The first chance of the match fell to Thomas after one of several lung-bursting runs down the full length of the right wing, shooting just wide. Subsequent Poynton possession was soaked up by a well disciplined defence, with Matt also producing the first of several good saves. After Poynton eventually broke the deadlock, WACS came back with several excellent team moves involving James, Isaac, Sean, Ben, Jack and Oscar that tested the opposition keeper. A deserved equaliser finally came from Thomas, cutting in from the right wing to finish from a tight angle. Poynton went ahead again shortly, but a fabulous long pass from Matt in goal found Isaac in space who fed James to level. The quarter finished 2-2.
The 2nd quarter started well, with gritty play in midfield from Jack and Isaac forcing a good save, before Poynton started to take control. Liam prevented a certain goal with a clever run across his attacker, but Poynton scored in the next move. WACS rallied with a 13-pass move involving Thomas, Ethan, Ben, James, Harry and Isaac, forcing a couple of good saves and finally a shot just wide. Sadly this was as good as it got in this quarter, with Poynton immediately scoring a quick breakaway goal and then running riot (not helped by a couple of injuries to WACS) to go into half-time 2-8 up.
The 2nd half opened with a goal apiece: Poynton scoring from a well-drilled attack, before Ethan took advantage of a gap that had opened in their defence. WACS had rediscovered their defensive mojo by this stage, protecting their goal well. There followed a fabulous spell of pressure with the ball pinging between Ross, Isaac, Ethan, Thomas, James, Hannah, Matt and Oscar over 25-passes that forced a number of good saves and near misses but not getting the reward it deserved. The quarter finished with a good stop from Joe in goal to keep the score at 3-12. Legs seemed to tire in the final quarter.
Although the record shows a 3-17 defeat - and a talented Poynton team deserved their win - this belies some genuine positives. The 1st quarter was without a doubt the best I have seen this WACS team play. In that form they would give any opposition a run for their money. We can look forward to some positive results when they find the consistency to play like this across 60 minutes.