One-all in Grafton's derby
THE Grafton City soccer sides returned to their former home of Rushforth Park on Saturday, taking on South Services Gunners in both Second and Third Divisions.
The Bulls’s Third Division side were belted 5-1
After 13 minutes Jamie White finished off with a clinical strike off his deadly left foot. City’s lead was short-lived with Gunners finding the back of the net twice in the next five minutes. From then on, it was a case of one-way traffic. Gunners were again on the scoresheet 15 minutes into the second half extending their lead to two goals.
The City defence had a torrid afternoon and finally ran out of steam allowing South Services another two goals late in the match. Veteran Peter Taylor scored both these goals in the space of a minute to give him a hat-trick for the match. The second game of the afternoon saw the Grafton City Rhinos beat South Services Gunners 3-1 in Second Division. City signalled their intentions early and was unlucky not to have the first goal after only five minutes when a shot by Kendal Davies missed the left hand upright by centimetres. They were rewarded for some excellent play five minutes later, when a Zac Page free kick found Jake Dominey unmarked in the penalty box.
After the half time interval, Gunners rallied and were rewarded with an equaliser just after the quarter-hour mark. A break down the left hand side of the field ended with a shot past the diving City goalie Robbie Kean to find the right hand back corner of the net.
With the scores now tied, both teams played end to end football looking to break the deadlock but it was City who finally triumphed scoring the final two goals of the game. First, Matt Dougherty scored with a blistering strike from long range to beat the diving Gunners keeper. Then five minutes from full time, Greg Falconer ended the scoring with a well taken curling shot.
Next Saturday, the two Grafton City sides travel to McKittrick Park at 1pm and 3pm.