CSUFC’s first ever mixed team made history on Monday night in their 3-1 loss to Churches, scoring the side’s first goal of the season.
Missing ten players from the squad for the match, the mixed team was forced to call down four players from 3rd grade in the form of Harry Dorrough, Isaac Maginnis, Jack Rindo and James Comiskey.
The side started the contest strongly, with Dorrough and Maginnis’ addition to the backline providing some steel in the team’s defence.
A momentary lapse from the backline saw a through ball hand Churches the opening goal of the night after the opposition striker found himself one-on-one with goalkeeper Jonathan Harding.
CSU came close to a goal on a number of occasions, pressuring Churches’ defensive line through a series of corners.
The opposition doubled their lead seconds before halftime through a controversial goal that saw Maginnis pushed to the ground before Churches once again found themselves one-on-one with the keeper.
Heading into the break trailing 2-0, CSU showed renewed vigour early in the second stanza as captain Naomi Keith led a number of attacking raids, but couldn’t put the final nail in the coffin.
Churches would extend their lead off a counter attack, with a cross to the middle finding the back of the net and furthering the lead to 3-0.
That would prove to be Churches final goal of the night, as the game evolved into a tightly contested arm wrestle in the centre of the park.
Weeks of build-up would finally achieve a result late in the match when Keith’s cross found Rindo presented with an open goal, and he capitalised on the pressure.
CSU would push for a second goal, but couldn’t put on the finishing touches despite keeping the ball deep in opposition territory.
With the scoring shackles now broken the mixed team turn their attention to the CSU 4th grade derby, as they look to conquer the top-of-the-table CSUFC red.
Churches United 3 def. CSUFC White 1 (Rindo)