New coach makes a winning start ......................................
It was a case of 'The Ancient Mariner' taking centre stage for his official debut as full-time team manager (on a trial basis). Coach Short began proceedings by naming his team, which brought about a short intake of breath, when he named one of the oldest backlines to start a game in Classics' colours. However the high tech coach had full confidence in his new app. which did all the hard work for him. It was so sophisticated that it even pulled the ring on his first after match beverage. The players were wondering if he could steer the rudderless ship on a course that might lead to a destination of security and success. The match also hailed the return of Danny Jensen as well as giving debuts to both Willie Dixon and Sherman Foster.
The match began with little to shout about as it was incident free due to a battle of the respective midfields. The best chances had fallen to the Classics and Alan Massender was unlucky when he hit the crossbar. At the other end of the field, Dean Herbert had not been bothered and was enjoying his time rain bathing. In the 28th. minute Darryl Lawrie sent a great ball through and the resultant left wing run from debutant Dixon witnessed him finishing with a delightful lob over the advancing goalkeeper to give the Classics the lead which their play just about justified. Another good ball from Lawrie in the 32nd. minute released Chris Arcari but his shot unfortunately went across the face of the goal and ended up as a goal kick. A momentary lapse from the reporter clouded the events of the second goal. He remembers a corner kick, possibly from Gordie Macklin. He also witnessed Lorenzo Arcari jump about six feet in the air, doing a back flip and volleying the ball into the net. After intensive research the real story came out: "I ran through unmarked from the corner kick and passed the ball into the net from about three yards out. No challenge from the goalkeeper or anyone else nearby. If I would have missed it, I would of had to quit playing soccer for the rest of my life." With ten minutes of the half remaining Massender began a lovely move down the left and sent over a pin-point cross to the head of L. Arcari but his header hit the right hand upright and bounced out to be cleared away to safety. The score at the half remained at 2-0.
Two minutes into the second half the Classics increased their lead when Lawrie broke down the right wing and cut inside. He momentarily hesitated and it looked like he was going to cross the ball to an unmarked L. Arcari but he fooled everyone and chipped the ball over the keeper to record a goal which was very similar to the opening one. Next it was Macklin causing trouble when he had the opposing keeper scrambling to punch a left wing cross away to safety. Port Moody continued battling and, even at 3-0 down, never gave up the fight for which they shouild receive much credit. With ten minutes remaining another shot from Macklin was forced away for a left wing corner. With just five minutes remaining Moody mounted their best effort and were unlucky not to score. A goalworthy shot was heading for the back of the net but a combnined effort from a falling Herbert and a determined last-gasp slide in by Danny Jensen helped to preserve the first shut-out of the season for the Classics.
Final Score: Classics 3 Port Moody 0 (1-0)
MWG: W. Dixon
Yellow Card: D. Jensen
Crap award: J. Eden