CSUFC’s 4th grade men’s team have opened their account for the year, picking up the full three points in a 3-1 victory over the Lithgow City Rangers at Rangers Park.
Following a subpar season that saw the side dropped to 5th grade, the side appears to have bounced back with a stirring win in the first round.
A host of new faces made their debut for the Stags on Sunday morning, showing flashes of brilliance at times – while the side’s stalwarts also put in a solid display.
Captain Josh Loiterton was strong in the middle, while debutants Kaelan Fardell and Tom Neely proved their worth up front.
The match began with a large chunk of end-to-end play, as both teams’ defensive lines proved too strong for opposition strikers. The Stags wouldn’t capitilise on their oppurtunities until midway through the first half, with Kaelan Fardell scoring on debut following a superb pass from skipper Loiterton.
It would be a matter of minutes before CSUFC doubled their tally, with coach Nick Gammage setting up a superb goal for another debutant in the form of Tom Neely.
The team would head to the sheds at halftime with a 2-0 advantage, with Rangers recovering from their defensive lapses to snuff out the remaining chances for the Reds.
The second half would prove to be an arm wrestle, with defender Michael Burns and goalkeeper Declan Gilkes coming up with some brilliant stops and saves respectively to deny the home team.
Peter Lulham would become the third debutant to score, late in the second half, finishing off a scrappy goal that saw several defenders slip in the lead up.
Unfortunately for the Stags, they fell asleep late in the half, conceding a goal in the last few minutes of the match as a Lithgow midfielder cut through the defence to bang in a consolation goal.
The Reds will now look to their derby match against the mixed 4th Grade White team, kicking off at Proctor Park at 8pm this Thursday, March 30.
CSUFC 4th Grade Red 3 (Fardell, Neely, Piccini) def. Lithgow City Rangers 1