With a few new faces to last year’s team, Blackstone took to our home field to take on Mansfield in the top division. The early run of possession favoured the Dragons and at the 5’mark, Isaak penetrated their Mansfield backline and slotted our first goal past their keeper. We didn’t have to wait too long with another movement building up from the back finding our striker Jonas. Jonas has wonderful vision and with a pin point pass, put the ball on a platter for Jayden who was unmarked. Jayden slotted the goal home into the top right corner. Mansfield played their way into the game and put pressure on Buster who made a great one-on-one keeper save. Just before half time, we picked up our third goal with a lovely strike by Ben following movement up our left wing. We had plenty of shots on goal and probably should have had a few more in the bank by half time.
With the second half commencing, the boys picked up and continued with the same effort and possession. The team had gelled very nicely and were stringing together passing movements that were smooth and deliberate, picking out a Blackstone player every time. JB had an opportunity on goal after being moved into the left wing position. His volley shot rocked into the post and was unlucky not to find the net. Each attack from Mansfield was being nullified until 55’mark when they crossed the ball and the ball bounced up into the hand of our trusty centre back inside the 18 yard box. The ref pointed to the spot and the Mansfield player slotted the ball past our keeper. The score was now 3-1. Blackstone kept pushing and despite the hot conditions taking their toll, Ben was rewarded with a second goal after the keeper initially made the save but wasn’t able to keep his strike out of the back of the net. Very happy with the way out team controlled the game and moved the ball up the wings and through the middle. Fantastic game from Ben, JC and Blair. Tim was unlucky with a number of shots going just wide of the goal. Well done lads opening the season with three points.
Full time result Blackstone 4 defeated Mansfield Eagles 1