The South East United U13s provided our only weekend joy this week, as they maintained their 100% record with a 4-1 win at a battling Taroona.
Otherwise, it was a case of bad luck, wasted opportunities and a predictably tough work out for our Southern Championships teams.
The weekend began with the SEU Ladies being frustrated by a dogged Taroona on Friday night, despite around 30 attempts at goal. A combination of wasteful finishing and superb defending kept the hosts at bay, while a scrambling late save from United goalkeeper Abbie Griggs prevented the visitors from snatching a late victory.
On Saturday morning, while the U13s were maintaining their position on top of the ladder, the U15s were relinquishing theirs.
South Hobart Red proved surprisingly good value for their first victory of the season, their guest debutants helping to inflict the first loss on their hosts by the odd goal in nine.
For United, a sick and injured Sam Sartori still managed to notch an impressive double, which was matched by the in-form Dane Sutcliffe.
Meanwhile, Huon Valley's victory at Clarence means that our U15s slip to third on the ladder.
The seniors knew the odds were stacked against them when they faced the rampant league leaders, Hobart United at Gunn Oval, with a squad depleted by injury and illness so that no fewer than 15 players were unavailable.
A wonderful Craig Matthews free kick allowed Riley Allchin to score his first goal for the club, as the reserves went into the break only one goal down, before the home side put their foot on the pedal in the second stanza, eventually running out 7-1 winners.
The South East seniors were shorn of a host of regulars, so that no fewer than SEVEN teenagers lined up against the full-strength and in-from league leaders.
An unfortunate own goal after just thirty seconds set the tone for the day, as a clinical Hobart United cemented their position as title favourites, while the South East youngsters continued to battle gamely and eek out chances in attack, while being put to the sword at the other end.