The reserves opened the weekend home at Kevin Bartlett Reserve against Monash University, looking to avenge the end of their unbeaten streak. Goalie Christoph Achsenick returned to the side after a few weeks on holiday.
Monash could count themselves lucky in the first goal, but as the second half wore on, they added tow more to their tally, putting the game squarely out of reach. However, a new streak was started as Tommy Kent scored his second for the side in as many games (and almost as many years), so we are now focused on seeing if he can make it three for three next week!
The seniors took the field with a depleted back line from a combination of yellow card accumulation, ski holidays, and interstate trips. It was to the point that Coach Richie Bates almost had to step in to help anchor the back line! We entered the shed at half time with a one-all scoreline, our goal courtesy of birthday boy Craig Tweedy after Monash latched on first.
While it would have been easy to fall back and fall down with several key players missing, CCFC showed the quality of the side by stepping up in the second half and taking the pressure to Monash. Goals from Jake Buckley, Dan Quinn and Chris Duncan's first for the seniors powered the Citizens past Monash, getting three points to keep us close to the top spot.
The 3rds side also returned to their home ground, Burnley Oval, which has been dubbed the Mud Bowl. Warm up consisted of scouring the pitch for dog remains and pot holes to fill in with dirt to prevent injury in the match against St. Kevin Old Boys.
The sunshine invigorated the side as they took an early lead from a well placed cross by Mike O'Brien. Luke Pettican got on the end of the cross and nodded it into the near post, despite the gaping goal mouth behind him. Richie Bates continued his run of quality assists, as he made a long ball pass from the mid-line which went all the way into the box for a waiting Marco Taglioretti to poke in for our second of the half.
The second half got out to a bruising start as it was a solid ten minutes before SKOB saw the ball played into our half. The Citizens nearly got a third through an own goal, but their goalie was able to parry it to safety. Bates showed that he did indeed have a left foot as he took two shots in succession, one on each foot, both drilling a hapless SKOB defender.
Drew Dickson poached our third, standing off their last man and chipping his shot into the top corner after Pettican made the driving run from the half way line. Captain for the day, Rodney Wilson made it four after the goalie bobbled a cross in from Reserves coach Ross Evans, and Wilson was able to flick a side footed shot with his back to the goal in a play that looked like something you would see from a futsal 5-a-side match. Goalie Rich Garnett was not troubled for the 90 minutes and this marked the 3rds first clean sheet of the competition, with three more matches to play in the regular season.