Tuesday, 8th May, 2012
Celtic United have announced their intentions for this year by thrashing last year’s premiers St Josephs to the tune of 4-1 in the second round of the local soccer competition.
In a display of dominance the young Celtic Cubs ran rings around their more illustrious opponents to record a devastating victory, proving that uniting as a team makes anything possible.
Credit must go to coach Deakin who has put together a young side that now seems capable of pushing for a finals place.
West, who lost their crown last year after years of dominance, will once again prove to be the yardstick of the competition.
Though the loss of a couple of senior players has left their squad a little depleted, they were able to record a 4-1 victory on the weekend over Alma.
However, unlike the other A Grade match the scoreline flattered West as Alma continued to impress with good play.
With a little more concentration in the backlines and some firing power up front Alma will be a hard egg to crack this season.
In the Ladies competition Alma crashed back to earth suffering a 6-2 thrashing at the hands of West.
The red and black have unearthed another young star in Jessica Cox who banged home five goals.
The match was evenly contested until an Alma player was sent off just after the second half commenced. The West midfielders then took control of the game and were able to feed the strikers plenty of ball.
It seemed only a matter of time before the Panthers would run away with the game, and they duly obliged to begin the season with two straight wins.
Despite the loss it is good to see that the Alma ladies have stuck together over the last couple of seasons, and with the introduction of a few new girls to the side they seem capable of winning a few more games this year.
Taylor Daniele is a quality player and one who should stand out this season.
St Joes returned to the winning list defeating Celtic 2-0 in the late Ladies match.
After last week’s dismal loss to Alma, the Cougars were keen to push the reigning premiers all the way and were unfortunate in conceding two goals.
Although they got away with the win, St Joes may struggle this season after losing a few personnel from last year’s title winning side.
In Men’s B-Grade Alma won their second match of the season 2-1 to remain undefeated after being pushed all the way by West.
The B-Grade highlight was in the other game where Celtic - the easybeats of last season - nearly pulled off a major shock against St Joes.
The match ended in an exciting 3-3 draw, although it was marred by three send offs and a number of yellow cards.