City sizzle in season-opener

Busselton Dunsborough Times
Busselton City’s Hannah Armstrong played a key role in defence.
Camera IconBusselton City’s Hannah Armstrong played a key role in defence. Credit: Busselton-Dunsborough Times

Busselton City started their season in convincing style when they hosted Hay Park United at Churchill Park on Sunday.

The CMI men’s premier league team were always in control, recording a 3-0 win.

They scored after just seven minutes through a Danny Keogh far-post header that flashed past opposition keeper Gareth Johnson.

With central midfielders Danny Kane and Brett Colombera dictating the tempo of the game, the locals came close to scoring, with three scoring opportunities hitting the woodwork.

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After half-time, Busselton City strengthened their grip through a Martin Ryan spot kick after he was bundled over in the penalty area.

Further scoring opportunities fell to Ian Feakes, newcomer Chadley Edwards, Keogh and Ryan, before the latter notched his second from close range.

The Triple M ladies upset last season’s premiers with a hard-fought 2-1 win. Busselton scored first when an overhead shot from striker Dot Okumu found the back of the net after 14 minutes.

Hay Park then kept possession of the ball for lengthy periods and it was only some resolute defending by Hannah and Sherrine Armstrong that kept the local side in the game.

Hay Park evened the scores early in the second half before some clever passing by midfielder Talisa Russell allowed the dangerous Okumu to outpace the opposition and notch the deciding goal.

The youthful men’s reserve side fought their way back from an early two-goal deficit before losing 5-2 to a more experienced Hay Park outfit.

Down 2-0, midfielder Tommy Eddy scored to narrow the scoreline, only for Busselton to concede a third goal shortly afterwards.

With half-time approaching, club stalwart Tristen Carroll produced a clever free kick to get his side back in the reckoning.

Hay Park scored two more goals late in the game despite some confident work by stand-in goalkeeper, Jasper Grono.

The Woody Nook Masters side struggled in their 5-0 loss to Blackwood.

A horror first half was too much of a hurdle to overcome, although a scoreless second half would have given some comfort to coach Bill Parsons and his team.

This Sunday, Busselton City host Margaret River in what promises to be a very competitive local derby.

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