Daylesford’s newest team played the more experienced and older Buninyong Black. Buninyong dominated play and scored early and the young Saints went into half-time a few goals down.
The juniors lifted in the second half attacking more and taking shots at goal while not finding the back of the net. Top points to the Saints for team effort as the players continued to fight and put pressure on Buninyong until the final whistle.
Final score: Buninyong 8 – DHUSC 0
The U13s travelled to Bacchus Marsh in hope of a very competitive and close game. This was not to be, numbers were way down on this long weekend Sunday leaving the team exposed in defense and attack. Going into half-time the Saints were down 4-0.
Alice had a strong debut to soccer, playing her first-ever game, Nathaniel did the work of three players with his speed and tenacity at the ball. Liam stepped in to being goalie, a first for him, he was brilliant in goal saving at least 5 more goals. Sachin was strong and consistent in defense.
All other team members fought to the end, did themselves proud, and threw everything they had at the opposition, but today it was just not enough as the Saints remained score-less.
Final score: Bacchus Marsh 8 – DHUSC 0
The Saints under 15s have been challenged for numbers this year but a lifeline was thrown by Sebastopol Vikings and they played their first game of the season as a newly minted merged team.
The awkwardly titled Sebastopol/Daylesford team had to get to know each other very quickly in a game against a team tipped to be in the top two at the end of season. Playing in an unfamiliar blue outfit, they started out well with Ceilidh getting possession early and Govinda active and confident up front in his new position as captain. Santino swapped his strikers jersey for the goalkeeper’s and performed well in the unfamiliar role making an early save from an eager Vic Park attack. In a game of experiments everyone was trying new positions, Lola started well in defense and was moved into midfield
Half way through the first half Vic Park started to warm up and Sebastopol/Daylesford were lucky when Marlon deflected a free kick and was cleared up field by Taryn. Just before halftime a surprise long ball goal took Vic Park to 3-0. After the break Vic Park came alive and scored repeatedly against the new team, who never gave up till the final whistle. Sebastopol/Daylesford clearly have work to do but they showed they have the commitment to make this new “combo” unit work in the future.
Thanks to Sebastopol for generously offering to merge.
Final score: Vic Park 12-Sebastopol/DHUSC 0
The seniors had another tough game against last year’s premiers. Losing again in the last few minutes – similar to last week which was tragic. Ballarat Gold were great however and thoroughly deserved the win.
Daylesford had a lot of the ball in the first 25 minutes, but were eventually over-ran by a rampant Ballarat who scored the first goal after 35 minutes. Daylesford were strengthened by the return of classy midfielder Hiroshi Masuda, who scored just before half time to level the score at 1-1.
The second half was mostly Ballarat’s as Daylesford failed to hold possession and reverted to long balls and hopeful clearances. The defense did a great job, with Jeff Brownscombe, Francis Comber and Tim Leney having solid games., Ballarat’s pace caused problems everywhere though and eventually they scored again albeit with a lucky goal over the top after some confusion between the Daylesford keeper and defenders.
Clear cut chances were hard to come by and Daylesford couldn’t hold the ball to create chances with the wingers tiring in the heat. Fitness and youth were the obvious differences between the team as well as Ballarat’s patience and possession in the final third.
Final score: Ballarat Gold 2-DHUSC 1
Best: Hiroshi Masuda, Dragi Koleski, Francis Comber, Abdel Bennani, Jeff Brownscombe