City left to rue costly errors
The junior soccer season kicked off on Saturday with games between Busselton City and MacKillop United where young players carried on from recent Festival of Football coaching clinics, focusing on slide tackling and ball control.
However, in the seniors, a combination of poor decision-making and individual errors proved costly for CMI Busselton City in their 3-2 loss to Dynamos on Sunday.
After a bright start which culminated in a Martin Ryan penalty, Busselton committed the cardinal sin of waiting for the referee’s whistle, and Dynamos were able to equalise.
In the first part of the second spell, Dynamos took control with two quick goals before Ryan reduced the deficit late in the game.
At times Busselton posed problems for last year’s premiers, with strikers Ryan and Ash Pemberton particularly dangerous.
Busselton City reserves would have been a little disappointed despite keeping their unbeaten record intact with a 2-1 win over Dynamos. The young Sam Kellett-coached side were possibly guilty of over-finessing, despite leading throughout the game with goals from Luke Tompsett and Miles Palmer-Williams. Promising midfielders Patrick Tarrant and Scott Miller were impressive.
Goalkeeper Conor Polykett showed he will be a handy acquisition with his composure and experience.
In a top-of-the-table clash, Triple M Busselton City ladies were defeated 3-1 by Hay Park United.
Finding themselves down a goal midway through the first half, the local side continued to create chances without finding the back of the net.
In the second half, wayward Busselton passing was capitalised upon and Hay Park grabbed two more goals. Busselton finally scored right on full-time through Therese Charlton after some good lead-up work by defender Tennille Pavlinovich.
The Woody Nook Masters were unable to convert possession into goals in their 1-0 loss to Bunbury United.
After conceding a first-half goal, Busselton controlled the game but had difficulty penetrating the opposition defence.
This Sunday is another home game, with the men playing Bunbury United, while the women take on Australind.
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