Monday night saw the Year 8 football team take on their 3rd game of the season, a local derby against Pindar. The lads started off very well, with some composed passing and excellent forward playing worrying the Pindar defence right from the beginning. Luca Stuttard was instrumental in everything good about our play, receiving the ball at every opportunity, finding through balls to the tireless Josh Marshall and lightning fast Harvey Correia.

St Augs dominance was beginning to show, with a procession of corners almost allowing Joe Moorhouse to get his head on a fantastic Josh in-swinger. It wasn’t to be however, and the much taller, faster strikers of Pindar managed to break, and despite the first of many unbelievable saves from Niklas Smith in goal, he was unable to prevent the first from going on, a well-placed lob just out of reach. Two more goals went in in quick succession, as the wind was taken from our sails a little, but some excellent leadership qualities from the men-mountain at centre back Ed Chamberlain and Theo Dickinson ensured the ship was steadied. 0-3. A wonderful short corner routine from Josh and Luca almost allowed Josh to curl the ball into the top corner, however it was the resulting goal kick that we benefitted from, with Oscar Jennison capitalising on a miskick to coolly slot home. 1-3.

Another Pindar goal just before the break meant we went in at half time 4-1 down, however this did not dampen the lads’ spirit as we came back out fighting, and were much the better side for much second half. Kobi Malone was growing into the game with every opportunity, breaking up attack after attack from the Pindar team with some brilliant reading of the play. Mackenzie Close was getting some joy with his link up play with Josh, playing some wonderful long balls down the line into the open space, for Josh to whip in some glorious crosses.

Luca was constantly testing the Pindar GK from free kicks, attempting to use the elements to his advantage, with skidding free kicks being parried into dangerous areas for Kacper Jura and Joe to capitalise on. At the other end Oliwier Kobus was using his pace and power advantage to ease away the Pindar chances with minimal effort, and the versatile Max Jenkinson was being used in a variety of positions, commanding both left and right back positions, in addition to stepping up into central midfield to provide some bite.

A few late goals sealed Pindar’s victory 9-1, a score that somewhat flattered Pindar as Auggy’s tired legs began to show late in the second half. A much improved performance and the lads should be very proud!