Match reports



R18 : 03.09.2011

First team: Adelaide Uni 1 v 1 Gleeson FC

Emotional day for Coach and Club President Mick who donned the GFC shirt for the last time and ran out the last 5 minutes. HUGE thanks to Mick for coaching and running the club, and doing so much behind the scenes that not many people see.

Cheers to all lads who have played for the first team this year, and to all that have helped the club grow - players and members.
THIS close to gaining promotion and only a few dodgy referees, and slow start to the season prevented that.

Look forward to seeing you all at the presentation night!

~ AM

Reserves: Adelaide Uni 6 v 0 Gleeson FC

TBA.

~ NS

C's: Gleeson FC 2 v 5 Cougars

At the start of the season we were not to know that the biggest game of the season would be saved for last. We faced Cougars, who were yet to be defeated and were close to scoring 100 goals for the season. We had been the only team to take points from them at their home, and we were hopeful of finishing the season on a high.

It didn’t take long for Cougars to show us why they were top of the table, they moved the ball well, forcing us to chase hard, and wore us down, they scored twice mid way through the half. The Cougars linesman was proving a distraction for some, with his nonsensical ranting, but we answered in the best way, with ADRIAN scoring late in the half, putting the game within our reach.

The second half started well for us, 10 minutes of solid hard work paid off with ROBBIE S taking us level. The Cougars knew they had a game on their hands and they stepped it up a level in response. Unfortunately it seemed that those 10 minutes had taken it out of us and the Cougars ran rampant for the remainder of the game, scoring 3 more goals. It was a disappointing way to end the season, but MA Hawks did us a favor on the last day, helping us to retain 3rd place.

A big thank you to ROSS who came out and refereed for us, and suffered his fair share of criticism from the Cougars bench.

This season we started a new chapter in GFC history, as the first ever C grade team. Right from the start of the season we set out to have fun and play football as mates, and it ended up being a success of a season, we set a great precedent for the senior teams, usually getting the match days off to a winning start, scoring plenty of goals, and we always sung the team song loud and proud. PHIL did a fantastic job of managing us, over the season our team saw close to 30 players go trough the ranks.

I look forward to seeing all my team mates again next preseason, we set the bar high this season, and l look forward to giving the title a good hard crack next year.

~ DP

R9 : Catchup

First team: Gleeson FC 3 v 2 Adelaide Uni

Thanks to PABLO for his pictorial report. See it here.

~ AM

R17 : 27.08.2011

First team: Gleeson FC 1 v 2 Murray Bridge

Less said the better. Lets gear up to win div 3 next year boys!!

~ AM

Reserves: Gleeson FC 3 v 0 Murray Bridge

TBA.

~ NS

C's: Gleeson FC 1 v 2 Stirling

All good things come to an end, and our impressive record of 7 wins in a row and an undefeated home season was put to the sword by Stirling.

Stirling were a better outfit on the day, we were far from our best, and never really showed them the performance that we know we are capable of. We were under pressure from the beginning and found ourselves spending a lot of time in our own half. Stirling had a player with an impressively long throw, which ended up being an effective weapon after one cleared our defense and was tapped in from inside the 6 yard box.

With four on the bench this week changes were made early, but we still struggled, lacking shape and communication. Our vetran winger had a moment of individual brilliance, after receiving the ball in his own half he took it to about 40 yards and unleashed it into the top corner, taking us level.

After the break, Stirling continued to apply the pressure. Late in the game it took its toll, causing some defensive errors in judgment, one of which resulted in a penalty and a sending off. The penalty was scored, sealing the victory for Stirling.

Unfortunately our challenge for second spot ended here, on our day were are as good as any team in the league, with a little more consistency we will be a contender for the title next season.

~ DP

R16 : 20.08.2011

First team: Flinders 0 v 1 Gleeson FC

The travelling fans were in for an enthralling match as Flinders hosted the favourites GFC.

More injuries saw CARM slot in at stopper with DAVEY LOCKSMITH pushing to the wing, and MOSTI holding up the frontline. The change in lineup did little to damper GFC's attacking style in previous weeks as they dominated early, limiting the hosts to the rare counter attack. 8-PACK STEF was blitzing the opposition right-back and causing numerous openings down the channel, with MOSTI holding and distributing nicely. It wasnt long before STEF got on the scoresheet yet again with a well placed header. At this stage it probably could've been a couple - and coupled with a fine one-on-one save from GK STEF, the hosts would find themselves lucky to go into the break only a goal down.

A change in formation at half time saw GFC go to a 3-5-2 as mystery man ASH and LUCAS-esque ROSSCO were finding it increasingly difficult to combat their 5-man midfield. The hosts found their way into the game more, but a resolute defensive display coupled with some late subs, and the return of PAULIE (I hope I've pronounced that correctly), saw off Flinders and cemented a nice 4-game winning streak for the visitors.

~ AM

Reserves: Flinders 2 v 1 Gleeson FC

TBA.

~ NS

R15 : 13.08.2011

First team: FC Adelaide 1 v 5 Gleeson FC

After knocking off 2nd placed Falcons last week GFC travelled to 2nd bottom FC Adelaide knowing things wouldnt be easy with a slightly under-strength side.

MARZ and ASH continued in the centre with CHRISTON and POTTY casuing havoc on the wings. Again GFC started strong scoring 2 goals within 20 minutes. Young 8-PACK STEF grabbed another to his impressive tally, and DAVEY LOCKSMITH turned and finished inside the box with his left, lobbing the keeper exquisitely! 2-0 was how it stayed at half time with FCA barely threatening the GFC defence.

After the break MICK wanted to make the game safe, however it was FC Adelaide who got a goal back after a lucky deflection nipped it past the defense, with their striker slotting under STEF's legs. People on the sidelines later remarked a strange stench could be smelt around the same time.

Things started getting firey with FC Adelaide resorting to some reckless tackles and ill-discipline. CHRISTON was caught up in an altercation and after kicking the ball away, was given a second yellow and his marching orders. GFC were resilient however and it was all about the 8-PACK show. MOSTI came off the bench to send STEF through and put GFC 3-1 up. Within 10 minutes it was 5-1, as STEF made a mockery of the opposition defence and keeper to take his tally to 4 for the game. He eventually made way for ANTO to sure up things and see the game out.

A quality second half display from GFC who needed the improvement in goal difference and unfortunately saw FCA pretty much relegated to div 4.

~ AM

Reserves: FC Adelaide 0 v 2 Gleeson FC

TBA.

~ NS

R14 : 06.08.2011

First team: ACU Falcons 1 v 3 Gleeson FC

GFC travelled down to Cowandilla fresh off their convincing win against Iggies and it showed from the outset, totally dominating ACU Falcons in the opening exchanges.

GFC went 1-0 and it stayed like that thanks to 8-PACK STEF. Falcons got back into it just after the break to make things interesting. GFC determinations showed through with DAN U grabbing a goal and then ASH scoring a contender for 4th best goal of the season with a well placed drive from just inside the box, after good work from DAN U.

Onto FC Adelaide full of beans. Must win games for the rest of the season lads!

~ AM

Reserves: ACU Falcons 1 v 6 Gleeson FC

TBA.

~ NS

C team: Gleeson FC 3 v 1 Vipers

GFC continue to charge through the second half of the season, notching up their 6th consecutive victory. A big thank you to Jimmy who helped out last minute and stepped in as Referee.

It was an unsettled start to the match, both teams struggled to keep possession and there were only a handful of scrappy opportunities for both teams. About 25 minutes in NINO changed the tempo of the match towards our favor. He bustled his way through a few defenders and when he looked like he was through into the box he was collected from the side earning us a penalty. PHIL stepped up to the spot, the keeper chose the correct direction saving with a dive to the right only to parry the ball back to Phil who was ready and pounced making no mistake from close range. Less than 10 minutes later PHIL added to his tally with another close range effort. NINO was again in on the action, some how missing a free header in the 6 yard box from a SILVIO cross. He soon made up for it slotting the ball into the net after a nicely cut back pass. PHIL had a chance to get his hatrick with the opposition keeper placing the ball at his toes leaving the goal open, only to have PHIL scuff his shot and put it wide. After 20 minutes of dominance we found ourselves 3-0 up and went into the break full of confidence.

Again the match descended into a scrap with Vipers scoring a consolation goal in a half with no real intensity. We defended out the rest of the match, doing what was required to take the points.

Not our flashiest display, with a week off hopefully we come out refreshed against Red Blue Eagles next week..

~ DP

R13 : 30.07.2011

First team: Iggies 1 v 4 Gleeson FC

GFC travelled to bottom of the table Iggies and their U/6's pitch knowing nothing but a win would suffice to keep their promotion hopes alive. A shuffled lineup meant mystery man ASH dropped into sweeper, and ANTO pushed back into midfield.

After a sloppy first 5 minutes, ANTO played a nice one-two with DAVEY LOCKSMITH into the box, and his electrifying pace caught the Iggies defence off guard, and was fouled for a clear penalty. DAVEY stepped up himself to break the deadlock. GFC absolutely dominated the first half and deservedly got a second with DAN U punishing some slack defending. A third came another 10 minutes later when PAGEBOY PEROTTI sent a long ball over the DAVEY LOCKSMITH who held off a weak defensive challenge to poke the ball past the keeper. That's how it finished at half time and GFC were in total control.

Coach MICK wanted a smashing of Iggies and urged GFC to push for more goals. Unfortunately the second half was fairly flat as GFC took the pedal off instead. A 4th goal came through PAGEBOY PEROTTI who picked u the ball just over the half way line and weaved his way through 3 defenders before casually finishing. The clean sheet was tarnished however as a rare shot on goal from the home side saw a decent strike fly past STEF into the roof of the net.

4-1 is how it stayed, altough GFC shouldve gone for the jugular and boosted their GD. On to Falcons next week who will be a difficult task away from home.

~ AM

Reserves: Iggies 4 v 3 Gleeson FC

TBA.

~ NS

C team: FC Adelaide 0 v 3 Gleeson FC

GFC traveled down to FC Adelaide on an unusually warm morning for this time of the year.

The first half went smoothly for us, we kept FC to a very limited number of chances and created plenty of our own. ROBBIE S shamed the opposition keeper twice in 10 minutes, scoring two ‘one on one’ goals. ADRIAN had another excellent game in midfield, controlling the tempo and supplying some great opportunities. ROB R has cemented his role as a defensive midfielder and MICK S completed his first full game in stopper with his usual cool, calm and collected style.

In the second half as the temperature was raised so was the pressure on FC. DOM, NINO and LEO all made an impact off the bench, straining FC’s midfield and defense. ADRIAN’s good game was rewarded with a poachers goal, that made it 3-0. Unfortunately the game took a turn for the worse here, FC took their lack of possession out on our ball carriers, collecting DOM in several sloppy tackles, the last producing a scuffle in which both players received yellows. The FC defenders decided this was a good time to start pushing us around, and again a scuffle broke out, with one FC player showing a total lack of decency using racial slurs. The game lost its intensity and with ADAMs help we finished out the game with a clean sheet.

A disappointing end to what was otherwise another fine performance by the GFC boys. This result brings us to 5 consecutive wins, lets carry this form through to the end of the season.

~ DP

R12 : 23.07.2011

First team: Gleeson FC 1 v 3 Red Blue Eagles

The first team knew Red Blue Eagles would be a tough opposition as they sat at the top of the table and were in fine form.

GFC started shakily and were on the back foot early as a needless tackle gave away a freekick, and the visitors pounced, scoring within 1 minute. 10 minutes later it was 2-0, as the hosts were sluggish from the get go. To GFC's credit, the rest of the half belonged to us, as we tried to get a goal back before half time. Altough dominating possession, it never came, and GFC went into the break 2 goals down.

The restart saw GFC start as they finished off the first, and evenetually led to a goal back. At this point GFC were really turning the screw searching for the equaliser, however from a counter 15 minutes later, RBE made it 3-1 and thats how it stated, as the game got messy and patchy.

~ AM

Reserves: Gleeson FC 4 v 1 Red Blue Eagles

TBA.

~ NS

C team: Gleeson FC 4 v 3 Adelaide Titans

It wasn’t pretty, but we got the job done, and we were happy to take the points. The Titans were a determined outfit and pushed us from start to finish.

PHIL opened the scoring in the first half, earning, then taking and scoring a penalty. Much to the displeasure of the Titans and their supporters, who unfairly and loudly voiced their opinion of the refereeing for the rest of the match. Titans soon scored from a free header, whom this match reporter felt was in an offside position. With the game at 1-1 we needed someone to step up and provide something special. JOHN LIMONI was that man, drawing from his years of experience, he sized up the opposition keeper, thinking he wasn’t the most agile man over 150kg and under 6 feet, shot from near the centre circle, gliding the ball through the keepers outstretched hands. Now we were fired up, we controlled the rest of the half, adding to our tally when ADRIAN put BENNY through with a superb chip, it was finished with power from a tight angle around a shocked stationary keeper.

The second half started much like the end of the first half with us holding most of the possession. JOE LOPRESTI was on the end of a string of passes when just outside the box he faked to the right, switched to his left and finished across the keeper in vintage fashion. With the score at 4-1 and only 30 minutes to go the Titans turned it up a gear. Bringing on a couple of quality substitutions, they piled on the pressure. Luckily ADAM had brought his A game, although we let in two scrappy goals, it could have been more, in a man of the match performance he made some desperation double saves in the last couple of minutes to help us hold out to the whistle.

These were some very valuable points that have put us in a good position to be second at the end of the next round.

~ DP

R11 : 09.07.2011

First team: Monarchs 1 v 1 Gleeson FC

TBA.

~ AM

Reserves: Monarchs 0 v 2 Gleeson FC

TBA.

~ NS

C team: Monarchs 1 v 6 Gleeson FC

Another comprehensive victory this week, taking maximum points from Monarchs both home and away. The match was one sided and GFC never really looked to be under too much pressure.

We had numerous chances in the first half, but did not capitalize until ROBBIE S scored from a one on one with their keeper. Monarchs scored from a set piece soon after, the result of a suspect free kick, when a Monarchs player lost his footing under pressure from RESH just outside the box. Even though we dominated the rest of the half it wasn’t until the last minute that ROBBIE S locked onto a LEMON cross, putting us 2-1 up.

The Second half was a demolition of Monarchs. Their lack of fitness showed, having to rotate their bench heavily. CRAIG had free reign over the left and capitalized when he pounced on a loose ball in the box. MICK S was happy to get on the score sheet again, proving himself to be an effective impact player when coming off the bench. NINO then went on a solo run from the right, brushing Monarchs defenders away as if they were fly’s, working his way into goal and scoring with composure. CRAIG then completed his second half brace by finishing a ROBBIE S cut back.

The infighting and squabbling between the Monarchs players helped to highlight the positive attitude we take into our games. The positive talk, second efforts, support and selflessness we show is mirrored in the quality of our results. Keep it up boys and let’s leave the Gleeson mark on the rest of the season.

~ DP

R10 : 02.07.2011

First team: Gleeson FC 1 v 5 Adelaide Pumas

An abysmal day of weather, coupled with an equally abysmal first half left GFC 4-0 down at half time. A radical change of formation in the second hald brought instant success as DAN U jumped with 3 defenders to header (as he would like to tell you) home.

A fightback might've been on the cards, however some slack defending from a corner no more than 5 minutes later led to another goal for the visitors. After a handful of chances to get back in the game it was Pumas leaving Pooraka as the only team to leave with maximum points.

A very disappointing day indeed, and a much needed shakeup may be instore to revitalise the season.

~ AM

Reserves: Gleeson FC 6 v 1 Adelaide Pumas

TBA.

~ NS

C team: Gleeson FC 4 v 0 MA Hawks

The team song was sung loud and proud down in Pooraka on Saturday. The GFC C grade had reason to cheer after winning a pivotal match against MA Hawks, cementing our spot in the top 3.

We went through our usual rotation of squad members again this week, with DOM putting his hand up to go in goals, his team spirit was truly appreciated. On a wet and slippery pitch, the match started in an attacking end to end fashion. You could tell the tax season had started, JOE M was playing with extra fire in his belly, and the MA Hawks ankles paid the price, with a few loosely timed slide tackles early on. BENNY got his first start of the season, upping the competition for those striker positions, he scored the opener, an absolute cracker, after working his way into the box he smashed the ball into the goal from a tight angle. MA Hawks over confidence was soon turned to shock, when less than 10 minutes later BENNY broke through their defense and put us 2-0 up after only 20 minutes. ROBBIE S redeemed himself after missing an earlier 1 on 1, this time there was no hesitation, after being put through by a magic LEMON long ball. The score remained a 3-0 until half time with GFC dominant in all areas.

MICK S replaced ROB ROMEO who was done for the day after straining a hamstring, and BENNY made way for LEO at half time. GFC were under pressure for much of the second half, but we held strong. RESH, who was visibly in pain, stuck it out until 5 minutes to go to insure we got the result. Our last came from CARM who had been combining well with KREMER on the left all day. When everyone else’s legs were heavy from a long, wet, soggy match, he blitzed down the wing, taking it all the way. A fitting return for the club man.

4-0 was a great result for the boys. Looking forward to taking this form into our first away triple header at Monarchs.

~ DP

R9 : 25.06.2011

First team: Gleeson FC v Adelaide Uni POSTPONED

Referee failed to show. However if it were up to Jimmy, we wouldve won with a hatrick from the sensational stopper.

~ AM

Reserves: Gleeson FC 3 v Adelaide Uni 1

TBA.

~ NS

C team: Cougars 0 v 2 Gleeson FC

The GFC C grade grinded out a valuable 3 points away at Comets this week. We were initially worried that they were going to forfeit, only appearing on the pitch moments before kickoff. By this time LEMON had done a full 45 minute warm up and had started working on his upper body finding time to do some pushups.

The condition of the Comets pitch was atrocious, with more weeds than grass, bare patches and areas of swampy mud. This did not suit our usually superb passing game and limited the use of the wings. We dug in, and the first half seemed more like a game of Volleyball, with the ball spending more time in the air than on the ground. We still had the majority of the chances, forcing at least one top shelf save from the Comets keeper.

At halftime PHIL blessed us with his wisdom and made some changes, introducing GAV and MICK S, and later in the half the chief MICK ROMEO. We came out knowing we were the better team, but it still took a bit of luck to get on the score board. DOM was running rampant over his opponent on the left wing, when Comets conceded several corners in a few minutes on his side we could sense that they were feeling the pressure. When DOM took another corner from the left and scuffed the kick the ball sped along the byline, there was some confusion within the Comets defense and the ball deflected over the goal line. Not the most spectacular of goals but we were happy to take it. With the Comets now on the back foot, we dominated the rest of the half. ROBBIE S made several runs into the Comets area and eventually out of frustration a Comets defender chopped him from behind, resulting in a clear penalty. ROBBIE converted, and like the previous week there was less than a few kicks for the opposition before time was called.

Not a pretty game for the observer, but we got the job done. Must lift our game this week if we are to beat the Hawks and reclaim our pride after an embarrassing away loss to them earlier in the season.

~ DP

R8 : 18.06.2011

First team: Murray Bridge 0 v Gleeson FC 1

Game according to JIMMY: Stopper JIMMY saved a penalty, and then scored a penalty. In a collossal effort he then saw out the game by himself against 10 men.

This week we travelled up the hill to little ol’ Murray Bridge to take on the top of the table Murray Bridge United.

With no less than 15 players missing across all grades this was a true test of our depth in 2011. The lineup had to be reshuffled with the late withdrawal of ANTO due to a severe bout of gastro. Solid performances in the B’s gave the opportunity for the super head HAIRY on debut for the A’s and ROSS to come into the starting line up. We also gained ASH back from injury and ANGE fulfilling his part-time GFC contract obligations.

With our team mate CARMINE in our minds and MICK’S game plane ringing in out ears, everyone was switched on from the get go. The first 20 minutes saw Gleeson have the better of the play and manage to carve out a few half chances which we were unable to convert. After some nice build up play the best chance of the first half fell to MUSTI but while off balance he was unable to find the back of the net. DAN U proving a handful upfront managed wriggled his way free of the Bridge defence and hit a 25 yard shot which skimmed the top of the cross bar. It’s fair to say the remainder of the half belonged to Murray Bridge but they didn’t really create any clear cut chances so the teams went into the half deadlocked at nil all.

With no changes at half time, the second half was much of the same with both sides trying to wrestle control. HAIRY and JIMMY were keeping the strikers quiet and ASH, ROSS and ANGE beginning to get on top in the middle we just needed piece of magic or slice of luck up front. Enter former skipper ALLOCCA. In a straight swap for the hard working MUSTI, ALLOCCA was on just a matter of minutes when a he tackled a defender who intercepted a pass and in a blink of an eye he was one on one with Murray Bridges veteran keeper and blasted into the top corner to send the GFC faithful into raptures. Moments later the mood soured, with the linesman incorrectly ruling the goal offside. We could see the cracks appearing and knew we could get the breakthrough.

A Murray Bridge defender made a run through the middle of the park and was fouled by one of our players. Although he was awarded the freekick he continued to argue and found his name in the referee’s little black book. This proved costly, and while Gleeson continued to push for the winning goal, a nice through ball to DAN U who turned in the box only for the same defender to chop him and win a deserved penalty. The experienced ALLOCCA stepped up and slotted the penalty coolly.

Mick decided to consolidate for the final 15 minutes as we changed to a more defensive formation as we held the 10-man Murray Bridge side scoreless to claim a confidence boosting win and the 4 fourth clean sheet in a row.

Special mentions should go to PEROTTI and TOOTS who worked tirelessly on the wings as well as HAIRY and ROSS who didn’t put a foot wrong all day and has given the selection committee food for thought in the coming weeks. With results going our way we move into equal 2nd and within a point of top.

The win was a special one for the boys and was dedicated to our good friend Carmine who unfortunately lost his Mother during the week.

~ PA

Reserves: Murray Bridge 1 v Gleeson FC 3

GFC made the trip over the hill and far away to Murray Bridge knowing that this weekend could help set them up to chase the title in the second half of the season. The boys wore the black arm band in honor of CARMINE’s mother who passed during the week and he was in the mind of all players as they wanted to do him proud after the strength he had shown throughout the week.

The boys were switched on from the first whistle with SPINKS, FUNI FAGAN and NICK C linking well to release NICK on goal only to see his shot go wide. They continued to press the home side creating chances with FUNI FAGAN slipping one back to SPINKS who hit a crisp volley with his peg leg which beat the keeper but caught the post and rebounded away from danger. Not long after FUNI was through on goal and slipped a glorious shot past the keeper to take the lead. It was a shot similar to those seen from Torres before he departed Liverpool like a dog for Chelsea and their abundant $$$ and lack of history earlier this season.

GFC were dominating in the middle with JOSH, NICK C and MARZ all over the Bridge and giving them very little. KING was showing his abilities on the wing and creating numerous opportunities for the boys up front. It was not long before JOSH slotted another for GFC to make the lead 2 with a well worked interchange from the boys. Late in the half the home side were awarded a dubious penalty but were unable to convert with the spot kick failing to hit the target and trickling wide past the post.

After the break the Bridge hit back making it 2-1 and putting GFC on notice which triggered a resurgence and a nice link between NICK C and SPINKS saw SPINKS release NICK THE TOE with a perfectly weighted ball which was guided home in sensational fashion to restore the 2 goal lead.

SPINKS was replaced after picking up an injury and KRAMER (Sheldon) was introduced up front where he made a menace of himself running the defense ragged. A great game at the back by BROOKS, PERRICONE and REILY in front of MATT in his first start for the B’s ensured that Bridge would only trouble the scorers once for the day.

The win goes out to our mate CARMINE who has shown strength beyond belief throughout this tough week and GFC as always will stand together in support for the ESPOSITO family.

~ NS

C team: Cougars 2 v 2 Gleeson FC

The GFC C grade this week faced the undefeated Cougars, who were yet to drop a point at home this year. It was a match that had the atmosphere of a final, and the team stepped up to the challenge, fighting to the last second to take a point. Cougars fielded an experienced line up, they moved the ball well, were confident with it at their feet, tackled hard and didn’t mind a bit of physical and verbal intimidation.

Our team on the other hand was a mixture of C grade regulars, returning veterans and new faces. A part of our warm up was making sure everyone knew each others names. The Governor, PHIL, who in the previous round sustained cracked ribs took on a purely managerial role, and tweaked our formation a little for the big clash.

We frustrated Cougars for the first 25 minutes, who were used to things going their own way, thought that they could walk the ball over the line like Arsenal. But we kept our shape well, forcing them to resort to long range efforts. With the wind causing the ball to dip and curve, the Cougars Captain hit a shot from outside the box which looped just over ADAMs hands and under the bar. Within minutes we were on the attack, JOE ‘PEP’ LOPRESTI sent in a quality ball from a free kick just inside the halfway which forced the Cougars keeper out, in the clash of bodies the ball popped up and the late inclusion STEFAN was on hand to nod the ball in from 6 yards. The score stayed locked at 1-1 till the end of the half.

With the beginning of the second half the rain started to fall. It was Cougars first attack of the half that put them 2-1 up. A half struck shot from outside the area skidded through to ADAM and managed to slip through his leg and in. The rest of the half we were on top. We continued to push the ball wide to LIL’ PETE and DOM, exposing their tired older legs. Cougars were on the ropes only managing a few counter attacks, meanwhile we were peppering their goal. RESH, who was fired up all day, sensed the urgency of the situation and volleyed a clearance straight up the guts which was calmly controlled by ADREIN who turned and put a defense splitting through ball in for ROBBIE S who took the ball onto his reliable right and finished with confidence, powering the ball into the top back corner of the net. After a good minute of celebrations, Cougars had only time for a single pass before time was called.

An impressive game all-round by the boys, a special mention for ROB ROMEO who ran out 80 minutes in midfield after a long injury stint out, he showed grit and determination in a hard game. We dug deep, taking inspiration from the BLACK ARMBANDS we wore for the club and our community. Lets keep this run going and start the second half of the season strong.

~ DP

R7 : 04.06.2011

First team: Gleeson FC 1 v 0 Flinders

2 evenly matched sides fought it out at Poorka with GFC's passing and movement just too much for a fit Flinders side.

In a tight first half, both sides closed down well and tackled hard. As a result of the tackling, the ever reliable TOOMS was forced off early with an ankle injury. In a customary two-footed tackle, he won the ball cleanly, but landed awkwardly, forcing MICK to make some changes. NICKY C came on for TOOMS on the left, PETE switched to sweeper, with ANTO and JIMMY making the new stoppers. TOOTS and POTTY handled the defensive midfield duties until halftime.

After a "Do you want to win this league or what" chat, GFC started strongly in the second half creating a few half chances. GEKASPATTO was relishing the midfield role and challenging for everything, eventually happy to be substitued for young KIERAN, after working hard for the team. Shortly after, GFC took the lead from a lurking defender at the back post. A GFC corner was half cleared, with TOOTS acrobatically sending the ball back in to PETE who had stayed up from the corner. The captain took one touch and rifled into the back of the night from a tight angle (yes, ANNESE scored). After a flurry of angry Flinders protests, the ref checked the nets, and indeed acknowledged they were the best in the league.

Flinders tried to get back in to the game, however great defending and a change in formation held out the visitors and gave GFC their 3rd clean sheet in a row.

Next, on to Murray Bridge, in a real test for the championship!

~ AM

Reserves: Gleeson FC 1 v 1 Flinders

GFC faced a top of the table clash with Flinders who came into the game confident that they could get over the top of the boys at home.

GFC started well and moved the ball around the park once again showing the dominant style that fans have previously likened to that of the heroes of Anfield. Despite this dominance GFC went behind midway through the first half when Flinders were able to hit the home side on the counter and slot one away to take the lead.

It stayed at 1-0 for some time with both side showing why they are considered good chance to take the title this season. Flinders opened the door for GFC when they possibly should have been focusing on the game at hand more than having a go at the ref and GIBBS put his body on the line and chipped the keeper. GIBBS was punished for his selfless act and crunched by the keeper but SPINKS showed just why some have considered him as the next Usain Bolt and chased down the loose ball to slot it past the last defender from a tight angle and level the scores at 1-1.

GFC held strong at the back with the boys containing Flinder’s Jules Lund imposter to keep the scores lock at 1 all for the remainder of the game and protecting ADAM well.

The boys continue their climb to the top away against Murray Bridge in a fortnight after the Cup game with Elizabeth Vale Next week.

~ NS

C team: Stirling 3 v 2 Gleeson FC

The GFC C grade suffered a disappointing set back this week, losing away at Stirling. Hopefully this acts as a wake up call to all the players as we are facing top of the table Cougars next.

On a day where moving the ball was difficult on a waterlogged muddy pitch we started well, asserting some dominance early on. BROOKSY scored his first goal for GFC after receiving a cut back from ROBBIE S. Soon after we conceded our first, an unmarked Stirling midfielder volleyed a chip over the defense just out of the reach of MATTY, after a poorly attempted clearance. Frustrated, we replied quickly, this time BROOKSY returned the favor putting ROBBIE S through on goal, and we were making it look easy. For the rest of the half we hammered away at Stirlings keeper and defense, hitting the post and forcing numerous saves.

At half time Stirling made some changes and changed formation, and we made some changes of our own. In the first 10 minutes of the second half we continued to push, with BENNY throwing his plentiful weight around, after coming on at the start of the half. Nothing came for us, we hit the post again, and Stirling settled into their classic style of bombing it forward and sitting high up the pitch. This restricted us from playing the game at our pace and Stirling capitalized scoring 2 late goals. We never stopped fighting, throwing all that we had at them, with PHIL suffering cracked ribs in a tackle late on, and Mick S was sidelined after being involved in a series of heavy tackles.

It definitely felt as though we lost the game rather than them beating us. Plenty of work to be done before we face Cougars.

~ DP

R6 : 28.05.2011

First team: Gleeson FC 2 v 0 FC Adelaide

Bottom of the table FC Adelaide travelled to fortress Gleeson in search of their first points of the season. Mid-table GFC needed a win to stay in touch with the leaders. In the end, a comfortable enough 2-0 win ensured 7 out of 9 points in the last 3 rounds for the first team.

The early stages of the game were fairly even with both sides struggling to hold possession. GFC started to control the game with a few corners and slight chances and it wasnt until 15 minutes in until they got the breakthrough. Walking wounded ASH jostled near the edge of the box, holding out a few defenders, eventually laying the ball to ANTO, who took a steadying touch before sending an unstoppable drive into the top corner. Later, some people on the sidelines could've sworn they thought it was LAMPARD but alas, it was the GFC no.28!

GFC continued to etch out half-chances in search of a second before half time, however their lead stayed at 1-0.

After the break Gleeson stepped up the intensity and went on the search for a decisive 2nd goal. It came within 10 minutes, as some neat work from DAN U on the right wing, coupled with a low cross, allowed MOSTI to snatch his 1st goal of the season for GFC. Like a model at a Wayne Cooper sale, the striker capitalized on some slack defending to send the home crowd into raptures!

After a few more chances to make the game safe, FC Adelaide then pressed hard to get back into the game, but a change in formation and some resilient defending and keeping, kept GFC's second consecutive clean sheet and spirits high at Pooraka.

It was a crucial win, and the lads delivered. Next, on to Flinders for another 3 points!

~ AM

Reserves: Gleeson FC 3 v 2 FC Adelaide

In another triple header at GFC Park the B’s faced top of the table FC Adelaide who were yet to lose a game this season. The boys knew they were in for a fight from the first whistle with the visitors out sizing GFC across the park with some tall timber.

The boys started stronger this week and showed they were up for this top of the table clash and dominated the game with some great ball movement coming through the middle from MARZ , JOSH and PATTO. The home side’s dominance was rewarded midway through the first half when FUNI FAGAN contested a ball with the keeper and tumbled it, and the keeper, into the back of the net. The visitors felt hard done by with the referee’s decision to allow the goal and had found an extra gear and took the challenge to GFC for the remainder of the half showing why they were sitting in first.

The second half started well for the home side with GFC once again dominating by playing their brand of football with plenty of ‘pass and move’ on show. PATTO extended the lead when he was well protected by the G Train SPINKS and he slotted what looked like the goal of the season (only to be outdone in the later game by ANTO) hitting a 20 yard shot into the top left corner leaving the keeper no chance of saving it. GFC then made it a 3 goal lead when FUNI FAGAN continued his amazing season capitalizing on some indecision from the visiting keeper and slotting his second for the day from inside a metre.

KING then replaced CRAIG who played well in his first start for some time and gave GFC some fresh legs out wide. Unfortunately KING took a pretty solid knock to the face and things became a little cloudy and he was replaced by BUBA JP (PERRICONE) for the remainder of the game.

TREV replaced MARZ and continued the domination through the middle MARZ had enjoyed throughout the game. Unfortunately GFC the relaxed a bit through the middle and left HAIRY, RIELY and CARM exposed at the back with FC Adelaide pushing all their numbers forward and they were able to slip 2 late goals including one wicked deflection past ADAM in goals who put in another solid performance.

~ NS

C team: Gleeson FC 10 v 2 Redblue Eagles

There were goals a plenty when GFC C grade took on Red Blue Eagles. It was an 80 minute annihilation in which no GFC player showed any mercy.

The score was 3-0 at half time and we piled on another 7 to make it 10-2 at full time. Goal scoring honors went to; first gamer STEFAN with 4, an impressive start to his Gleeson career, im sure this young talented player has a big future within the club. MICK and ROBBIE SAVASTA got a double each, continuing their fine goal scoring form. PHIL added another to his tally for the season. Lastly KREMER finished another quality performance with a goal of his own, his first for the club. They may not have got on the score sheet this week but they played an equally as important part, the quiet achievers RESH, SILVIO, ANTH, PATO, NINO, BROOKSY, ROB and LEMON, all contributed to a piece of GFC history, our greatest score line victory, one that we hopefully top again this season.

Thanks to DOM for putting his hand up to go in goals, I know he found it tough watching us scoring at will, he would have loved to have been up front on a day like this.

A fine performance by all the boys, a big game at Stirling this week, it is time to show the competition that we are title contenders!

~ DP

R5 : 21.05.2011

First team: Gleeson FC 0 v 0 ACU Falcons

A windy, yet warm day greeted the players who were pumped to get a second consecutive win on the board after the last round canter at home to Iggies.

The first 20 minutes gave the crowd a taste of things to come with the shuffled back three of TOOTS, JIMMY & PETE nullifying any attack the Falcons could conjure. The midfield in front was working hard and providing DAN U and MOSTI plenty of chances - with unfortunately no reward. To their credit, Falcons got back into the game by the end of the second half giving STEF something to do, and the wiry keeper ripped out 2 CECH-esque saves to deny the travelling side.

A positive half time message saw Gleeson absolutely dominate the second half with ASH providing some lovely through balls to the forward pair. DAN U was causing all sorts of havoc in the final third and was unlucky not to have at least a hatrick in the second half. MOSTI was working as hard as a European Supermodel on the catwalk, and some good closing down from ANTO saw a late chance fall to CHRISTON, who saw his effort beat the keeper, but not the post - and summed up GFC's day.

It felt like 2 points lost, and with at least 10-15 chances on target, GFC know they need to improve the ratio to expect to get more out of upcoming fixtures against FC Adelaide and Murray Bridge.

~ AM

Reserves: Gleeson FC 5 v 1 ACU Falcons

GFC headed into this week’s game with mixed emotions after exiting the cup on penalties just 6 days prior to BESA.

The boys struggled to gel in the first 45 minutes looking to play the ball over the top in some very windy conditions. The only highlight from the first half was a miss hit cross from NICK C that flew low and hard to beat the visitor’s keeper at his near post.

The second half saw GFC resort to their favoured style of playing the ball along the ground which gave the spectators some very attractive passages of play to enjoy. Early in the half with scores at 1-0 GFC were kept in the game by KREMER who stepped into goals after ADAM pulled a hamstring in the first half. KREMER somehow pulled off a diving save to his right to keep Falcons scoreless.

Soon after, GFC extended their lead when a sublime ball was slotted through to SPINKS (SUAREZ) who chipped the keeper showing the big man also has a deft touch when required. HERRITAGE made it 3-0 when he scored another definitive header from a set piece to take his season tally to 3. Soon after that a great ball from the midfield saw SPINKS run into the box and cut it back to FUNI FAGAN who slotted it home on the second attempt to push the lead to 4-0.

GFC were punished for not keeping the foot on the pedal and Falcons pegged one back with a messy scrap in the box. NICK C restored the 4 goal lead shortly after when he once again miss hit a ball, this time from a corner. For some reason both a Falcons defender and the keeper decided to watch the ball roll into the back of the net rather than clearing it.

Next week GFC face the top of the table FC Adelaide away from home. This is looking to be a great match with GFC showing good form of late and FC Adelaide currently undefeated.

~ NS

C team: Vipers 0 v 4 Gleeson FC

The good results keep coming for the GFC C grade, with a comprehensive 4-0 away win at Vipers.
A couple of firsts for the team this week, we collected our first clean sheet, and sung the team song for the first time away from home.

We got off to a slow start to the game, it was hard to understand the club referee whose calls were mystifying at best. Expecting this treatment away from home, we kept our nerve (just), and we went into half time 1-0 up after ADRIAN scored in his third consecutive match.

We stepped the intensity up a level in the second half, and it didn't take long for ROBBIE S to do what he does best - finding the back of the net. MICK S was then put through on goal by his brother, tucking it nicely between the keeper and the post, only to be denied by the referee for offside after the ball was in the net (the decision was so blatantly bad it was embarrassing).

When one of our players was collected in the box, the referee had no choice but to give a penalty, which MICK S was happy to bang home in revenge of previously being denied. SILVIO, who had been working hard all day up and down the right wing, provided the cross for our final goal, but never saw ADRIAN volley the ball powerfully past the keeper, getting crunched moments after releasing the ball.

MATTY had another solid game between the sticks, recording his first GFC clean sheet. We had great support all day from ROB ROMEO who ran the line for us and helped us belt out the song after the win. With our current run of form we will definitely be challenging top of the table by the end of the season. Well done boys!.

~ DP

R4 : 07.05.2011

First team: Gleeson FC 4 v 2 Iggies

At home the A's were pumped for a win against rivals Iggies.

Merely 5 minutes in GFC were rewarded with a well constructed goal. ASH had time to chip to CHRISTIANO, who took it in his stride and crossed low to DAN U to slot in the opener. GFC looked slick and confident on the bright, sunny day - much like an in-form TORRES.

However Iggies converted their first real chance when some wayward marking allowed the opposition captain to volley home from an in-swinging freekick. Again GFC got back in front with CHRSITON, back from suspension, out-muscling his opponent to force home at the back post.

Iggies responded immediately from the kick off to make it 2-2 and GFC knew they would have to step up a gear to come over the top in the second half. MICK again fired up the boys who responded in fine form, dominating the second half, while the defence of PETE, JIMMY & TOOMS looked rock solid.

Lil DAN U got his second after a brilliant turn and left foot shot from the corner of the box to send the home crowd delirious. Moments later he completed his hattrick, lashing in an uncleared TOOTS mega-throw, past the hapless keeper.

The boys were in a mood and it could've been more but would settle for a 4-2 win - much needed on the known ability of the team. Bring on ACU Falcons next game for what is expected to be a tough encounter.

~ AM

Reserves: Gleeson FC 5 v 2 Iggies

GFC faced the club rival Old Ignatians this week with plenty of expectation that 3 points had to be taken. The first 45 was hard fought with the two sides going goal for goal throughout the half.

GFC were on the score sheet thanks to a GIBBS corner that snuck in at the back post for their first and then HERRITAGE made it two when he hammered home a solid header again from a corner. Unfortunately the boys went into the half trailing when Iggies hit the lead with the last kick of the half after GFC went to sleep waiting for the whistle.

GFC stepped out after a talking to from COACH COOCH and were playing the football they set out to at the start of the day. The boys moved the ball around the park well with ROSS moving into the middle of the park and GIBBS to the wing. This change gave GFC more width and some good combinations that ended with FUNI FAGAN slamming a cross home from close range at the back post. GFC then took the lead with some great ball movement when PERRICONE took possession at the back and found GIBBS, some quick ball movement using SPINKS gave GIBBS the room to feed a great ball through to ROSS who tucked it home past the keeper.

COOCH emptied the bench and DiTROIA returning from injury enjoyed some extra space linking well with the forwards to keep the visitors on the back foot. A Solid second half from the boys at the back kept Iggies from any further involvement on the score sheet. Soon after PEROTTI doubled the lead when he weaved his way into the box and netted from close range. The boys gave a stirring rendition of the club song to fire up the A’s for their clash with the old rival.

~ NS

C team: Gleeson FC 6 v 1 FC Adelaide

The GFC C grade continued their unbeaten run at home this season with a 6-1 white wash of FC Adelaide.

Even though FC Adelaide were never in the match, it was played in good spirits. A big thank you to PAULIE for refereeing, he did a great job and even found time during play to lay a solid bump on PHIL behind play.

LEMON started his first match for GFC this season in style scoring twice early in the match, first with his foot then with his head. The goals flowed from then with CRAIG, ADRIAN, and DOM all adding to the score line before half time. DOM was especially pleased with his scoring header, finally breaking his GFC duck. At half time the score was 5-0 and we had the luxury of rotating some players throughout the second half. Our standard of play dropped a little and FC Adelaide scored a free header at the back post, leaving us yet to keep a clean sheet this season. Towards the end of a rather uneventful half we were awarded a penalty due to some clumsy defending, which PHIL stepped up to and calmly slotted.

An all round good game by the boys. Next time we play FC Adelaide we will be looking at scoring plenty more goals.

At least two boys missed out this week due to our excess of numbers, with selection coming down to dedication to training make sure everyone makes it out to at least one session.

~ DP

R3 : 30.04.2011

First team: Red Blue Eagles 3 v 1 Gleeson FC

GFC headed to Grange in search of their first 3 points of the season.

Again, pushing the ball around well and carving out the opportunities GFC found TOOTS and PEROTTI with loads of space. Against the run of play however it was the hosts who took the lead. With Red Blue Eagles now more confident the game evened out and GFC held their lines well like the rock solid defense of Chelsea Football Club.

However, 5 minutes from half time RBE scored again from a very well taken finish from an innocuous long ball. STEF was left helpless reminiscent of the beach ball incident against Liverpool FC. The result this time was not fantastic as GFC went into the break 2-0 down.

Coach MICK urged the group to respond but after 4 consecutive corners 5 minutes into the second half, they found themselves 3-0 down! To their credit, GFC pulled one back through a superb half volley finish from CHRISTIANO, and now with their tails up and 20 minutes left went in search of a second and third. GFC mystery man ASH had a shot well saved from the keeper and a number of other opportunities went agonizingly close.

After pressing hard for the remainder of the game the goals never came and GFC were left gutted as to why more than 1 goal never came. Next week 3 crucial points against arch rivals Iggies are needed.

~ AM

Reserves: Red Blue Eagles 2 v 1 Gleeson FC

GFC travelled to the west this week for a tough match up against the Red Blue Eagles at Grange. The boys started strong moving the ball around well and controlling both possession and the game early. MARZ had stepped up from the C’s and his inclusion made an immediate impact with great control of the team through the middle of the park.

RB Eagles took the ball into their attacking half for the first time midway through the first half and converted their first chance to take the lead. GFC continued to dominate the game moving the ball well and creating a couple of half chances that they were unable to convert. Late in the first half GFC were awarded a free kick around 25yards out and GIBBS stepped up to the plate. SPINKS made a darting run across the box creating some indecision for the keeper who was well beaten in the top corner by GIBBS in true Gerrard style to level it up at 1-1.

After the break GFC continued to dominate possession and field position but were unable to convert it into an advantage on the score board. Coach COOCH made some changes in an attempt to chase the win and R. SAVASTA looked lively up front pressing the defense and creating some chances while FUNI FAGAN was also attempting an overhead.

Unfortunately the Ref was unsighted by his hat that was being worn very fashionably to one side and did not see the offside flagged by the linesman and allowed the winning goal to RB Eagles to make it 2-1. GFC continued to look for the equalizer and controlled the game but could not find the back of the net.

One highlight of the game was seeing the GFC boys attempting to tape up HAIRY’s chin with electrical tape after he was opened up as a result of a head clash… Unfortunately the first aid kit was with the A’s in the dressing rooms some 500m away…!

Next week sees GFC taking on the old rival Ignatians at home in a triple header. Come out and support the boys as they chase their second win of the season.

~ NS

C team: Adelaide titans 4 v 4 Gleeson FC

GFC collected their first point away from home this week in a high scoring rollercoaster of a match. Many thanks to our supporters and the A and B grade players who came down on this wet and miserable day.

GFC dominated the first half with ROBBIE S continuing his fine form scoring a first half brace. A single lapse in defense resulted in a 1-2 half time score line.

Titans took the game to us in the second half. First scoring from a one on one with the keeper after a long ball caused a break down in our defense. Then not long after this BEN attempted to clear a loose ball out of the box instead smashing it into the roof of our own net (he later dedicated this fine effort to his new born son Vincent, welcome to the club). To our credit the team fought on and ADRIAN scored a poachers tap in, after the opposition keeper couldn’t manage to hold on to a free kick from outside the box.

Frustratingly not long after we finished celebrating we were picking the ball out of our own net again due to a Titans solo effort which trickled over the goal line after he had broke several tackles. With the game at 4-3 and the rain still poring down, we had the desperation required, and after some nice work from KREMER and ROSS moving the ball out of defense, PHIL, who we thought had done his best work running the line in the first half, put one through their keeper hands from distance to draw the match with less than 2 minutes to go.

Although we would have liked the 3 points, we learnt a lot about the determination of our team in this hard fought draw.

~ DP

R2 : 09.04.2011

First team: Gleeson FC 1 v 1 Monarchs

GFC seniors had a point to prove at home to Monarchs with both teams ready for a tough test.

Again GFC started brightly creating several chances and dominating the midfield thanks to maestro's ASH (who was a surprise start) and ANTO, with GEKASPATTO and CARM playing strongly on the wings. Within 10 minutes GFC had the lead thanks to a slick passing move. ANTO found ASH who sent a perfectly weighted ball over the defence to RICCIARDI, who after jostling with his defender whipped the ball across the box to an on-rushing DAN U to provide the finish.

After the goal, Monarchs responded creating a few half chances until in a Kyrgiakos-esque decision, ANTO rashly tackled his opponent on the baseline resulting in a penalty, which was converted. GFC were annoyed at the decision as the player in question was offside by a country mile. The rest of the half was a tussle as both sides tried to force the issue.

After the break, again GFC started sharper trying to break the deadlock, but with tiring legs on both sides, coach Mick made some subs. POTTY replaced the hard working greek, and evergreen ANG was replaced by TOOTS. 5 minutes later ANTO was replaced by ANTH LOPRESTI as GFC searched for some inspiration.

Both sides found tackles flying in, and chances either end as the game was destined for a late goal. It never came, and again GFC felt 2 points lost in the start to their campaign in Div 3.

Many positives out of the game, including another strong performance by JAMES and captain PLANET. Bring on Red Blue Eagles after the Easter break. A must win away from home for GFC!

~ AM

Reserves: Gleeson FC 2 v 2 Monarchs

Round 2 and GFC had their first home game of the season. The boys started well with some strong challenges to set the tone of the game. It was a tough slog with Monarchs not holding a clean formation forcing GFC out of their formation and into a scrappy match. GFC moved the ball well in patches and showed that they were in control of the game.

Midway through the first half GFC took the lead through a well worked set piece when GIBBS whipped in a nice corner and HAIRY slotted it home with a nice glancing volley, similar to those seen at Anfield in front of the KOP. The lead was unfortunately short lived with some lapses of concentration by the boys and Monarchs finished to make it 1-1.

GFC took the lead again when SPINKS turned the defender outside the box and made a run towards goal beating the away keeper at the near post. The goal was just reward for some quality movement through the middle of the park by the home side running Monarchs around in the hot conditions.

Once again some lazy play from GFC gifted Monarchs with another chance late in the half which they took to level it up at 2-2.

The second half was a real dog fight with some solid challenges from both sides and some missed chances by Monarchs to end it at 2-2, a fair result considering the close nature of the game.

The boys get a week off heading into the Easter break undefeated and look to return and take all 3 points away from Red Blue Eagles at Grange.

~ NS

C team: Gleeson FC 4 v 1 Monarchs

In front of a good sized crowd of team mates and supporters, GFC got a well deserved 3 points against Monarchs. It was a great improvement from the boys, who took great heart from the occasion, with the first home triple header of the season, and wearing the traditional black armband.

GFC dominated all over the pitch in the first half. ROBBIE S opened the scoring, slotting the ball past the keeper after some confusion, with the opposition unsuccessfully appealing for offside. Monarchs didn’t look like getting through the defense, until a hand ball in the box from an attempted clearance resulted in a penalty, which was well hit into the top right corner. A credit to the boys, nobody dropped their heads and GFC managed a few more attacks on goal before half time.

It wasn’t long into the second half when NINO slipped one under the keeper to make it 2-1, this not long after he had a goal questionably denied by the opposition linesman. ROBBIE S got his brace with a great solo effort and strike, setting the bar high for best goal of the season. MICHAEL S finished the game off in style after receiving a pinpoint ball from MARZ, collecting his first for the season and a family hattrick for the day. ROMEO made a late 2 minute cameo appearance, desperate to get in on the goal feast, he chanced his dodgy hammy and pinged it on his first run on goal, grabbing it like he had been shot in the back of the leg.

It felt great to sing the team song, now that all the new boys know it, GFC are all looking forward to belting it out many more times this season.

~ DP

Cup : 02.04.2011

First team: San Marco 3 v 0 Gleeson FC

GFC showed signs of a solid preseason with an outstanding passing display in the first half of the cup tie with San Marco.

Dominant in possession, GFC failed to take any chances and against the run of play were 1-0 down when a failed offside trap led to a smart finish from the opposing striker. After being put through, Perotti chipped the keeper, with the keeper making a fine save - albeit 3 metres outside the box and to GFC's dismay was not shown a yellow, red, or given a freekick against. With some tackles flying about and a referee unaware of the rules of Football, GFC went into the break 1-0 down and slightly disheartened.

For all the possession and neat passing, GFC lacked the final ball to cause the home side any real danger but half way through the 2nd half captain Pauly had the chance to level when Christian was brought down in the box by an onrushing keeper. Referee of course only showed the yelllow card on a goal scoring opportunity. Pauly stepped up before the whistle blew and hit the crossbar, and after some congesture retook for the same result - this time the ball sailing slightly higher. That didnt deter GFC too much as they pressed for the equaliser.

After soaking up the pressure and an incident which saw a player from each side be sent off, San Marco went on to capitalise and finsh the game stronger - eventually running out 3-0 winners.

Promising signs for the team regardless of the result and lets look to Round 1 for a big game against Pumas boys.

Reserves: Seaford 0 v 3 Gleeson FC (forfeit)

Match forfeited by Seaford. A tad disappointing from GFC's view as the B's were eager for a hitout ahead of round 1 next week.

C's R1 : 02.04.2011

C's: Gleeson FC 1 - 1 Adelaide Comets

Only a last gasp equaliser prevented the Gleeson FC C's from recording an historic first win for 2011 over Adelaide Comets.

A solid first half display saw GFC take the lead after numerous chances. Romeo put Fagan through for a smart finish in front of an on-rushing keeper. 1-0 was how it stood at half time with plenty of work still to do. GFC went looking for the 2-0 lead which never came and credit to Comets who ran out the match better and snatched the equaliser at the death.

Cheers for some of the Comets boys for sticking around for beers and a BBQ.