Joes, Panthers start off on the right foot
Tuesday, 14th May, 2019
By Tyler Hannigan
Local soccer got underway on Sunday with St Joes and West picking up comfortable round one wins.
St Joes took on Alma in the early A Grade game and while both sides had their chances throughout the game, it was the Joeys who made theirs count.
They scored two goals in the opening half, both by Daniel Rose who was causing plenty of headaches for the Alma defenders. The Goats were able to peg it back a little before the break as Daniel McInerney scored to see Alma trail 1-2 at halftime.
St Joes pressed early in the second half but Alma held up well in defence including a couple of cracking saves from keeper Wayne van Kemenade who had shifted their after twinging his hamstring late in the first half.
Continued attacks eventually wore down the Goat defence and Daniel Timperio sliced through to score his first goal of the afternoon while captain Rob James put the icing on the cake with one of his own too see his side take an easy 4-1 win.
Rose was one of St Joes’ standout players on the day, scoring twice and creating plenty of other chances. Dave O’Mally was very solid in defence as he cleaned up many of Alma’s forward pushes.
For Alma, defenders William Hebbard and Colby Stenhouse tried hard and A Grade debutant Ethan Hocking looked at home in the senior ranks despite his young age.
Later in the day it was a high scoring affair between West and Celtic with nine goals scored all up.
It was West though who came out of the shootout on the winning end thanks to a hat-trick by striker Jordan Cox and a double by Bryant Mitchell in his return game for the Panthers. John Nicholas backed up his two B Grade goals earlier with one in A Grade to cap off a fine day on the pitch.
For Celtic, Jack Stacey scored a brace while Dylan Millsteed also chipped in with one.
The women’s competition also got underway on Sunday but under different circumstances as both St Joes and Celtic were forced to forfeit, handing the points to Alma and West.
In B Grade, Alma belted St Joes eight-nil with Bryce Langdon scoring four goals while West were too good for Celtic 3-1.
St Joes 4 (D. Rose 2, D. Timperio, R. James) def Alma 1 (D. McInerney)
West 6 (J. Cox 3, B. Mitchell 2, J. Nicholas) def Celtic 3 (J. Stacey 2, D. Millsteed)
Alma 8 (B. Langdon 4, M. Ivanku, C. Stenhouse, J. van Kemenade) def St Joes 0
West 3 (J. Nicholas 2, J. Becks) def Celtic 1 (J. Dawes)
West def Celtic (forfeit)
Alma def St Joes (forfeit)