Ashley outplay Blues

2014-04-24 00:00

ASHLEY Football Club’s over-35 side took to the field last week to meet PMB Blues in their final pre-season warm-up match before the league starts this week.

After a few weeks of inactivity, team manager Sebastian Olejniczak was a little concerned the lads would be a touch rusty, but all fears were eliminated in a clinical 6-0 thumping, with Hayden Vincent bagging a hat-trick.

It took five minutes for Ashley to open the scoring when Vincent found the net. From the early exchanges it was clear Ashley were dominant and before half time, the lead was doubled when Cliffy Govender added a second.

Such dominance allowed Olejniczak the opportunity to experiment with some changes in the second period, one being to change the format to 4-4-2 after injury to Matt Kidgell.

Vincent scored his second goal and Heiko Kayser made it four as the Pietermaritzburg side started running out of steam. Not satisfied with a four-goal advantage, Ashley drove more nails into the opposition’s coffin with Blaine Meyer getting his maiden goal for his side and Vincent completing his third.

Such a scoreline allowed Olejniczak to bring himself on for a trot at left-back and he was proud to announce he had a 100% pass rate at the final whistle.

Kayser and Elvis Govender were superb in controlling affairs in midfield, but the man of the match was clearly Vincent for his goalscoring and sniping runs that kept the opposition on their toes.

Great news for the club was the addition of two further over-35 sides. While Olejniczak’s team take on the league, the Ashley Dimalinx side are a social side coached by Paul Duffy and Ashley United are a feeder team run by Heath Wilbraham.

Playing their first friendly, the Dimalinx side were on the receiving end of a 6-1 drubbing from BOB (Brettonwood Old Boys) after holding their own in the first half.

At the break, it was 2-1 to BOB but with Ashley losing their keeper to injury, they fell away in the second half. It was not all doom and gloom though, with patches of constructive football indicating the team will get better as the season progresses.

Ashley United suffered a similar fate against Highway United, going down 5-1 to their Hillcrest neighbours. Ashley did score first through George Campbell but a wobbly second half saw Highway capitalise and win going away.

In other friendlies, FC Burrough beat Hillary 6-0, goals coming from Peter van der Vlies, Mark Davies, Andrew Mortimer, Craig McIntyre and a brace from Kenny Bevis.

Manager Brett McIntyre’s boys controlled and dominated matters from the start and he was as satisfied as a football manager could be … until the next game.

Man of the match was Andrew Mortimer for his tireless performance.

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