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West machine rolls on

Tuesday, 22nd May, 2012

Pictures by Darrin Manuel Pictures by Darrin Manuel

By Whoosh

The West Panthers have put their stamp on local soccer after just four rounds after defeating St Joseph’s 3-0 on Sunday.

The dominant men’s team of the last dozen seasons look on track to add another premiership trophy to their already-bulging trophy cabinet. 

George Bugeja once again has shown what a master coach he is blending new and young players with the established first graders in forming a formidable squad.

On the other hand, St Joseph’s look nothing like the team they were last season when they swept all before them, and the coaching staff must be questioning what has happened as they sit on the bottom of the table with just the solitary point.  

The other A-Grade match saw Alma run out 3-2 victors over an ever-improving Celtic outfit who bounced back from last week’s embarrassment to nearly snatch another upset victory. 

Alma have been showing immense signs of improvement this season under the tutelage of Will Hebbard and they appear as if the talent they possess is starting to knit together into a fine outfit.

Celtic youngsters are forever blending together better each and every game but they may still be 12 months off posing a serious threat to the other clubs.

Alma’s ladies have done it again, overcoming Celtic 2-0 in controversial circumstances to register their second win of the season, with both victories coming against the Cougars.

Though Celtic was victorious on the field, an error on the match card has given Alma the points and pushed them 5 points ahead of Celtic in the race for the semi-finals. 

The previously undefeated West girls finally suffered their first defeat of the season in a close game against St Joseph’s, with the Joeys winning 4-3.

Both games between these clubs so far this season have been pulsating, resulting in one win each with both games being high scoring and spectacular.

Already it appears they will be fighting it out for premiership honours this season.

In men’s B-Grade the contests were marred by a lack of players.

Only four games into the season two clubs are struggling to field 11 players, and another is playing a host of juniors to make up numbers.

On Sunday two lopsided games resulted in St Joseph’s annihilating West 7-0, and Celtic thrashing Alma 6-3.

Once again mention has to made of the “Old Goat” Dave Hurley who surprised everyone by scoring for Alma on the stroke of half time, with some supporters claiming it ranks as one of the best ever goals seen in local soccer. 

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