Wednesday 18 April saw the first ever CSUFC First-Grade derby being played out at Proctor Park.
This highly anticipated match was a delight to fans and players alike, with some amazing football lighting up Bathurst football’s showpiece venue.
Following a hard fought 90 minutes, CSU White emerged victorious 1-0.
Rhys Manners was at the helm of CSU Red, who headed into the match as clear underdogs on the back of their opponents’ premiership victory last season. However, their performance shook this tag. Not only did Red play extremely well against a strong outfit, but the entire team took their unfavoured result as a learning curve for the remainder of the season.
Calum Williams and Mitch Kunnen led their prolific CSU White side to victory – with midfielder Felix Croshaw notching the decisive winner midway through the second half of the match. White played at an incredible intensity on their way to bossing proceedings in the derby match, utilising their possession-based style in order to do so.
Most of the match was determined in the midfield, where fans were shown an ongoing battle for the ball. Jimmy Shaw’s lightning pace up front for White saw him creating chances from nothing, while John Henry’s strong enforcing saw a number of Red players battered and bruised. This strong contest with some big personalities drew a large crowd to watch this CSUFC spectacle.
Unfortunately, the match did see two major injuries, both players from CSU Red. Goalkeeper Oliver Parry was taken from the field with a suspected dislocated shoulder, while Jake Rosengarten was escorted off the park care of a tussle with White midfielder Callum Weafer. We wish both players a speedy recovery.
With a large amount of excitement building among players and fans for the next time these two teams meet, it is a footballing match that should not be missed.
Up the Stags!