Busselton City win 5 from 5
By Steve Gibson
Photos by Sharon Cowley
It was celebrations in the Busselton City clubrooms last Sunday evening after the club’s five teams all scored convincing victories against Australind.
The Sportspower Premier & Reserves Ladies teams remain unbeaten after recording 6-0 & 4-0 wins, respectively. In the Premier League game Australind proved to be a hard opponent to break down but Busselton’s ability to find time and space on the ball led to a hat-trick from Ariana Dawson and goals to Siobhan Longmore, Claudia Duane and Asha McClurg.
The Reserves match was a tougher encounter with much of the credit for the win going to some formidable defending by Molly Hawkins and Claire Marchand-Jones. First half goal scorers included Chelsea Braam, Therese Charlton and Danielle Paull before the latter grabbed her second just before full-time. Teenage midfielder Jess Gordon worked tirelessly throughout the 90 minutes in a most impressive performance.
CMI Busselton City had to endure a frustrating first 45 minutes before coming away with a comfortable 4-0 victory. The feature of a scoreless first half was some rather disappointing finishing by the local side. But Busselton finally opened the score after an hour when defender Jack Garnham nodded home from close range. Central midfielders Craig Barker and Rich Amey dominated proceedings and their efforts were rewarded with goals in the second spell.
A goal by the experienced Rob Seia was enough to take all three points in the men’s reserves fixture. Busselton held possession for long periods of the game with the experienced trio of Alan Dowling, Ian Feakes and Cam Best showing some nice touches. Australind’s reliance on the counterattack was effectively nullified by the centre back pairing of Lachie MacLeod and Cam Goldsmith.
For the second successive week the Woody Nook Division 2 side found the back of the net seven times. Busselton quickly went to a two-goal lead through Martin Ryan and the promising Harry Moon. Australind reduced the arrears through a penalty before further goals to Ryan (3), Moon and Sam Njenja ensured a comprehensive 7-1 win. Phil Redding, Patrice Doxford and Romaine Trouvé all impressed with some uncompromising defensive work.