After two successive draws Surrey United Firefighters returned to winning ways defeating Croatia 2-1 at Cloverdale Athletic Park on Saturday but did it the hard way finishing the last 28 minutes of the game with ten men. The Firefighters got off to a flying start and at the three minute left back Robbie Wilson intercepted a ball on the half way line and his precise pass found Andrew Proctor at the left edge of the box. Proctor took two strides and then hammered a powerful right foot shot into the top right corner of the net. However, Surrey’s lead lasted only six minutes before Croatia leveled the scores when they capitalized on a Surrey turnover by quickly countering to create an outnumbered situation and work an opportunity for Johnny Sulentic????? who scored with a low shot from fifteen yards. The Firefighters regained the lead in the 37th minute when great work by Rizal Ganief saw him thread a pass into the path of Lucas Barrett who raced past the Croatian back line and slotted the ball low past the outstretched fingertips of Didar Sandhu and into the corner of the net. Surrey had a great chance to increase their lead in the 60th minute when Angus Burke was sent clear on a breakaway but this time Sandhu saved the day for Croatia with a brilliant diving save at the feet of Burke. Two minutes later Surrey had Barrett sent off as he received his
second yellow card of the game. The outnumbered Firefighters were now being pushed back onto their heels by Croatia who in a one minute spell at the 75th minute mark were denied by two great saves by United goalkeeper Paul Shepherd and also a goal-line clearance by Jeff Clarke all in the same passage of play. In the late stages of the game Croatia squandered a golden opportunity firing over the cross-bar when it seemed easier to score and conceding a series of corners in stoppage time they were able to defend successfully to secure all three points.
Mens Div A CAT
The Mens division one team came up on the wrong end of a 2-1 score-line losing away to Norvan Saints on Sunday evening and doing so the Norvan team avenged an earlier season loss to United. The game was an evenly contested affair and most of the action took place in the midfield with scoring chances at a premium. The only scoring came late in the game when Norvan grabbed two goals in a two minute spell in the 82nd and 84th minute before United replied with a goal from Rodrigo Casio in the 86th minute with Chris Roots providing the assist.
Mens Div B CAT
No scheduled game
urrey United Masters hosted Wickham FC Sunday morning at Cloverdale Athletic Park and the home side was the early aggressors and controlled the flow of play. After continued pressure through the first 10 minutes they were rewarded with a penalty shot when Dave Harkison was taken down in the box before getting a shot off. Unfortunately Murray Howes was not able to capitalize for Surrey as his shot went just wide of the Wickham net. United were then punished for that miss when at the fifteen minute mark, against the flow of play, Wickham were awarded a free kick just outside the Surrey 18 yard box. Rick Gill made a nice save off the initial shot but the Wickham striker reacted the quickest and tapped in the rebound to put the visitors up 1 - 0. Surrey enjoyed a lot of possession for the remainder of the half but squandered chance after chance until the 35 minute mark when Dave Harkinson buried a header off a left flank cross by John VanDyck. The second half was similar to the first with Surrey carrying the play but unable to finish their chances. However midway through the frame United finally got the go ahead goal they were looking for when Brent Roberts finished a low cross from Lee Sullivan. Wickham applied some late counter attack pressure but Surrey comfortably held on for the 2-1 victory.
No scheduled game
Womens Division One
On Sundays outing against Poco Gunners the United Division One ladies put it all together combining strong fitness, good communication, and excellent offensive and defensive play to beat the visitors 6-0 at Cloverdale Athletic Park. United’s dominance was evident right from the opening kick-off and just 8 minutes into the match they opened the scoring. Jessica Harkisson took a corner-kick and Rosie Grypma who laid a soft touch pass back into the feet of a charging Jessica Harkison, who hammered a high rising shot into the top of the net. The second goal of the first half came at about the 20 minute mark and resulted from a strong three way passing play that was started by defender Jaide Helgason when her precisely measured pass sent striker Tina Southerby racing clear before laying off a pass to teammate Sam Pither who made no mistake striking the ball into the bottom left corner of the goal. United continued to dominate play in the first half but were prevented from adding to their tally by a series of fine saves from the POCO net minder. The second half continued in much the same vein and United recorded their third goal of the match just 12 minutes into the second half. This resulted from a nice square touch pass into the 18 yard box by midfielder Claire McKinnon to Southerby, who first drew the keeper off her line and then made a great turn at the top of the box to lash the ball into the top right corner of the wide open net. Surrey’s fourth goal came 10 minutes later when midfielder Amrita Sandhu took advantage of a poor clearance by intercepting the ball just outside the penalty area around and crashed home a low hard shot. Pither notched her second goal of the game powerfully heading home a great left wing cross from substitute Kara Santerre.with a few minutes of the game remaining United scored the final goal of the match which resulted from Alex Reiter stripping the ball from a Poco player and delivering a great lead pass into the feet of a charging teammate Lexi Ingulden, who raced through and hammered a hard rising shot over the outstretched hands of the keeper into the net. Special mention goes out to United’s defensive core (Sarah Davies, Jaide Helgason & Jessica Harkison ) for once helping to preserve the clean sheet for keeper Brittany Galeslook.
Player of the Week
This week’s Player of the Week goes to Sam Pither of the Womens Division one team. Her two goals and tireless work enabled her team to record their biggest win of the season.