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Men’s Championship: Round 1

Published: 31/03/2015 3:20:00 PM

Coogee United V Pagewood Botany

Reserve Grade: 3-0 (Coogee: Jeff Sykes x2, Davey Muir)

Coogee United

Coogee Reserve grade had a good start to their season, with a solid 3-0 win over Pagewood.

Pagewood were a much improved side from last year, and battled well throughout the game. However, Coogee's slick passing game eventually meant the difference.

Two good goals from new signing Jeff Sykes and a cracking free kick from the ever modest Davey Muir ensured the 3 points went Coogee’s way. What was more remarkable was that Davey remained yellow card free all day.

Credit should go to the ref who had a very good game and showed common sense throughout the day.                                                                                                                                                                     
Written by: James Whiteford

First Grade:  3-0 (Coogee: Danny Rayson x2, Oran Weldrick)

Coogee United

Our First Grade side followed suit on Saturday afternoon with a very solid 3-0 victory to kick off their campaign.

A great team performance ensured no time on the ball for a battling Pagewood side.

The back 4 were immense and ensured most of the game was spent in the opposition half, by winning everything in the air and on the ground.

Two great team passing plays enabled skipper Oran Rayson, and then Danny Weldrick to tuck away simple finishes. A dazzling run and 25 yard curler from Danny sealed the victory in appropriate fashion.

Credit to the Pagewood keeper who made several phenomenal saves, including stopping a penalty from Coogee’s veteran skipper.                                                                                                                                                         

Written by: James Whiteford


Pagewood Botany

The first games of the season for the First & Reserves Grade did not get off to a good start, both our teams were short of players for various reasons & we had to recruit four over 35’s for the Reserves, with one starting.

Both games were similar, with identical outcomes, Coogee United scored 3 to our nil in both games. Reserves started well but were up against a side that knew each other well, it was difficult, and once they got ahead we did not respond as we would have liked. Similar for First grade, we went behind and did not respond in the manner we should have.

Coogee’s direct style saw them through, although we certainly did not deserve to lose by 3 -0 but we didn’t have much luck and the game just got away from us on the day.

Written by: I. Nisbet


UNSW V Dunbar Rovers FC

Reserve Grade: 1-3

First Grade:  0-7


Glebe Wanderers V Waverley Old Boys

Reserve Grade: 1-0

First Grade:  0-0


Phoenix FC V Lokomotiv Cove

Reserve Grade: 2-0

First Grade:  2-1 (Phoenix: Jake Hanney, Ivan Delaney)

Phoenix FC

After last season’s discontent backlash from the terraces, and the vote of no confidence on manager Hayes from Chairman Brady, the Phoenix approached the coming season with a sense of fear and trepidation. So, after a summer of behind the scenes, club reshuffling and contractual negotiations for the new management team, the ESFA 2015 Men’s Championship was upon us.

The campaign started with a home win at the house of Paine against a resurgent Lokomotiv Cove.  The task at hand was a good marker for where Phoenix is for the season ahead.

Phoenix had the return of the prodigal yet enigmatic Jake (Hurricane) Hanney to call upon for goals, as he made a return to his beloved Phoenix after he thought the grass was greener at Dunbar, but realised it’s not too bad at the Phoenix.

Birchall saved a penalty after 2 mins, Hurricane Jake finished as only he can, on 9 mins, Lokomotiv Cove equalised, and Ivan the terrible stepped up to slot the winner with 3 mins remaining.

It was a perfect start to proceedings for Phoenix FC.

Written by: Karl Daly

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