After several nights playing friendlies to help familiarisation with the new rules, the new league season kicked off at last. Eight players attended but since it was Willie Fleming’s first night he was excused competitive matches.
Last season Dave Butler and Tom Burns fought out a very close battle for the title. Both played two matches this evening and both started with wins. Burns had a comfortable victory over Baver Bari whilst Dave Butler had to work hard for a win against Dave Gladman with Butler scoring the only goal of the game. The two rivals then played each other in a tense competitive match. Both created chances to score. Burns even had the ball in the net but his strike was ruled out, the referee deciding that his shooting figure had touched a defender before connecting with the ball. Neither player dominated the match and both agreed that the no-scoring draw was a fair result.
Baver Bari also played two matches and unfortunately for him he lost his second match as well. He was level 1-1 at half-time with Colin Day but lost a further two goals in the second half to the experienced campaigner and founder member.
History was made in John Halpin’s match against Martin Phee. Halpin recorded his first ever league win with a 2-1 victory. Last season Halpin had 2 draws and 22 defeats in his league matches. This season promises to be much better! Sadly the camera did not record this historic victory but below is a picture of Halpin playing Willie Fleming.