After a week or two where our youth teams perhaps didn’t really do themselves justice, it was great to see both U13s and U15s back in the winners’ circle at Pembroke Park this weekend.
Luca Paolini’s U13s saw off a stubborn Brighton Storm 3-1 to maintain their 3-point cushion over Kingborough at the top of the table, before the U15s (pictured) put in the performance of the season to down league leaders Huon Valley 3-0.
The men’s reserve team has been a little out of sorts lately and they suffered another heavy defeat at Olinda Grove, before the Southern Championship team put in a tremendous shift against title-chasing Uni.
After skipper Tony Damm’s well-taken strike reduced the deficit to 2-1 early in the second half, South East really took the game the hosts. 17-year old Nick Roland in particular caused the Uni defence all sorts of problems, with one effort somehow hitting both posts but staying out, then bringing a world-class save out of the Uni ‘keeper, before a terrific volley from outside the area did find the net, however it was unfortunately ruled out for offside.
Uni showed their title credentials to withstand the storm, and Harvey Thorn struck twice more to complete his hattrick and settle the contest once and for all.
A big thank you to the Uni coach too, who made a point of coming over to the South East technical area after the game to say some very complimentary things about the progress our young side is making this season.
On Sunday, the SEU Ladies had a tough assignment at Nelson. In windy conditions and with barely enough players to take the field, the team dug in well to restrict the hosts to just half a dozen.
With the Women’s Championship 1 poised to split into two conferences for the remainder of the season, it is likely South East will take their place in the second tier, where a battle against next week’s opponents, Southern FC, looms for the title.
Go South East!