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2012 Match Reports - Junior

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Weekend 21st / 22nd July 2012

Sun 22nd July
Seaforth 3 Brookvale 3
At Graham Reserve

A share of the points is better than a loss, but this will definitely count as one that got away. Not that we had things all our own way, far from it, but we created more chances in front of goal and could’ve won quite comfortably.

Brookvale made its intentions clear very early, forcing Georgia into a terrific reflex save after just 5 minutes. But our ladies went 1-nil up only moments later, Claudia scoring after a beautiful pass from Chantal. Minutes later, Kahlia lit up the ground with a great run from halfway, finally cutting in and beating the fullback and the goalie with a lovely left footer. Up the other end, Georgia was pulling save after save before she was beaten by a top shot from the right.

2-1 heading into the second spell, with Brookvale now enjoying a freshening wind. They made the most of it, scoring early from a long ball into the box. 2-all, but our ladies edged in front once again when Chelsea showed great skill to trap a goal kick and feed the ball to Claudia who made no mistake from close range. Time was running out when Brookvale made a run down the left, and a lovely inch-perfect cross on the wind was good enough to beat our keeper from wide out.

- Report by: Murray Olds

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Weekend 14th / 15th July 2012

Sun 15th July
Seaforth 0 Wakehurst 2
At Tania Pk

These two teams fought out a tough 1-all draw early in the season, so we knew we'd be in a scrap when Wakehurst made the trip up to Tania Park on a lovely Sunday morning. Sure enough, the visitors turned up to play and went home with the points, but Seaforth was far from disgraced.

It was a bright start from both sides but it seemed Seaforth was gaining the ascendancy at the 20 minute mark. A shot from Claudia was tipped round the corner by the Wakehurst goalie, and then a strike from Olivia cannoned off the underside of the crossbar, straight down into the box. Those misses were to prove costly.

Wakehurst grabbed the first goal not long before half time, capitalizing on some dithering in front of the posts by Seaforth. Into the second spell, and the home side once again looked to be exerting the greater influence, but Wakehurst put away the second with lovely footwork at the post from a corner. Our ladies tried hard, but the Wakehurst goalie was having a great day out, and she denied our every endeavour right to the end.

- Report by: Murray Olds

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Weekend 23rd / 24th June 2012

Sun 24th June
Seaforth 3 Wakehurst 0
At Seaforth

A lovely Sunday morning at home, and a result to match, Seaforth taking the points in a pretty one-sided win. Our ladies were particularly grateful for the assistance of three young women from the 16s, two of them who ended up on the score sheet. Thanks to Kate, Georgia and Keira.

Seaforth got off to a bright start, but it took some time before Kate was able to grab the first goal. Rhian had her hands full in goal, but was more the equal to the challenge, and our skillful team was able to apply all the pressure further up the park. No surprise when Kate grabbed the first goal, and then Chelsea made it 2-nil before half time.

Into the second spell, and Seaforth had all the ball. It could have been a goal fest, but resolute Wakehurst defence meant Georgia was the only player to find the back of the net in the second half. Still, a win is a win, and it was fitting that Seaforth went away with the points.

- Report by: Murray Olds

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Weekend 9th / 10th June 2012

Sun 10th June
Seaforth 2 Dee Why 4
At Seaforth

A miserable day matched the result for a hard-working home team that struggled from the start. We were up against a very skillful Dee Why side, and we could muster only 8 players, but our ladies managed to give a pretty good account of themselves.

Dee Why began brightly, and we found ourselves 3 goals down with plenty still to play in the first spell. But Seaforth stuck to the task, and Claudia was rewarded with a goal in the shadow of the half-time whistle.

It was always going to be a big ask, coming back from that deficit, and the task was made more difficult when the visitors put away their 4th. But once again we hit back, with Rhian grabbing a delightful goal to complete the scoring. Dee Why deserved the points today, but credit to our under-strength ladies who never gave up.

- Report by: Murray Olds

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Saturday 9th June
Seaforth Wolves 3 Forest Explorers 0
At Seaforth

A beautiful sunny day at Seaforth and the Wolves turned out with a full line up except for Manager Pete Murphy, away on business.

While the 3-0 score line suggests a comfortable win for the Wolves, this was anything but one sided and until the final 5 minutes the game could have gone either way.

The first half was a very even affair with the Explorers showing resilience and skills. They are a skilful, well-drilled side and the Wolves found it hard to create chances. Field position was evenly shared and both teams failed to capitalize on the half chances, both team's defence looked solid and well organized. Daniel Price as goalkeeper defused the main Forest chance by coming off his line shutting down the attack with a well timed tackle.

While all the boys played well, special mention should go to Ben Parry for his excellent work at left back and to Leighton Shaw who threatened from the left midfield. George Murphy again showed speed and skill to create a couple of good chances. Jai Garness made several chances for himself but was just wide with his long range attempts.

The second half saw the Wolves pick it up with some more urgency shown in the middle by Corey Hollman and Luka Smyth and the right side started to open up with Nicii Church strong at the back feeding it on to Fergus Faulder who persistently ran the ball up right the touchline and kept the Explorers camped in their own territory for much of the second half. Midway through the second half, Sam McCauley, playing striker, received a good through ball and broke free but after the hard work looked certain to get the opener but could not get a shot in before the defence of Forest rallied.

10 minutes from full time and the Explorers were unlucky to be denied by an excellent save by Ben, now at goalie.

The Wolves began to push a bit harder and had the run of the game for the final 10 minutes, eventually the weight of field position told and after a determined run through traffic Daniel Price got the Wolves started with a goal from short range.

Now on top the Wolves followed up with successive goals to Harry Aquilina, who finished his chance with a clinical strike inside the near post and a second to Daniel pushing up from right midfield.

While the final score probably flattered the home side, the most pleasing thing was to see 2 very good sides play a hard game in such good spirit, the Wolves will certainly need to be on song when they next meet the Explorers.

- Report by: Ken Faulder – Wolves Co-Coach

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Weekend 26th / 27th May 2012

Saturday 26th May
Seaforth Wolves 2 Seaforth Hawks 0

U9 Seaforth Wolves - in their new kit sponsored by SkiJapan.com

            U9 Seaforth Wolves - in their new kit sponsored by SkiJapan.com
         Back row (L to R) Ken Faulder (coach) Luka Smyth, Corey Hollman, Harry Aquilina,
         Fergus Faulder, Sam McCauley, George Murphy, Ben Parry
         Front row: Daniel Price, Nicii Church, Jai Garness, Leighton Shaw, Ants Gardner
         (Assistant Coach)

This was the first regular season matchup between the two Seaforth U9 'red' sides. Having met twice in pre-season trial games and both games resulting in Wolves victories, our boys went into the match brimming with confidence but in no way underestimating the Hawks, a well drilled and rapidly improving side. This eagerly anticipated clash got underway at 11.30am in cold and blustery but sunny conditions. The Wolves were proudly wearing their new team shirts, thanks to new Club sponsor SkiJapan.com

The game did not disappoint and a fascinating struggle ensued. Starting with attacking flurries on both sides, the boys tested out each others defences which were well organised. Both the Wolves and Hawks goalkeepers were kept reasonably quiet with few chances offered in the first 10 minutes but the Wolves maintained the majority of possession. It was midway through the first half that the Wolves struck first.

After excellent lead up work by Harry Aquilina, a corner was taken by Corey Hollman. Corey took the corner quickly flicking a short pass to Luka Smyth, and one of the Hawks defenders seeing the threat, rushed towards Luka who then launched a powerful left footed high looping ball which surprised everyone including the goalkeeper. Leaping high, the goalkeeper did well to get his fingertips on the ball as it sailed just under the crossbar and into the back of the net: this was just too good a strike to be denied a goal. Luka had struck this ball just 3 metres out from the corner near the touchline and he is a natural right footer which made the left foot acute angled shot even more astonishing. For a referee's eye view of the ball flying into the net, check the Youtube link

There were two more scoring opportunities by the Wolves in the first half.
George Murphy and Corey Hollman were involved in either. An excellent pass by Ben Parry 30 metres out found George in space, where he jinked past 2 defenders before launching a good strike but directly at the goalie, who kicked it away. Moments later, Corey took the ball down about 8 metres to the right of the goal posts and struck a powerful high angled ball from the goal line which the goalkeeper deflected into the net and the Wolves began celebrating a Hawks own goal. The celebrations were short lived: Corey was adjudged to have taken the ball out and a Hawks goal kick was ruled.

For a look at both scoring chances, click the Youtube link

The score at half time was 1-0 to the Wolves.

In the second half, the Hawks came back stronger with a much bigger share of possession and territory but the Wolves defence, led by Harry, Ben Parry and Leighton Shaw, were well organised and robust, repelling everything the Hawks could throw at them. The Wolves were fortunate that their only scoring chance on the Hawks goal in the second half met with dividends. George Murphy took the ball up after a fine pass from one of his midfielders, he managed to beat one player but a second Hawks defender made a dubious tackle on George just outside the circle and in front of goal which threw George off balance, the ball deflecting sideways and into Corey Hollman's possession just a few metres away. Corey then patiently found Daniel Price charging forward and made a pinpoint pass in between defenders and towards the waiting feet of Daniel Price. To his and team mates' delight Daniel managed to evade the goalkeeper and find the back of the net.

For a view of the Wolves' 2nd goal check Youtube

The score now 2-0 up to the Wolves and with 10 minutes to go, the Hawks then threw everything at the Wolves. The Wolves showed composure in this final period and hung on stacking numbers into their defensive line until the final whistle. The Wolves certainly did not waste any chances in the second half and their miserly defence kept them on the right end of the scoreboard all through the game.

Sam McCauley, Nicii Church and Luka Smyth were well organized at the back and depite the Hawks creating plenty of chances in the second half, they did not allow any free shots on goal.

Jai Garness and Fergus Faulder shared goalie duties and right midfield, both playing strongly and providing some width for the Wolves attack up the right sideline.

All in all, an enthralling contest and a convincing performance by the Wolves who remain undefeated after 7 rounds of the competition as they maintain bragging rights over their fellow Division 1 team. Special mention of thanks to the referee who allowed the game to flow well – in spite of (or maybe because of!) a broken whistle in the first half and to both teams who played the game hard but fair in a great spirit as expected of a local derby match where mates play mates.

Also congratulations to the Hawks who have raised the bar midway through the season and could easily have equalised in the second half. We look forward to another, no doubt, even closer contest later in the season.

- Report by: Peter Murphy

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Sunday 27th May
At Seaforth, Sunday 27 May

On paper it looks like a pretty comfortable win for Seaforth, and in the end it was. But it took a long time to grab the first goal, because the visitors never gave in for a moment, and that was a terrific effort considering three players and a mother were involved in a car crash on the way to the game. No-one was hurt, thank goodness, but the start had to be delayed and there was a good deal of concern on both sides about the well-being of the Avalon ladies.

It was a little like Groundhog Day when the opening whistle finally sounded. Seaforth was straight on the attack but we couldn't turn all the pressure into goals until the 28th minute. Amber had just been subbed on when she slipped into the box and scored from close range as Avalon failed to clear the ball. Five minutes later, Chelsea was on the sheet when she put the ball away after three Seaforth shots were denied in quick succession. And Chelsea grabbed her second only minutes later following a length of the field run: the ball was passed inch-perfect in from the right and the keeper was beaten with a low left footer. 3 nil at half time.

Into the second spell and any home team complacency was shattered after a couple of minutes when Avalon scored from the spot, converting a handball despite a valiant try from Olivia to tip the ball over the bar. The visitors went close a moment later, but that was the last serious attempt. Claudia made it 4-1 after a lovely pass from Brooke, and Chelsea hit the bar as she searched for her hat-trick. Then two of our backs stepped up to score. Annalise scored a lovely goal from long-range, the ball giving the keeper no chance, and then Chantelle matched the effort with a perfect strike from over 20 metres. Claudie completed the scoring late in the game.

Another very solid effort, ladies, but we all know tougher tests lie ahead. Congratulations Avalon for a worthy performance, given all the circumstances.

- Report by: Murray Olds

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Weekend 19th / 20th May 2012

Sunday 20th May
At Seaforth, Sunday 20th May 2012

Our ladies emerged the victors after a tough struggle against another Seaforth Under 18 side on a lovely Sunday morning. The scoreline might suggest it was a fairly one-sided encounter but that was definitely not the case. Our ladies were made to struggle for their goals: three came in a late flurry in the first half, and we were restricted to just one in the second spell.

Claudia opened the scoring at the 35 minute mark, volleying in from close range after a delightful corner from Chantelle fizzed across the face. Chelsea made it 2-nil 5 minutes later when she capitalized on an error by the fullback, stealing in to finish at the far post with a shot high into the net. And it was 3-nil on a stroke of half time: another corner fell to Chelsea who slipped a pass into Georgia, and she made no mistake with a good shot that gave the goalie no chance.

Into the second spell, and we began to turn the screws, but scoring was proving to be a real challenge. The lovely passing that has become a feature of our play under Tim was on display but a resolute defence kept denying wave after wave of attack. However that resolve was finally cracked at 20 minutes: Amber had been making life a real misery for her opponents with her roving runs down the left, and she made no mistake with an elegant left foot when the ball came in from the right. A cracker of a goal.

All in all, a good performance. Our ladies kept applying themselves to the final whistle, and were rewarded with the points after 90 enterprising minutes. Well done indeed.

- Report by: Murray Olds

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Weekend 12th / 13th May 2012

U10 Hurricanes

Well it’s a new year and the Hurricanes have already played 5 games.

5 great games and 5 excellent wins.

The boys are playing fabulous together as a team and are having fun.

The boys have scored a huge 38 goals with only 1 against.

William and Jasper have been very solid in defence, ensuring no players gets past them. William is also a great keeper and used when needed.

Campbell has also shown to be a great defender and his timing of tackles has improved out of sight.

Jayden, Rex and Evan in the mid-field have done a lot of running and ensured the correct passes have been completed. They have also scored some great goals between them.

David, Mathew, Ben have scored many excellent goals up front. David & Mathew have also done some great work as keeper.

Josh can play anywhere and has been very reliable and solid in any position he plays. Ethan before unfortunately breaking his arm played some excellent soccer in all positions.

Thanks Ethan for your support recently. And Doug is a great keeper and also an excellent defender when required.

Thanks to David for his Manager duties so far and all the refs particularly John.

In summary the boys are playing as a team and are listening to all instructions. They are having a lot of fun and hope it continues for the rest of the year.

Go Hurricanes

- Report by: Jason Agapiou, Coach

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Sunday 13th May
At Seaforth, Mothers’ Day, 2012

This was a Mothers’ Day massacre as Seaforth put an under-strength opponent to the sword. But full marks to Curl Curl: they turned up with just seven players, one of whom had to play in goal. To their credit, they never gave up and it was only tiring legs that allowed the home side to inflict some serious second-half punishment that will do a lot to boost for and away percentage.

Our strikers were ruthless. Brooke finished with five goals, thanks to some clinical execution in front of the sticks, while Claudia scored four (including a first half hat-trick). Olivia grabbed a pair and Georgia rounded out the scoring late in the game with a lovely left-foot shot that gave the keeper no chance.

But it wasn’t all about the front line. There was plenty to admire across the park. The Seaforth fullbacks hunted as a pack to shut down any Curlie raids, while the midfield was on hand to slide pass after pass to unmarked colleagues. Chelsea and Kahlia showed plenty of pace out wide too, and regularly beat Curl Curl defenders for pace and skill.

All in all, a thoroughly satisfying Mothers’ Day performance, much admired by the champagne-swilling mamas on the sidelines! Well done, ladies: hope you enjoyed the day.

- Report by: Murray Olds

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Weekend 5th / 6th May 2012

Saturday 5th May 2012
Seaforth Wolves vs CC Strikers Snappers
Cromer's Truman Reserve

A crisp clear autumn morning greeted the Wolves 3rd game of the season, playing away at Cromer's Truman Reserve. The boys ran out wearing the Seaforth Red away shirts at 8.30am. A full complement of players were on hand including 2 subs. A close game was expected, and with the last 2 games resulting in easy wins, a tough game was a game that the team needed.

The first half was evenly fought: attacking raids by the Wolves were plentiful but the Snappers defence and goalkeeper were well up to the task. In the first five minutes, Harry Aquilina found himself in space after a clever through ball from a team mate with only the goalkeeper to beat but he was correctly ruled offside by the referee (his father).

Midway through the first half, thanks to a mistake from one of the CC Strikers' midfielders who turned the ball over in a tackle, Luka Smyth raced down the right wing, beating four players before blasting a perfectly angled right foot strike into the left side of the net to beat the CC Striker goalkeeper. For a look at Luka's goal, see www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZgeULCk7evA

Wolves Keeper Nicii Church was not troubled too much in the first half, thanks to excellent counter attacks from the Wolves defensive line. There was good interchange of attacking football from both sides in the latter stages of the first half. Luckily for the Wolves, one chance did go begging when one of the Cromer strikers missed a fairly straightforward opportunity to even up the score going into the break, hooking it left of the goalposts. The Wolves went into the break 1-0 ahead with their tails up.

The CC Strikers Snappers rallied strongly in the second half and came back with a vengeance. The Wolves found themselves pinned in their own half for longer periods and goalkeeper Nicii Church was kept busy. When the Wolves found themselves attacking, this time, the CC Strikers defence was watertight. Jai Garness of the Wolves struck a powerful long range ball outside the penalty area which went only just wide and to the right. Apart from that, Wolves scoring chances in the second half were few and far between. By contrast, the Cromer team were in everything and tested the Wolves defence persistently. The momentum was clearly with the home side and after 8 minutes, they found a way through the Wolves defence and scored a well constructed goal. Right up to the final whistle, the Wolves fought hard in defence and kept the Snappers out.

Special mention must go to Ben Parry, George Murphy and Sam McCauley who had equally strong games in defence.

In summary, the draw was a fair result with both sides evenly matched in all departments.

- Report by: Peter Murphy, Wolves U9 Manager

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Sunday 6th May
At David Thomas

A gorgeous Sunday morning was matched only by the quality of the Seaforth football. Quality across the park, and we were well worth the points in a fairly one-sided encounter. Our forwards were able to feast on an avalanche of ball that came in from the midfield and the flanks, and Manly Vale was reduced to relying on optimistic fast breaks that foundered on our fullbacks. There was more structure to the Seaforth play and we went close a number of times, notably a lovely long-range strike from Chantelle that dipped over the bar.

Inevitably Seaforth went ahead, Claudia scoring from 5 metres after a beautiful through ball from Georgia. Claudie had her second less than 2 minutes later, chasing a long ball and beating the fullback for pace to slot home on the run. Plenty of heat was coming in from the left and right as well, and the home team was grateful for the halftime whistle.

The pattern was repeated in the second spell but we could add only one more goal, a tremendous individual effort from Olivia. She took the ball in, stood strong in a tackle and then beat the keeper with a lovely shot. A better second half effort from Manly Vale, but Seaforth was not to be denied and we were happy to head home with all the points.

- Report by: Murray Olds

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Weekend 28th / 29th April 2012

Sunday 29th April
At Seaforth

If character is a factor that helps determine close games, then character was on display in spades at Seaforth Oval when the locals hosted Brookvale. We were down and out at halftime, but a brilliant second-half display from goalie through to the forward line ensured Seaforth earned the points.

Brookvale began brightly and applied the early pressure and that was rewarded with an optimistic long ball that slipped through the goalie's hands. But we were all tied up only minutes later when Seaforth capitalized on a fast break: Claudia's shot was parried away by a desperate keeper, but Brooke was on hand to seal the deal from close range.

The visitors came right back, scoring a lovely goal on 20 minutes that gave our goalie no chance at all, and then it was 3-1 on the stroke of halftime when a ball wasn't cleared in a goalmouth scramble.

It was a different Seaforth side that emerged for the second half. With the breeze at their backs, our ladies began twisting the screws but it took 20 minutes to break down a resolute Brookie defence. Olivia seized on a loose clearance to launch a lovely measured shot over the keeper's head to make it 3-2, and Claudia was on hand to even things up a short time later when she buried a corker cross. In the dying minutes, with both sides searching for the winner, Amber stole in to finish in fine style from close range. 4-3 the final score, but we were lucky to have Georgia in goal because she produced two of the finest reflex saves we're likely to see at this level. Brookvale went home ruing the missed opportunities, denied by a resolute goalie. Lovely stuff, team, and well done the coach!

- Report by: Murray Olds

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Weekend 31st March / 1st April 2012

Saturday March 31st 2012
Seaforth Wolves 7 Pittwater RSL Lions 0
At Seaforth Oval

A perfect sunny morning at Seaforth Oval greeted the U9 Wolves first game of the season. The boys took to the field with 9 players and no subs. It was the latest sunrise of the year with dawn breaking at 7am. Being the last day of daylight saving and plenty of dew on the ground, the 8.30am kickoff tested both teams early with a slippery ball.

The first half began with a Wolves attacking frenzy. Harry Aquilina scored a superb goal within one minute after sustained pressure at the Lions goal area. The Lions goalkeeper made several brilliant saves before Daniel Price broke through and scored a pinpoint goal on the 5 minute mark.

The Seaforth midfield showed some of their special skills and dominated the first stanza, with Corey Hollman, Luka Smyth and Daniel Price all working hard, winning possession, delivering crosses and through balls on a regular basis. As always, Corey was involved in everything and Luka’s strong right foot crosses kept the Pittwater team on the backfoot. Harry scored another sensational goal on 13 minutes.

The Wolves defensive line of Sam McCauley, George Murphy and Ben Parry were rarely tested but maintained their structure and when the ball came their way, they were all solid in defense and sparked several attacking raids down the sidelines. As always, George’s position sense and solid tackling stopped every Pittwater attacking raid before it started. Ben made several long sweeping left sided attacks.

In fact the Wolves goalkeeper Nicky Church, did not touch the ball in the first half. On the 15 minute mark , after an excellent through ball from one of his midfielders, Fergus Faulder cut through and calmly slotted one to the left of the goalie. The boys went into the half time break up 4-0 and looking very clinical and in complete control of the game.

To their credit, the Lions came back stronger in the second half with more spirited defence but the Wolves kept up their relentless attack with slick footwork and lightning fast passing. Luka Smyth who was in defence, took the ball from his quarter of the field and almost scored a length of the field goal to be thwarted by another excellent save from the Lions goalkeeper. Nicky Church and Sam McCauley tackled strongly and shored up a backline which never looked liked being breached.

5 minutes into the second half, Harry Aquilina capitalized with another goal, again setup by the determination of the backs and midfield to put the ball in a scoring position.

Luka’s strong corners finally paid off 7 minutes later, deflecting one off a near post defender to register goal number 6.

With 4 minutes left on the clock, Fergus delivered the ball to Harry’s feet just in front of an open goal and Harry capped off a great game with his 4th goal. The final scoreline was 7-0. The Wolves 2nd half goalkeeper Ben Parry, only touched the ball twice in the second half with one goal kick and one simple regather.  

A great start to the season with all boys contributing and putting in a great effort.

- Report by: Peter Murphy, Wolves U9 Manager

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Sunday 1st April
At Seaforth Oval

A sparkling day for the start of football season was matched only by the quality of the football. The Seaforth ladies escaped with a draw thanks to a late goal, but were unlucky not to win this opening encounter very convincingly. The visitor's goalie had an outstanding game, and denied Seaforth many times during an absorbing encounter.

Seaforth was quick out of the blocks, applying early pressure right across the park, but a regular supply of good ball couldn't be converted into an early goal. And it was Wakehurst which opened the scoring against the run of play, a well-taken strike after a quick break giving our goalie no chance from 2 metres.

The second half was a carbon copy of the first: all the pressure was coming from Seaforth, but Wakehurst continued to threaten with a fast counter-attack. The clock was ticking down as Seaforth made one final raid, and finally it was Olivia who scored the equalizer with 90 seconds left. She was strong on the ball, repelling a determined Wakehurst fullback before slotting home from close range.

All in all, a thrilling start to the season. Plenty of promise on display, and a special welcome to our new coach, Tim.

- Report by: Murray Olds

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