A highly-anticipated match between Lithgow Workies Gold and CSU First-Grade Red was played on Friday night, with Lithgow walking away as convincing victors.
A tight contest in the first half saw both teams head into the break at 0-0, with signs of attacking intent coming at both ends. However, in a shock turn of events during the second half, Lithgow managed to net 4 times in the last 20 minutes.
The result was not a very good indicator of how hotly contested the match really was. The CSU midfield dominated the match with some great linking play between former 2nd Grade Red teammates Pierrick Jacquety and Ryan Beetson.
New recruit Dylan Anlezark, faced off against his hometown side with real passion, showing some true Stag form. Jake Rosengarten also returned from an injury sustained in the CSU derby, playing out wide and centrally – a credit to his renowned versatility.
While Lithgow came into the second-half searching for goals, defensive partnership Aaron Reilly and Baden Smith failed to give them a moment of peace in the attacking third. All four goals scored by Lithgow were due largely to some incredible finishing on their behalf – including a spectacular chip from long range.
In order to score so many goals against such a strong CSU outfit, great finishing was needed, with stand-in goalkeeper Noah Dorin providing some quality saves between the sticks.
After this tough defeat, CSU Red walk away with their heads held high ahead of their match away against Mudgee this Sunday. Red, widely labelled as the underdogs of the competition, are a team to be wary of this year with some quality players who are really starting to show their ability.
CSU Red have accrued 4 points this season across five matches, but are expected to make a strong comeback. With attacking recruits Aymon Bertah, Lachlan Balcombe and Angus Granger all gaining in confidence, these results could soon be turned around.