Lightning Cup champions
Thursday, 30th April, 2015
Last Sunday the Broken Hill Soccer Association held its pre-season Lightning Cup with fancy footwork, skilful skill moves and finessed finishes all making an appearance.
Playing on some quality soccer pitches, it was Celtic who took out the A-Grade Lightning Cup with 2-0 wins over Alma and West with a 2-2 draw coming against St Joes.
The strong A-Grade side squandered numerous chances against an undermanned Alma that never really threatened the solid backline of Celtic.
An opportunistic goal to Anthony Berg and a cracking free kick by Ash Smith sealed the game and got Celtic’s day off to a great start.
Their second game saw a much tougher contest against West.
However, Celtic lifted and put together some quality passages of play.
Berg and Aaron Kubiak found the goals to put their side firmly in front while fill-in goalkeeper Scott Rogers made some important saves in goals.
Injuries and work commitments saw Celtic down to eleven men for the final game late in the day against a young St. Joes side.
Celtic dominated most of the first half but went to the break 1-1 with another goal to Berg before Liam King pulled one back for St Joes.
The second half saw young gun Hamish Inglis find the back of the net to regain the lead for the green and white only to see King slot home his second to share the points.
Coach David Deacon was vigilant about his side’s performance.
“The guys were well below par today,” he said.
“They made some poor decisions at times and shot badly.
“But to finish the day as Lightning Cup Champions was a good morale boost for the club going into 2015.
“We have a good squad which will improve and be very competitive this year.”
Sportsmanship was on high display in the Women’s grade with the undermanned Celtic and St Joes sides combining together to create a strong team that proved difficult to beat.
Young-gun Taylor Fletcher was able to sneak one by the keeper during Celtic’s opening game with a 2-0 win over Alma the end result.
The first half of their game against West saw a tighter affair take place.
Despite kicking with the wind during the first half, West sprayed multiple shots and those that were on target were stopped by Rachael Wheatley in goal.
With the score deadlocked at 0-0 entering the second half, uprising star Catherine Palmqvist score her first goal.
However, Palmqvist’s goals was soon followed by West’s retaliation with the scores now even at 1-1.
Needing someone to step up, Fletcher took it upon herself to score the winner and get her side over the line 2-1.
Celtic was also crowned B-Grade champions after recording 1-0 victories over St Joes and West.