|C's||4 - 1 win|
|O Smith||S Safralidis|
|K Nguyen||C Hopgood|
|J Livore||F Jum'ee|
|L Chandiok||P Santos|
The C's, or as they are fast becoming "Dad's Army" took on Mount Barker away for an early morning 11am start. I'm not sure the reason for this, but i'm only assuming Mount Barker wanted to test the arthritic legs of our aged C's. With over 1000 games experience on the field and another 400 odd on the bench though, Mount Barker were always going to find it tough to outsmart our boys.
Coming off the back of a good win vs Immanuel, this was an important game. Mount Barker were actually 4 points ahead of the Whites on the ladder and are a much improved side from last year.
Early on though, the game was decidedly scrappy – with the Whites having generally more of the play, but the pitch was small and narrow, making it difficult for us to spread the ball wide.
The first goal though fell to the Whites, as Jan threw in to Superman, who turned inside and shot, a nice little deflection off the defender gave the keeper no chance (or was it his super powers?).
The lead however was short lived, as the slippery conditions allowed a long ball to bobble through Tikka's legs. This allowed one of mount Barkers midfielders to swoop on the ball and strike from long range. 1-1.
As the half wore on, the Whites started to gain the ascendancy, though there were few periods of real dominance, we certainly had more of the ball – whilst Mt Barkers forays were nearly all long balls to the young forwards – but Jan, Ollie, Tikka and Lev were handling these well.
We scored a second, as another play down the left flank ended with Sancho in the box on a tight angle. His shot was low and hard and went in at the far post for a 2-1 lead. That's the Ecuadorian's 3rd goal in successive matches after his New Zealand holiday – we might have to send him there every pre-season from now on.
At the half, we all knew we can play much better than that and yet we were 2-1 up. Juan, Kev, Wez and Pancho had bottled up the midfield and with our defenders on top the game was ours for the taking.
In the second half Mount Barker had a bit of an implosion. The Whites began to take hold – with Richard scoring from a corner and a number of shots either being saved or going wide, we were in control. Leo was taken down in the box (and had to come off), allowing Supeman to score a well deserved hat-trick.
Late in the game, Campbell, Patrick, Fairuz and I all had a run, but no more goals were forthcoming.
The final result though, a solid 4-1 win, in a game where the boys rarely got out of first gear. The old legs now have a week to recover (A's are in the Cup this weekend v Scotch), before we're back in action against Unley on the 16th.