Sunset FC opens with win over North Side

Sunset Football Club picked up three valuable points as they opened their 2017/18 CIFA Men’s Premier League campaign with a 3-1 win over North Side SC at the Annex on Saturday, 14 October.

The scoring opened in the 6th minute after a North Side player was adjudged have handled the ball in the box and a penalty kick was awarded to Sunset. Peter Boda stepped up to the spot and easily put it on target to give his side the early lead.

However, nine minutes later, the fates were reversed as North Side were the ones to take a PK after a handball in the box. Christopher Kerr did what was asked of him and after a quarter of an hour of play, the scores were level.

That’s how things would stand until just before the halftime whistle when Thomas Elliot – back in Sunset colours after time with Scholars International – got down low and headed the ball past the keeper to give Sunset a 2-1 lead into the break.

Evans Chacon extended the advantage in the 63rd minute.

A golden opportunity presented itself to North Side in the 69th when Sunset’s Jon Bruton was cautioned for a tackle and a penalty awarded. Kerr was once again called upon to deliver from the spot but his mind might have been elsewhere as he squandered the chance with a shot nowhere near the target and appeared to sail into the night sky before landing in the parking lot of George Town Primary School.

North Side tried but ran out of gas and chances, as Sunset took the 3-1 win to open the season.

“A win is always good to start,” said Sunset FC coach Gareth Thacker. “We didn’t play particularly well but we used this game to try and jell. We’ve got quite a few new players in the squad.”

Among the new faces in the line-up were Elliot, and Michael Brown, who also made the switch from Scholars. Coming in off the bench was Stephen Tatum, who captained Cayman Athletic last season. “Sometimes you’ve just got to give them minutes to jell and get used to each other but three points – that’s all we want,” Thacker said.

“We executed our game plan but we can do better,” he said, adding his goal for the season: “I want to be in that top four. We’re not going to win every game but we aim to win everyone.”

Meantime, North Side coach Brenton Wilson assessed his club’s performance and the way forward. “We didn’t play too badly, especially since it was the first game. For the rest of the games, we’ll try out best and put everything together and get the team going the right way.”

He also pointed out areas that need improvement. “We just need to pass the ball a bit more, stop the dribbling and make the early passes.”

As for North Side’s mindset for the season, Wilson said: “You have to play every game like a final. You have to put everything into it.”

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