Match Report - Seniors 18th August 2019
CMI Busselton City continued to impress local soccer followers with their intensity and resilience despite a 3-0 loss to South West Phoenix on Sunday. City were forced to make a number of changes for this match and their challenge was increased when they then lost key defender Dan Dewaal early in the first half. Phoenix’s attractive style of soccer created a number of scoring opportunities and allowed them to take a 2-0 lead into the break. The second 45 minutes Busselton stuck to their task well with Luke Wright and Pat Sheehan working hard in the final third. Phoenix also had their chances but were thwarted by the agility and footwork of Busselton keeper Jesse Gunnis. With 15 minutes remaining Phoenix midfielder Jack Steele sealed the win with a well-placed shot from 20 metres. This Sunday Busselton City take on league champions, Dynamos, in what shapes to be a classic South West Cup encounter at Hay Park.
Triple M Busselton City ladies side travelled to Australind on Sunday and were somewhat unlucky in having to share the points in 1-1 draw. City were missing some key players and were caught off guard when Australind scored almost from the kick off. But then Busselton settled and showed considerable character in dominating possession during the first half. Hannah Armstrong was solid in defence & Kayla Wright instrumental in midfield again linking well with striker Ariana Dawson. Midway through the second half Keeley Milner won the ball inside the box before passing to the unmanned Dawson who evened up the score line blasting the ball past the Australind keeper. For the remainder of the game Busselton enjoyed a territorial advantage but were unable to find the winning goal. This result consolidated City’s second place on the ladder and they now face Hay Park in an away South West Cup semi-final on Sunday.