CSU 4th Grade Mixed have etched their name into the history books, sealing the side’s first ever victory in a 5-2 romp over Lithgow City Rangers, ending a run of 13 frustrating losses.
The game began at a frenetic pace, with striker Eden Stubbs failing to convert the Mixed squad’s early chances.
A backline headlined by the in-form Mitch Kunnen worked overtime early on, battling to match the pace of Lithgow’s front men.
After pulling off a number of last minute tackles, CSU would finally concede the first goal of the match through the middle thanks to some fancy footwork from an opposition striker.
It wouldn’t be long before CSU would strike back however as Kunnen completed a dazzling run from centre back to eventually chip the goal keeper, and score in his fourth consecutive match to level the scores.
Buoyed by Kunnen’s solo effort, the Mixed team would switch on, foiling repeated attacking raids from the Rangers.
Soon after Kunnen became the first player in Mixed team history to score a brace, putting in a perfectly placed chip to give the side its first lead in a match all season.
A build up of pressure would see a deflection land at the feet of midfielder Nathan Maher, who made no mistake as he calmly put the ball through for his first goal of the season.
Halftime saw the Mixed team leading 3-1, only the second time this season the side had won a half of football.
Lithgow pushed CSU hard in the early phases of the second, with keeper Jonathan Harding’s reflexes proving the difference.
CSU continued their form, until a bad defensive read from back Jack Blyth saw Lithgow nab their second goal of the match, and edge closer to stealing victory from CSU.
Kunnen, searching for a hat trick, had another shot at goal, only to be deflected back to team mate Nathan Maher, who sealed his double just days after his 19th birthday.
Eden Stubbs would score just minutes later to rub salt into the wound, and seal the side’s first victory, over a 2nd placed Lithgow outfit.
The win adds further intrigue to Monday’s derby match against CSU 4th Grade Men, who are coming off back-to-back losses, and will be missing goalkeeper Declan Gilkes through injury. No matter the result, the game is an absolute must-see this Monday afternoon at Proctor Park.
CSU 4th Grade Mixed 5 (Kunnen 2, Maher 2, Stubbs) def. Lithgow City Rangers 2