, despite enjoying the bigger share of possession.

Smith then broke the deadlock with a wonder strike.

The Western NSW Mariners FC squad member cut inside to avoid the challenge from Cowra defender Michael Lazarou before smashing home his 30-yard shot into the top left corner.

“I gathered it, took it inside, thought ‘bugger this’ and just went for it,” Smith said.

“I was pretty lucky that someone was there filming it. I’ve had some great responses from people I’ve run into down the street.

“The goal was a relief because it felt like one of those games where one side is dominating, creating chances but can’t score, then the other team could make something out of nothing.

“I guess you could say that shot was the game changer and I think it broke Cowra.”

CSU kept the momentum going as a goal from Semon Rakiwskyj 10 minutes later helped seal a 2-0 win.

Minor premiers CSU White will now meet Panorama FC Red in the decider – a game which pits first and second on the ladder against each other.

CSU WHITE 2 (Andrew Smith, Semon Rakiwskyj) defeated COWRA EAGLES 0

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