Alma women break through
Tuesday, 1st May, 2012
The first round of soccer has produced a major surprise in the women’s competition with Alma winning their first game in three seasons.
The Goats triumphed over perennial grand finalists Celtic 4-1 in what must be one of the biggest upsets seen in local soccer in recent years.
Alma cut the Celtic players to shreds with an excellent passing game and thoroughly deserved their victory. The red and whites even even had the luxury of missing a penalty in the first half.
With a blend of experience and youthful exuberance, the Alma girls look as though they might give all teams a run for their money this season.
The other ladies game also produced a surprising result with West scoring late in the match to defeat last year’s premiers St Joes 4-3.
The Joeys looked a little bare with numbers compared to recent years and will really feel the loss of Philips who has left town.
West have always had a sprinkling of talented youngsters who do not always seem to gel together but perhaps 2012 could just be the year they finally do.
In the Men’s A-Grade competition St Joes and West faced off in a replay of last season’s Grand Final with scores even at full-time at one goal apiece.
Both sides had to make up numbers with some reserve grade players but it appears that these sides’ matches will be very close throughout the year.
In the other game ex-Celtic player Kofi Sarpong haunted his old side as Alma ran out 3-1 winners over the green and whites.
Alma appear to have recruited better than the other sides this year and could be the dark horse to upset the two usual frontrunners, but there is still a long way to go to the finals.
The Men’s B-Grade match between West and St Joes produced some controversy when the referee was knocked out by a wayward kick from a player.
After finding a substitute ref, reigning premiers St Joes were able to win comfortably 4-2.
The Alma v Celtic B-Grade match saw the unusual occurrence of a father and three sons playing together when Dave Hurley - making a comeback at 54 - joined his sons Adam, Jarrad and Brayden in securing a 2-0 victory for the Goats.