A tale of two halves
By Charles Christopher James Helyer
Another local Derby Won
Dan Sharpe Reports:
Saturday’s game was an important one for 4th placed OPM A, taking on 2nd placed rivals PGs. As Chopper reminded the team before push back, there was more than just points on offer, with both sides having beaten Marjons earlier in the season, this was for bragging rights within the city.
Both sides started brightly, but it was OPMs that broke the deadlock after around 10mins; Chopper finding himself in some space at the top of the D was able to reverse stick hit the ball into the top right of the goal, over the diminutive PGs keeper for what turned out to be his first ever goal for OPM! He was clearly pleased with himself as he ran the length of the pitch hollering like a freight train - “WOOOOOOO!”
After that first score, OPMs comfortably controlled the remainder of the first half. The two Charlie’s (Helyer and Irish) directing the midfield and Piran, Alex and Jacob setting a strong press that caused all sorts of problems for the PGs defence, who struggled to work the ball out of their own half. The few breaks that PGs made were dealt with by defensive pairing of Steve and John. By half time, OPM had extended their lead to 4, with scores coming from Piran, CV and Stu.
The second half was a very different affair. Trying to force the game, OPMs allowed PGs to work their way back into the game. Unfortunately, play was brought to a halt after 20mins when one of the PGs players sustained a nasty injury, dislocating his shoulder diving for a ball on the ground. After a lengthy break while the injured player was dealt with, there was only enough time to play 5mins before the umpires called an early end to the match with just over 60mins played.
A very important win and 3pts for the 2XI as we approach the half way point in the season, and moving the team up to 3rd place in the league.
The team is continuing to build an effective unit that should challenge the league leaders over the remainder of the season.
MOM - Alex Dodimead
DOD - Ben Pennington