May 182017
 

One week after the C’s took on Windsor (and their linesman) and lost, it was the B’s turn.  It was round 2 of the cup, and players aplenty had started going missing already.  We still had a good looking squad though, with Coach Crab happy with the mix of youth and experience.

Eugene (dirty weekend), James (potty mouth), Stuart (broken wing), Simon & Patty (promoted) were all out.  With Big Dan away as well, Lewis took one for the team and donned the gloves.  Paul K – who’s been around as long as the opposition – started up top.  Ellery dropped in to #10; Leo stepped off the plane into #6; Gabe filled the gap at the back; and we were lucky enough to have Matt back on the wing.  Cup specialist John George, and Kirsten both came up from the D’s to help fill out the bench.

There was a chance we wouldn’t play at all though, with no ref at the designated kickoff time.  After a phone call or two though, he finally rocked up and we were able to start 15mins late.

We’ll blame the ref for our poor start then (we need to blame someone).  In the first two minutes, they played a ball down the left channel, splitting me and Gabe.  I thought Gabe had it covered on the by-line, but the crafty Windsor forward managed to give him the slip.  He took a couple of touches and managed to slam it past Lewis from close range.  Worst start possible.

Around the 15 minute mark it was 2-0.  A cross (corner?) just skimmed off their forward’s head and went in off one of our players…

We played ok for most of the half though.  A few too many long balls perhaps, as we thought that was the way to get around them.  We didn’t go through the middle enough, and when we did we made too many errors.

The second half was much of the same.  We had a couple of good chances.  Matt got onto a loose ball in the box to make it 2-1. Ellery skewed a chance at the back post after a low cross from the left.

I showed how little I’ve learned over the past two decades, and got myself a yellow while trying to get my winger sent off.

Rather than us running over the top of them, Windsor regained their 2 goal lead via the penalty spot. Thankfully their fourth goal was ruled offside to keep the scoreline fair.

On another day we could have had them, but this was not that day.  Enjoy the June long weekend off lads, and get around the A’s as we have a third crack at them.

May 182017
 

In the middle of May on a Tuesday night the Whites E’s got their season under way, 5 weeks after the rest of the division. A strange time to begin a campaign, in what was overall a very strange night. With showers before the game, a stiff breeze and lightning off in the distance, and our lights being ‘ok’ at best, conditions were tricky.

With the D’s regularly having 30 blokes to choose from this year, the whites committee took the bold decision to see if we could add a 5th team to the club in the collegiate league.

The boys will catch up on all their missed games & many of these will end up being mid-week night games.

An early highlight from the game was the 20 odd players who hung around after training to cheer the guys on… Whilst I’m not entirely sure all the banter was constructive, it did add a festive atmosphere to the night.

The first ever 5th team was a mix of players from the C’s and D’s squad, a couple of blokes making their Uni-whites debut and one lost looking A’s player to add some spice. With a dearth of defenders, but a plethora of midfielders and strikers we opted for a back 3, and an extra man in the midfield – in a bid to play to our strengths.

The Whites opened brightly, with some crisp 1 and 2 touch passing & the boys showing a good turn of speed. We controlled the tempo of the game & for the first 20 minutes or so we were decidedly the better team. We got behind the Pembroke defence a couple of times & Both Julian and Isaac (I think) managed to get shots away, but no goals were to come.

With rolling subs there’s always a chance that stability can be damaged. And it seemded as though that happened to the Whites. Our first couple of substitutions coincided with 10 minutes of chaos, as on 3 occasions we got caught trying to pass the ball out of defence and on all 3 occasions the turnover on the edge of the box restulted in a Pembroke goal. Whilst we also made a couple of chances of our own (Ryan hit the crossbar from about 20 yards) That chaotic period, backed up by a penalty meant a shell-shocked E team were 4 goals down at the half.

A possible highlight of the half came in the midsts of our melt-down when Wez wandered over to the bench and gathered spectators and asked ‘Who’s this Greek bloke out here? Why would he do that? We’re nice people!’ (after Alex’s first couple of touches had resulted in turnovers).

Ryan and Kirsten stepped up at the break with a few choice words – basically asking the boys to clear it wide in need, asking the wingers to play a little deeper and asking the midfield to be more compact.

The second half began a lot like the first, with the Whites again looking very good, passing well & generally controlling the tempo. George and Harry were solid in the midfield & Umar and John George looked like they were finially gaining an understaning of each others game. The fight-back began a little fortuitously though, as Telmoo and a Pembroke defender clashed in the box – both went down and a penalty was awarded… (we’re still not quite sure what for)… No one put their hand up to take it, but in the end George stepped up & slotted it home with aplomb. Marking his first ever Uni Whites goal, and of course the first ever goal for the White’s E’s.

From that point on, we completely dominated the game. Jules had obviously decided the game was his to win, as a barnstorming run took him to just inside the 18 yard box on the right hand side where he hit a tracer bullet shot to score at the far post. Not 5 minutes later and he’s repeated the dose with another powerful bomb from an even tougher angle.

The whites were sniffing blood now, and Alex and Ryan teamed up for a lovely piece of play, but Ryan’s shot skewed just wide from a tight angle. Then Jules decided to try his luck with the left boot, his first shot went just wide but his second from 20 yards was just saved by the Pembroke keeper.

The final whistle blew & we’d lost 4-3… A couple of silly mistakes in the first half cost us the result. But again I’m writing about the positives that are coming from the squad. What I’m really enjoying week after week is a never-say-die attitude to the game. Scores are irrelevant, effort is constant. Glamour is lurking.

That’s it!

Saf

 Posted by at 9:30 pm
May 102017
 

In the absence of the great man Dave Wilson, I thought I better pen a few words about our game from last week. I did a Dave & had a pre-game look at our opponents. Only a couple of familiar faces from last year, with a lot of tall young lads lining up. Could be a tougher game than the one at the end of last season (which we won 6-1).

The Whites this week took on the previously unbeaten Immanuel, who’ve been averaging 7 goals a game up to this point. Matt & Kirsten had an almost impossible to believe 24 players available to choose from this week – and that’s not even including a bunch of guys who are training but not yet registered. Rob, Andre, Mark and Martins returned to the line-up this week, as did C grade regulars Michael Petrilli and Sam Burt meaning we had an extremely strong squad to face our top of the table opponents.

Pre-game Matt talked about 2 touch football & playing the way we’re facing. He also mentioned to run hard as we have a big bench to choose from.

Early on we made a number of good breaks on the wings, with Sam & Ishmael getting a couple of good balls in, but we weren’t able to score. Immanuel’s game was mainly about pumping the ball long to the tall, quick young lads up the front, but our back 4 were doing a good job of nullifying the attacks.
Andre & George were working hard in the midfield, but for much of the half Immanuel seemed to have an extra man in space & were often happy to skip the midfield all-together. Late on Kirsten was forced to make a diving tackle to save what looked like a certain goal & the ½ time score of 0-0 was probably a fair indication of the game.

At the break we talked about bringing the defence up quicker, making sure of our better passing game and also hitting the opponents harder on 2nd tackles. The boys clearly lifted in the 2nd half and with Sangers & Abdul playing closer to John up front, we started to take control & created (and spurned) a number of excellent chances.

It came completely against the play for Immanuel to score however, when their goalie boomed a long kick in & the ball bounced well past the ½ way line, allowing their winger to pounce on the loose ball and score.

What was most impressive though from the boys is how we lifted. We shifted gears & were pressing up the field – Immanuel spent much of the last 20 camped in their own half, with Ishmael, Michael, Sangers and Abdul completely in control.

Late on, we finally got our reward, as Abdul went on a mazy run & scored from a tight angle.  We continued to press for the final minutes and Immanuel were spent. Unfortunately though we couldn’t find the winner.

A point against the top team is a solid result, but the play in the 2nd half tells me there’s a lot more to come from this squad. Tough cup game next week v Rostrevor B. I know all the boys will be pumped for another big performance.

That’s it.
Saf

 Posted by at 11:03 am
Apr 242017
 

The B’s played a ripper first half.  We kept possession well, and got two goals from shot/crosses which both looped over the keeper’s head.  The blot on the half was us falling asleep after the first goal, and allowing Pembroke to run into our box and force the ball home without much of a tackle.   So 2-1 up, and we were confident.

Unfortunately it was a game of two halves, and we were under pressure for much of the second half.  We had chances, and we managed to keep Pembroke at bay.  It was disappointing then that we handed them their equaliser from a corner: a free header which should have been saved went into the net off Paulie on the post.

And then, with just about the final touches of the game, Pembroke’s left winger played a nice one-two with their striker, and blasted the ball into the top left corner from about 20yards.  Terrible way to lose a game in which we’d never been behind in, but you had to applaude the finish…

We’ll have to start again in round 2.

Apr 242017
 

A’s went 1-0 up inside 10 minutes with a Bres-special set piece.  After failing to understand the two-man free kick at training, the Greco-Roman partnership nailed it during the game.  Pedron faked the shot, laying off into the path of Tsirbas, who side footed passed the keeper.

Five minutes later and Dongas was left 1 on 1 with the keeper. He rounded the keeper easily to the left and poked it into an empty net.  2-0.

Up the other end, we failed to deal with a loose ball on the left.  Their winger slid to get to the ball first, and knocked the ball across the face of our goal.  Eddie was left 1 on 1 with an opposition forward, and the ball just evaded his outstretched foot, falling perfectly to be tapped past Josh in goal. 2-1

Soon after, we gave away a free kick just outside the box on the right.  The wall was set up for a right footer, but the kick was taken with the left, and slotted into the far corner.  I guess we’re not the only team who can score free kicks.

2-2 in about 20 minutes and then we get to the talking point of the match.  I can’t say I saw the incident, but what I did see was Pembroke getting a free kick, and the referee walking (limping) off to restart the game.  Their linesman then called the referee over for a chat.  End result of the chat: Alex is sent off for an elbow.  To say that those on our sideline were upset with this turn of events is an understatement.

Anyway, moving on… we get to half time at 2-2.

Not sure about the order after half time, but we copped another goal from a poor clearance, and Steve made a double substitution: fresh legs for Ari and Roschi.

To be honest, I’d had a couple of beers, and have a bad memory at the best of times, but I’m pretty sure Hendrie knocked one home after a mazy Liam run, and Dongas hit a loose ball to the far corner for another. Long story short, we end up going 4-3 up with 10 men and the sideline was going mental.

We were under immense pressure after that though, and unfortunately we couldn’t hold out.  We had a a couple of chances to clear out of defence, but copped one from another loose ball inside the box – and I’m pretty sure it was the same bastard who scored the winner in the B’s.

Bloody amazing game though.

Aug 252016
 

Today sees us at the beautiful seaside pitch at west beach! We are playing Mercedes who’s ground is unplayable so lucky us are here at ‘wind tunnel park’

Today will be a hot contest as Mercedes have produced some impressive performances with a 1 all draw with Pembroke and a 2-1 victory over Rostrevor over the last 2 weeks!

This is the form team in the comp so a very tough game away for the whites! Rumor is they have also loaded their side to stick it up us as well!

It’s cold, breezy and the pitch is average but not wet!

Mercedes look serious in their warm up and have come to play!

The Whites have Saf back but Rob1 still out, Jan back in for Arron and also Cam who are both up to the C’s

We may get a late shower as its does look darkish to the west.

Good start for Bres as he was pacing along the sideline on his phone and the kids game next to us push the ball out to the line. Bres not watching crashing into a poor Little 10 year old and took him out! In true Bres style he just continues to wander along the line and looks back with a smirk!

Looking at Mercedes they look like an even group with a couple of big boys! They have skills and an aggressive approach! Both squads have full numbers. Game on is my call but let’s go whites 3-2

One issue no ref and the start has been pushed back to 1.15 pm so he can make it…?
He has arrived and we have had him before and that was interesting as he is very emotional when it’s tough!

Game starts!

A very even start and both midfields look good!
A play down the left and Ellery is on it he passes to Abdul who beats the defender and delivers a great ball across the keeper to Johnny who pumps it in for the whites first! 1-0 whites . That was quick!

Early observation are they have not defended well so that maybe a bonus for us!

Saba another great ball but Johnny’s shot is blocked by the keeper.

A massive goal kick goes 69 Mtrs with the wind from Mercedes but Dans header is a fantastic for the clearance.

Dan with another great header clears the lines.
Mercedes push hard and are in the game as they settle after the early goal.

Corner Mercedes and they have a 6 foot 5 giant in the box!
The kick is taken and it curls on goal and it’s in as Dan tries to to save but bodies everywhere, it’s a goal! 1 all

Corner whites and it’s Across the front of the box but Abdul shot blocked it rebounds to Aaba and his shot is block as well.

This one is getting hot as the giant is about to squash Johnny as the mouths start to fly off! I can see the glint in Jan’s eye as it becomes a stand off with aggression rising! He loves this stuff!

Goal kick from Big Dan and one touch pass from Jan and Wes is in but it’s just long, keepers ball

A heap of sledging as there seems to be a strong dislike for each other! Rob2 also seems to lift in these games as the tougher it gets the harder he goes in!

Mercedes having a good patch but the defense in Saf, Dan, Matty & Sammy doing well.
Corner Mercedes and Dan crashes the pack and the balls away from a dangerous position.

I think a couple of Mercedes boys will think twice next time they back into BIG DAN!
Close to half time and 1 all

And that’s half time

The key for the whites is to run at them as they have a couple of big slower boys at the back and if we put them under pressure we will score again.

Second starts and it’s all whites Mercedes smash a clearance but Darren is in the way and cops a shocking hit to the eye from 2 Mtrs away and he is hurt! He’s off and I hope ok as it was a bad hit to his face!

This is very tight but you feel there’s more goals.

Ellery great ball across goal and the defender misses it and Abdul is on it with sublime skill he places it past the keeper, what a fantastic finish for a 2-1 lead!

It’s gone off here as Mercedes go berserk about an offside call and the game has stopped the ref get involved on the line with their bench not sure what happen but it’s ugly!

It looks as if Dan’s dad wants to knock someone’s block off! Let me say he is normally the calmest of all of Us and they have abused him to trigger that reponse. They are whingers and fools!

Beautiful ball forward from Johnny and it finds Wes on the ball & bang like Jamie Vardy at his best he hits an absolute Cracker and it’s in for number 3! The boys loved that one as Wes deals them a death blow and the whites take control!!!!!

This is one we want to win as they are a mob of big mouth clowns.

Free kick Mercedes and it’s a good ball and a spare man at the back gets his head in it but Big Dan get a hand on it but the rebound is back to them and it’s in for their second.

Extremely unlucky ( I hope that was a fair description Dan) Game on again 3-2 we lead.

Another corner to them and long but falls to them and the shot is wide but close. We need to rest control back as they are having a a good spell

Matty gets the ball and a nice pass to Saba on to Abdul and he slides it across goal… Who’s there??? it’s Johnny! and he bangs it in with a Suarez type finish so there’s number 4!!

4-2 lead fricking awesome Whites everyone take a bow!

Mercedes screaming like little girls at a Taylor Swift concert! They are experts at the rules as all they do is try to umpire the game maybe if they shut the hell up and just played it may be more productive 😁

What they haven’t worked out is this ref hates it and is actually giving them less every time they abuse him! Nobs

We defend well with 10 mins left
Still at hectic pace this one is one of the better quality games for the year but tough!

Matty goes down after a late challenge and is coming off!

Another tackle from behind and is our free kick! That about 5 yellows for them!

Ball forward and another card and free to us and Johnny deliver from a dead ball and Saba try’s the bicycle kick but it’s saved. The boys have kept ownership of the midfield and defended realty well and that’s full time 4-2 great win!

And that was the best and loudest singing of the song all year!

Jan solid and addicted to a scrap, the harder the better – love it

Bobby some great runs and nice balls – well played

Sammy as reliable as ever and a rock. Has stepped up big time with Rob1 out

Dan best game for the year he was a great piece of our defensive puzzle. Congrats Dan!

Ellery creative, classy and skilled. Always a danger, silky smooth.

Wes quality finish, linkman, enigma, freak, team barometer!

Abdul was dangerous, again delivered up front and quality player!

Rob2 hard in the midfield, set
Up the team and defend brilliantly played a major role in the win

Matty best game game for the team this year and won some critical contests whilst showing great commitment

Darren guts, commitment the definition of a team player and off to hospital I hope he is OK & wishing him all the best!

Saf a rock and gives absolutely everything and is Mr. Reliable, a team favorite. I know he enjoyed that win

Big Dan, bloody awesome saves and his marshaling of the troops second to none! Huge assets and best keeper in the league

Johnny clearly his most enjoyable game of the year all you had to do is watch his celebration and 2 goals a top effort from the captain.

Saba at his best! Untouchable on the ball and his second efforts today were special! A game changer!

Bres a happy man who lead from the front with passion and motivation that got the team up for their best win of the season! And that is IT!

Photos the after match victory song.
All played well. Really great team effort!

David Wilson.

Jul 062016
 

Round 3 Immanuel v Uni Whites away.

It’s a crisp autumn day with what feels like a winter sun providing some much welcome warmth.

After success at Mt Baker last week and Grads red in round one the D grade have had a solid start to the season and will look to build on this platform today.

The whites sit 3rd on the table on goal difference and Immanuel are 6th have won 1 and lost 1.
I am sure it will be a tough game in trying secure the 3 points!

Team news is that there has been a number of changes with Rob2 being picked in the C?

Hamood is still searching for his wife in Bali or lost? Sol is away in Melbourne. So to fill the holes in the mid field we have Mat Bates is back and abz in for his first game with Tomas also in for his 2016 debut. Unfortunately another guys I don’t know has not turned up!!!! Not a good start

Immanuel look to have a sprinkling of youth and experience. One notable point is their keeper is beefy fellow and may not be as agile as some!

The breeze is north west and will be a factor for both sides
We win the toss and kick with the wind in the first half and off we go!

Early on its tight and this no Mt Barker. Immanuel have the best of the first 10 mins with no real chances.
Not much system going forward for the Whites as they haven’t settled yet 18 mins in

A wide ball played in by Immanuel and is in for a goal 1 nil down

Immanuel push again but the defense stands up

30 mins and its a tight game but the Ref seems hell bent on giving soft fouls and most to Immanuel

The Ref is absolutely panicking about any contact and giving soft decisions

40 mins in and the game has evened up and the whites look better

That’s 1/2 time and not our greatest half but I am confident in the second half we will get opportunities!

Bres at half time feels we are not holding the ball and just running and chasing. He moves Saba to up front to hold the ball. Unfortunately Saf pick up a injury ( Hammy ) in the first half and Wes is done as well and they will take no further part! So that’s 3 down plus our others outs

This game is not over and we can come back!

Second half starts
10 mins in and on the break Immanuel open it up and there’s the second and its 2-0

The boys try to string together some passes but no mojo today!

The Ref is pathetic and continues to give unbelievable frees to Immanuel!!!!!

I have not seen 3 passes in a row all day as the boys try hard to pull it back
The whites create a couple of chance but no result.

30 mins gone and long ball clearance seem easy with a 2 nil lead but the whites keep trying to pull one back.
Corner whites and a good ball in from Jahn and it bobbles around in the box but cleared

10 mins left and we need a miracle as the ref continues to be BOG for them
The ball seems to be like a super ball bouncing off our feet, left right and centre

Johnny gets played through and puts it in the back of the net… only to be called back gor offside! We were all standing inline on the bench and that was another horrid call for the day.

Whites press and Matty’s shoots but over the top
And with a wide ball in theres the 3rd and its 3-0

This has not be our day and the midfield outs seem to have unsettled the side however the guys in there have tried hard.
Our endeavor was there but we had a poor day skill wise and they took every opportunity.

And that’s full time and a day to forget!
My best Sam and Jahn

David Wilson.

Jul 062016
 

Round 2 UNI Whites vs Mt Barker at Mt Barker

Well it’s a drizzly day on top of the mountain but the boys take to their warm up with enthusiasm!
Checking my phone it’s 14.3 degrees and the breeze is cool!

Today is significant as one of the team celebrates his 53rd birthday!!!!! The team also wears the black arm band as it acknowledges the 27th anniversary of ‘Hillsborough’ a significant memory for the great LFC!

I will be honest Mt Barker look like a group not really interested and I am predicting a big win for the whites! Anyone who has a number 00 on their back is taking the piss and deserves a fogging!

We have a small issue no ref yet!
It’s 1.02 and nothing happening.
At 1.06 we are ready to go as the ref is here and off we go!

Early on its all whites as they push for an opener, Mt Barker pushes the ball to the line on every occasion and we have had 6 throw ins in the first 5 mins.
It’s very slippery which is making control difficult!

15 mins in and its a tight contest. We clearly have more skill but the conditions are evening things up!

Whites break and its Jahn charging at the goal, he shoots but just wide!
The whites looked to have settled and have taken control in the midfield. I feel there one close!

Nice throw in and Johnny traps, turns and shoots but just wide. I don’t see the the wind in the first half helping the whites at all and I think going into it will suit us more in the second half.

Corner whites and its in the hot spot and on the rebound clearance Rob2 smashes it in from 20 meters out for number 1 to the whites and we lead 1-0!!

Now it’s opened up and chances are coming thick and fast Saba, Johnny and Bres all have chances but with no result.

That’s half time and the whites lead 1 nil
Half time speech is about more of the same with some cut backs to feet in the box and Bres reckons he will take care of it!

Second half starts
It’s clear Mt Barker will use the long ball and belt the clearance as far as they can every time. If the whites can use their skill and work forward they can score.

Throw in to Bres and he is hit from behind and its a penalty!

Bobby steps up and bang in she goes! 2-0 whites!!

Saba and Rob2 are slicing them up in the middle.
We are in again and Jahn is on goal but it’s wide.

Jahn again! But wide, he is in the game and must score shortly.
Whites dominating!

Mt Barker are in and score ….but wait Wes as the flag up! And the ref has a chat and its disallowed!!!!’ Nice Wes! (The negotiator)

Quick throw and Saba cuts back and the birthday boys nearly gets his foot on it but no! The cruelty of it all.

20 mins in and the chance keep coming in shocking conditions but still 2-0

Bobby wins the ball and goes long to Sam who puts a beautiful measured ball in front of Johnny and pow in it goes for the whites 3rd!!!!! Playing good football in the conditions!

Wes great tackle and crosses into Jahn and he is just wide! That looked like the one!

The whites are in but the flag goes up and Jahn takes exception! (He was right) then a barrage of verbal abuse from the linesman and Jahn returns some well chosen words to be clear he felt it was a bad call!

Attack after attack I can’t keep up lets just say it’s over and done!

Rob takes the throw and Rob2 creates a shot and its a Just over the top!
Wes take on responsibility of a shot on the edge of the box but over the top she goes.

Bobby down the left and he pumps it at the goal and off the bar! I give him credit for the shot but was also nearly a great cross.

2 more corners but no result and that’s full time. 3-0 whites!!

Whites very good performance with the defense supreme lead by big Dan in goal with a faultless performance Rob, Saf and dan were impassable.

Sam had some great runs. Everyone in the middle played well with Rob2, Saba, and Darren, Bobby, sol wide did really well in control.

Up front we could have scored 10 but Jahn and Bres enjoyed their partnership as Wes and Johnny did as well to get it done!

2 wins from 2 games and the season is up and running!

(Picture Bobby’s jumper made me laugh so i took a picture “bobby luv”)

By, David Wilson.

Jul 062016
 

Welcome to the first game of the season!

Uni Whites vs Grades reds at home. With the smell of cut grass and the feeling that “winter is coming” Uni Whites brace themselves like a soldiers of “the nights watch” preparing for war!

It is clear like every team the whites have ambitions of a successful year and have come in to the first round in good form after what was a stirring effort in the cup round last week!

The day greets us with overcast sky’s but hopefully no rain! The pitch is in very good condition and a perfect day for the great game.

Grads red sport an All red strip and seem to have a blend of old, young and one guy warming up in bright red shorts and sunglasses!

The whites are kicking to the club room end and the first half is underway…

A massive swinging boot should have been a Red or at least yellow but nothing from ref Morgan freeman!
The free kick is punch away by the keeper!
Ball play forward and Hamood is in but brought down in the box and its a penalty.

Johnny steps up and bang in she goes for a 1 nil lead to the whites after 4 mins

Grads look dangerous when they have the ball but look slow and suspect in defense however it is early.

Grads red have some good feet which can create chances but our defense is working well together.
Whites still look good going forward with their pace and control look to be the difference

Corner whites – but is high and wide!
25 mins in and the game is a battle in the midfield with temperatures rising!!!

Grads whip the ball in and a header is good for 1 all

Darren breaking down the left and put it in to the the ‘amazing Wes ‘ who splits the keeper in half with unbelievable chip/off-spinner/angus monfries circa 2013 for 2-1 whites.

Wes in again and beats one! Beat the keeper! Just to rub it in he goes back and Beats the keeper again! (it’s like watching MESSI ) but he pokes it wide!!!! WHAT?!

And that’s half time whites lead 2-1

The whites took control and have started to use the newly introduced interchange rule very well as they look fresher than their opposition.
Bres is happy with the effort and has asked for the boys to really push for the 3rd.

Second half starts

Grads start the second half well with 2 attempts on goal early….The whites need to play tough and absorb the pressure.

Big Dan the scary man! is marshaling the defense as we hold off the push from Grads to get the equalizer

10 Mins in and we are standing tall And continue to hold the lead.
Bobby, Saf, Darren, Rob, Matty and Dan doing a great job dealing with every attack.

A ball is punched forward and hamood cuts it back to Jahn who hits it…..but saved by the keeper.

The corners in and Rob climbs high but his header is taken by the keeper!

Corner whites and Wes plays it short and Matty who plays a great ball across the goal but no one on the end of it. That could have been number 3

Corner grads and Rob clears with a huge header.

Jahn gets tangle up with hot head number 9 who should be off already due to a ridiculous tackle in the first 5 mins and the ref has a chat to them both as they front each other like a ‘Ali and Fraser’ but we all know Jahn is a peaceful man and never loses his temper😜😜😜

Grads attack again but header over the bar!

Nice ball from Nick but the keeper shut Johnny down and its out for a throw to us, the keeper is down and getting treatment but seems ok! In fact nothing wrong with him?

Free kick to grads in a dangerous position and the wall goes in place! The kick is taken and straight into the wall and cleared

30 mins in and the whites continue to hold grads off!

Corner whites off a Wes shot as its deflected out by a defender
In it goes and Jahn volleys wide
The whites seem to have taken control of the midfield as their fitness seems superior???

Jahn through the mid field and his ball was magnificent to Johnny and he make the keeper look drunk as he slots the whites 3rd and its 3-1 whites!!!!!!

They are on fire with Rob (no.3 midfield) is killing them! “He will be referred to as Rob 2 on future reports and The real Rob will be referred to as Rob1😀

The ducks have now entered the field (see photo) as they know the game over and its safe to wander around as Grads Reds have nothing left!

Corner grads and its cleared, its now 40 mins in and the whites are In total control! Grads have dropped their heads as they know it’s a lost cause!!!

And that’s full time! A great first up win for the whites and 2016 is on and running!!!!!!

That’s it!!!!!!

David Wilson

Jul 062016
 

Today Uni Whites D venture to Rostrevor!
They current are unbeaten but up front I can see an upset!!!!

It’s a great day for football at 23 degrees and it’s a good pitch for the lads to show their stuff.
There are some familiar faces in the Rostrevor lineup. We know a few have some quality but they fall away quickly.

Warm up is done with the whites looking sharp. Rostrevor have done barely any warm up and I think look concerned!
They have a couple of solid unit who are built for comfort not speed!!!

We are underway and it’s a tight start with some willing tackles but whites looking good.
Sol breaks and crosses in and an own goal!!!!

Whites 1 nil up!

Rostrevor break and an error at the back and that’s 1 all. Unlucky

Rostrevor playing the normal way of pushing the boundaries belting us at every opportunity and theres their first yellow! This is on and the whites need to stand up to them

Sol with an amazing run and he brought down in the box and it’s a penalty!!!
But no card!

Johnny lines it up and bang in she goes for a 2-1 lead!!!!!

Corner Rostrevor but cleared!
Whites on goal but saved! It is a cracker this one!

Whites hold strong and Sol has another shot but the keeper cleans it up!
Rostrevor under pressure are taking the long ball option and Rob and the guys are cleaning it up everytime!

The whistle blows and that’s 1-2 time with a 2-1 lead

Bres has stated that was our best half for the year and what the boys need to do is keep the pressure up and get the ball to feet everytime!

The second half begins
Rostrevor attack but Big Dan saves (he has had a cracker)
Long clearance from Dan and the other Dan just fail to keep it in.

Free kick as Dan is brought down
Jahn in hard and wins the throw
it’s opening up a bit and Jahn gets a ball and powers it but just saved! Great shot

Corner whites and and Saf hits it! (Yes Saf) but it’s high

Free kick Rostrevor and it’s blocked by the wall
Player going down left, right and center!

27 mins gone and this it a tough contest and tempers are nearly over the top, the ref says he will call it off if everyone doesn’t behave themselves! WTF

Whites push forward and Jahn nearly threads it though!

Whites break and Dan wins the ball to Abul to John to Dan to Abul and bang that’s number 3!!!! This is going to be a great win as the whites lead 3-1

Tension are high but you can see Rostrevor bleeding (love it, there is a god)

Whites again and Hamood cuts back from the corner flag and Sol slots it in for a great goal and that 4-1 whites!!

Whites have stood up today and played their best game for the year!

The whites hold firm as the wall (big Dan) and (the rock Rob) just toy with every attack slapping them away like a bad Hooker!

The whites clearly on top as the the game tickles to full time!

And that’s it’s the final whistle and a fantastic 4-1 victory against the unbeaten Rostrevor thugs.

What make this sweeter is number41 trudges off not shaking hands with his head down! Which is his best play of the day and make the win the sweetest of all!!

Sorry the report is a bit thin today, i couldn’t take my eyes off the game! Sam was incredible today that had to be metnioned, stood up to some big blokes and won the ball everytime!

This is where the season really begins!!

‘And that’s it, that it, that it, that’s it’ Uni Whites that’s it!!!’

David Wilson.