Goals: Hermod, Vigan, Joe M, Seb G
First game of the season and after a string of excellent performances in pre-season optimism was sky high with a strong squad to start for our first game.
In goals Thomas Ma, Centre defence Thomas D and Seb G, Steph and Scott are our wide defenders. Centre Midfield pairing of Aidan and Jimmy Rose with Joe and Nathan playing on the flanks. Up front Hermod and Vigan a formidable and outstanding strike force. A strong line-up one that we expected to win this game with.
Kick-off and the pace and technical JLeaguers give us a tough start. Well drilled and skilled team they match us in the possession game. However our strong skillful strikers of Vigan and Hermod are causing them loads of problems upfront. It’s not long before Hermod breaks free and shoots hitting the post in a low drive. We continue to create chances and from a corner Hermod heads the ball on the cross bar only for Nathan to follow up also heading the ball on the cross bar once again. A few lucky escapes for the JLeaguers. However the pressure finally told with our first goal created by some lovely interplay with Aidan and Hermod sees Hermod slot home our first in terrific style.
It wasn’t long before our second came. A fantastic tackle by Nathan intercept the ball and lays it on to Scott who drags the ball back on to the path of Vigan who slams it home deservingly for his first goal for the Spartans in convincing style. Two nil up and before we could blink Steph makes a fantastic through ball which finds Joe who calmly slots the ball in the back of the net for our third before half time.
Half time and Aidan had to go to work with Richie coming on and Dan also making an appearance in the backline. In all fairness everyone was playing so well so it was a difficult choice to take anyone off.
The second half is a lot slower pace as the game is pretty much decided already, we battle hard and make changes throughout giving everyone a good run out in the soaring heat. One of the shining lights in the second half was a Adam who put a terrific ball in for Seb after some nice interplay between the two. Seb slotting the ball in to give us our fourth and a comfortable victory in the end.
Everyone played well. Vigan and Hermod were outstanding up front. Aidan and Jim Rose terrific in Midfield and Adam was excellent when he came on. Nathan and Joe had cracking games out wide probably one of the best games I have seen from both. While Captain Thomas D and Seb were super solid in defence and Steph and Scott providing fantastic support.
MOM back at the pub and joint winners Hermod and Joe. While Nick L gets the mug of the day for his Pink football bag.
Great start to the season but long way to go, Revo who beats us in both games last year will no doubt give us a sterner test this week.