Off to a flyer

Steve GibsonBusselton Dunsborough Times
Busselton City's Justin McLurg breaks free from Bunbury United's Kurt Lilley in an attacking strike.
Camera IconBusselton City's Justin McLurg breaks free from Bunbury United's Kurt Lilley in an attacking strike. Credit: Vicky Dawson/Strive South West

The South West Soccer Association resumed last Sunday with Busselton City starting their 2020 season with an emphatic victory at Churchill Park.

The league men have had a long and productive off-season with the team looking in control for much of the afternoon on their way to a 3-1 defeat of traditional rivals Bunbury United.

The local side scored after just eight minutes when striker Ian Feakes expertly avoided the United defence and calmly slotted City’s first goal of the season.

Not to be outdone early United replied when some crisp short passing and efficient offensive play allowed Brendan Mulcahy to equalise.

In the second half, Busselton were guilty of squandering numerous scoring opportunities before boom recruit, English midfielder Craig Barker, capped off an impressive debut with a well-placed strike from 20 metres out.

Promising winger John Nguyen finished the strong win with a half-volleyed goal after cleverly deceiving the United keeper.

Three goals in the first 15 minutes provided the platform for a strong Busselton Reserve side to record a 5-1 win over United.

The aerial prowess of Pat Sheehan and some imposing work in midfield by Jaxon Rynvis and recent signing Jack Garnham, proved problematic to United throughout the 90 minutes.

Sheehan’s diligence was rewarded with a hat trick while Garnham notched a brace in a composed performance.

Sportspower Busselton City Women premier team continued to assert their dominance with a 10-0 win over an inexperienced Dynamos outfit.

After an evenly contested initial period Busselton then started to stretch the opposition back four and goal scoring opportunities subsequently followed.

Scorers included Siobhan Longmore (3), Asha McClurg (2), Keely Milner (2) with singles to Therese Charlton, Claudia Duane and Ariana Dawson.

Three superbly finished goals to youngster Harrison Moon was the feature of Busselton’s Division 2 win against neighbours Geographe Bay. Busselton would be happy not only with the 5-1 score line but also with the wholehearted efforts of Sam Njenga, Conor Poleykett and Rocky Turner.

This weekend Busselton City travel to Margaret River and Collie for their second round fixtures. The league side will be looking to consolidate its opening round dominance with another strong display against an underrated Margaret River outfit.

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