Chameleons too good for league’s new boys
Men’s DivisionChameleons made sure there wouldn’t be a fairytale start to Spartans’ first season in the league with a win over the new boys.
Spartans 0 Chameleons 2
After a scoreless first half, Richard Cox scored from a penalty corner in the 41st minute to put Chameleons ahead and Billy Spencer doubled that lead in the 70th minute to secure the points.
In a high scoring, evenly contested game, the teams couldn’t be separated as they earned a share of the spoils.
Upstarts 3 Panthers 3
In the 24th minute, Panthers’ Tony Ward beat the last defender and finished with his signature reverse shot to beat the Upstarts ‘keeper.
But Upstarts answered six minutes later after being awarded a short corner from which Adrian Beasley found the net.
John Thompson then put Upstarts ahead just seconds before the half-time whistle. And when Ian Port took less than five minutes into the second half to net Upstarts’ third it seemed all over Panthers.
However, Dave Horan started their comeback with a goal in the 56th minute and Ward grabbed his second to put the teams level again.
Canaries earned a hard-fought win thanks to two first-half goals.
Ladies ‘A’ Division
Ravens 1 Canaries 2
They edged ahead in the 25th minute when a shot from a penalty corner by Natasha Hallinan deflected off the leg of a Ravens defender and into the net.
Hallinan then showed her short corner scoring ability again when she scored a second with her first-time shot landing inside the left post.
Ravens continued to play a fine passing game with Amori Venter and Amber Port proving to be a handy partnership as they penetrated the Canaries defence on several occasions.
And they were rewarded for their hard work when Emma Simmons scored in the 44th minute.
Ravens could have equalised in the dying seconds of the game as they were awarded a penalty corner and in spite of having ten players in the attacking third they were unable to find the net, giving Canaries their first win of the season.
Keishae Robinson and Iman Smith got the goals to give Budgies victory.
Budgies 2 Wildcats 0
After an early onslaught that saw Budgies camped out in their half for long spells, they were rewarded for their defensive work when Robinson was perfectly positioned to intercept a defensive clearance and raced forward to score.
It was left to Smith in the final minute of the game to seal the win after she took advantage of a defensive error.
Bluebirds 3 Wildcats 1Bluebirds applied the early pressure on the Wildcats defence and were eventually rewarded when Andrea Cann latched onto a cross from Sarah Smith in the 50th minute to give them the lead.
Wildcats came back fighting but Joanne Smith-Barrow doubled Bluebirds’ lead when she took full advantage of a cross from Cann and fired home in the 59th minute.
Laura Bardgett then made it three when she deflected a cross from Cann past the Wildcats goalkeeper in the 61st minute.
Wildcats managed to pull a goal back when Suzanne Moniz scored in the final five minutes.
Cardinals 0 Longtail/Canaries 0Longtails Canaries had a goal disallowed in a tight game which saw neither team able to find the net.
Goals in both halves gave Budgies the victory.
Women’s ‘B’ Division
Budgies 2 Swallows 0
Jaselle Smith scored the first in the 20th minute and snatched a second in the 43rd minute after Iman Smith’s shot was deflected into the net.
Amber Port scored a brace to spearhead Ravens’ victory.
Ravens 3 Canaries 1
Kristen Inglemann slipped the ball past the Canaries ‘keeper in the 35th minute to put Ravens ahead.
And that was doubled when Port netted less than two minutes into the second half.
Canaries answered 20 minutes later when Lauren Faris hammered the ball past the ‘keeper but the match was ended as a contest when Port was able to convert from the last short corner of the day