United build mo­men­tum af­ter slug­gish start

South Western Times - - Sport - Ge­orge Good­win

THE South West Soc­cer As­so­ci­a­tion cham­pi­ons Bun­bury United are on the climb af­ter they de­feated Hay Park 1-0 on Sun­day.

The vic­tory means they have three wins from their past four matches.

Miss­ing sev­eral key play­ers, Bun­bury United strug­gled for the first month of the sea­son to lan­guish near the foot of the points table be­fore claw­ing their way back into con­tention.

Still miss­ing for­mer coach and star striker Aaron Brit­tain, pacy Seb Bell, Matthew Bika and a num­ber of other stars, coach Mark Os­mond and his fel­low se­lec­tors in­tro­duced a plethora of lo­cal tal­ent who have served the Reds well, in­clud­ing three 15-year-olds and a 16-year-old.

Jaxon Barr, Ethan Fisher and James Vance caught the eye on Sun­day against a Hay Park team bol­stered by the re­turn of Rory Bin­nie, fresh from play­ing for his uni­ver­sity in Perth, and Kieran Ka­vanagh, back from his trav­els.

Bin­nie and Ka­vanagh were two of Hay Park’s best against man-of-the-match Ryan Ris­don and Adam Spinelli.

The soli­tary goal that de­cided the is­sue came in the sec­ond minute when a long ball out of de­fence from Spinelli caught Hay Park nap­ping, with young­ster Dean Whit­tome scor­ing.

Right back Ris­don em­u­lated his brother, Soc­ceroo Josh, in de­fence along­side Spinelli and goal­keeper Blaze Rosin­ski.

The trio turned back wave af­ter wave of Hay Park at­tacks spear­headed by Ka­vanagh and Bin­nie.

The teams turned round at half-time on 1-0 with the Black and Whites fight­ing hard for the en­tire 45 min­utes, un­lucky to miss a swag of shots at goals in­clud­ing a Ka­vanagh shot that hit the cross­bar while at the other end, histri­on­ics were sparse ex­cept for two golden chances which were missed from al­most point blank range.

Pic­ture: Jon Gell­weiler

Jess White­head was ou­s­tand­ing for the Hawks in their loss to the Lions.

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