High-flying University broke South East hearts with a stoppage-time winner in the Veto Men’s Southern Championships at Pembroke Park on Saturday.
With five minutes of the match remaining South East still led 3-2, skipper Tony Damm’s superb 25-yard lofted drive on 70 minutes having restored the home side’s advantage after Uni had clawed themselves back from two goals down.
But Jake Undy’s UTAS Soccer Club have developed a habit of finding ways to win these types of games this season, and they did so once again to keep their league title challenge alive, courtesy of two late goals from Patrick Watts.
South East were keen to mark the popular Nicholas Stolp’s 100th game in style, with the veteran defender named on the bench for the senior side for the first time in recognition of the importance of his role at the club.
And the hosts flew out of the blocks, 17-year-old duo Blaise Booth and Patrick Quinlan both finishing clinically to open up a two-goal lead inside the first quarter of an hour. Unfortunately, they just could not see off the challenge of their determined opposition to record what would have surely ranked as the biggest upset of the season.
It was also the third match in recent weeks that Glen Roland’s young team have held winning positions against notable teams in this division, and serves as yet another reminder of the progress being made at Pembroke Park. It is surely only a matter of time before the league table starts to reflect this.
Earlier in the day, Luca Paolini's Under 13s continued their own title challenge with a strong 5-0 win against Taroona (goals from Ben, Jack, Brigitte and a brace from Alex), while Sam’s 18th goal of the season claimed a point for a bare bones Under 15s team at Cygnet.
The men’s reserve team’s difficult time of late continued with a heavy defeat in the Southern Championship 1 against a very strong Uni, while the SEU Ladies went down at Taroona on Sunday by the odd goal in three, despite Jo-anne Roland's 19th of the season.