The first match day has come and gone and it was a bit of a mixed bag for the University club.
Our Men’s Premier side couldn’t make it three from the away to Roslyn at Forrester Park as they shared the points with the home side. In a game which never reached any great heights in terms of quality, our boys struggled to find their rhythm on the small pitch which truth be told is ill suited to our style of play. No excuses from the boys just need to learn to take these challenges on and adapt where necessary. Fingers crossed that either the more realistically sized Caledonian or Logan Park Turfs are available next week to get us back in the winning circle.
The boys did take the lead through another quality goal from big Ben Stanley but then went in to their shell and managed to concede a contentious penalty followed by a well worked goal to Roslyn and we were down for the first time this season. More purpose in the second half brought about chances and when captain Dom Scahill was clipped in the box he dusted himself off and cooly dispatched home the resulting penalty. Plenty more chances came for us in a dominant spell before things got a bit hectic in the last ten minutes as Roslyn hoofed countless balls near the box. Neither side could find a winner and the points were shared.
Our other Premier grade side that was in action were the Women’s seconds who took on Green Island in an entertaining game out at Sunnyvale. The pitch was in great condition and both sides were determined to play some bright football. For the most part Green Island were on top as they held the ball well and launched long strikes on our goal, and from a set piece they were able to bundle the ball home to take a lead they did deserve. Green Island were a big physical side who really got stuck in at times which did unsettle some of our newer players in the first half who weren’t used to the physicality.
As the game wore on our girls did start to get in to their stride and started to trouble the tiring Green Island players, there were chances at both ends with the best coming via a Chelsea Empson free kick that was well tipped over and a clipped strike from Green Island that hit the post. Our girls piled forward in the last ten minutes looking for the equaliser that never came with the score ending one nil. A pleasing performance for our seconds against the Green Island premier side.
There were goals galore in the lower grades for a couple of our sides as the newly minted Men’s Sevenths rode away with a win in their first game in the scarcely believable scoreline of 10-4, they were closely matched by our Division One Women’s Blue side who won 9-2 with Margo claiming four of those goals.
Keeping pace with Blue, were our Division One Yellow side who took the road trip down to Balclutha and managed to claim all three points with a battling performance coming out the victors three goals to one.
Both our Men’s Division three sides picked up wins with the pick of those games being the clash involving the fifths who whilst being unbeaten in 2018 narrowly lost the title to the Melchester Sharks (now the Green Island Sharks), a bit of redemption for the boys walking away with a 5-1 win. Big Samuel Reid even managed to save a penalty along the way to park his crate away for another season.
Men’s thirds led by the charismatic Jacky Campfens started things off well with a solid win over Caversham with Trent Lynch claiming two goals and a missed penalty. Plenty to like about what the boys did today with lots of positive endeavour and a good solid defensive wall with Ben Pauley’s little brother Angus performing well in goals.
A bit of an upset for the Men’s seconds with Stu Moffat’s new look side struggling against Caversham. A bit lost for words on exactly what went wrong but it was pretty clear that there is still work to be done to get the boys to gel and the Caversham side were a bit stronger than was expected.