Debutant's day out
A BRILLIANT performance from Sean Anderson on debut helped Southside United record a 1-1 draw with competition big guns Wanderers on Saturday night.
In his first A1 men's match, 13-year-old Anderson scored a great individual goal early in the second half to give Southside a 1-0 lead, before Wanderers' Trent Willis scored the equaliser shortly after.
Anderson dragged the ball around experienced Wanderers' goalkeeper Danny White and then slotted the ball into the top of the net above another defender from the top of the circle, much to the delight of player/coach Nathaniel Drury.
“It was great to see our boys put in a gutsy effort against a strong Wanderers line-up, especially since we had a couple of late withdrawals from the team because of sickness and other commitments,” Drury said.
“This gave young Sean and another young player, Douglas Buckley, the opportunity to have a good run in A-grade.
“I felt we dominated the first half but were unable to score. The second half was a more even affair, with both teams having opportunities to score.”
Drury, who had his reservations about starting the St Brendan's College student in the top grade, said Anderson didn't look out of place.
“I was a bit worried about him, especially against Wanderers,” Drury said. “But he was confident. He's only a little bloke, but everything I asked of him on the weekend, he did.”
Wanderers coach Aaron Harmsworth said the draw was a timely reminder for his players, but didn't discount Southside's effort.
“You need a game like that every year,” Harmsworth said.
“It makes everyone wake up and realise we can be beaten.”
Harmsworth said Southside was boosted by the inclusion of fullback Ashley Hennigan, whose work at the back gave the Southside players noticeable confidence.
“They played well. They had Ash Hennigan in the side and he helped keep them organised at the back,” Harmsworth said.
“He's a good player. He has a very good hit and a very good overhead.”
In the A1 women's action, Park Avenue Brothers kept their winning run going with a 2-0 win over Sparks on Saturday afternoon.
Without captain Christine Wood, the Brothers women all stood up, fullback Breeanna Munro said.
“Everyone just played really well. Everyone put in when they had to,” she said.
Alycee Heyes-Dineen and Alicija Munro both scored goals in the win, which takes the team into the Easter break unbeaten.
A full-strength Wanderers A1 women's outfit displayed its class at the weekend, winning 4-0 over Rockhampton Souths.
Emma Lewis scored a double, while sister Megan also found the back of the net.
Harmsworth now turns his focus towards leading Rockhampton in the Hockey Queensland Premier League men's competition in Brisbane, which begins on April 29.
Rockhampton's 2011 campaign began on Sunday afternoon with a trial match against Mackay.
Park Avenue Brothers midfielder Shaun Price scored both of Rockhampton's goals in its 4-2 loss to the home team, before adding another in the team's 3-3 draw shortly after.
Despite the results, Harmsworth said he was pleased with the performance and was happy with the team's preparation ahead of next weekend's state-wide competition.
“Everyone seems pretty keen to play this year. I wasn't too worried about the scores,” he said.
PA Brothers 2 def Sparks 0
Wanderers 4 def Rton Souths 0
Meteors 2 def Gstone Souths 1
PA Brothers 4 def Sparks 1
Wanderers 1 drew with Rton Souths 1
Meteors 9 def Gstone Souths 0