Goodricke, Alcuin, Halifax and Derwent laid down markers for the season ahead as College Football made its eagerly-anticipated return this afternoon.
Goodricke cruised to a 5-1 win over depleted Wentworth on the 22 Acres, with Craig Macklin (2), Adam Botterill, Ben Smith and Josh Barker inflicting the damage. Goodricke led 4-0 at half-time, but were matched by the postgraduates, who were missing their entire first-choice back four, after the interval. The decision to bring forward kick-off times this season to 11am caused problems for several players across the colleges, but at least allowed participants to take in the Liverpool-Manchester United Super Sunday clash.
Alcuin, holders of the College Cup after beating the same opponents in June, inflicted more misery on Vanbrugh in a stunning 5-1 victory. Joe Cooper, Miles McDermott, Simon Reiss and Christy Cormac (2) were on the scoresheet, with Phil Bowers named man of the match. To compound Vanbrugh’s afternoon, striker Ali Prince saw a penalty easily saved in the second-half.
The Langwith goalkeeper tackles a Halifax player in this afternoon’s College Football action, resulting in a penalty and Halifax’s third goal. Photograph by Justyn Hardcastle.
Derwent beat James 3-1 courtesy of strikes from Ed Lacaille, Anton Murphy and Alex Cooper. John Carroll slotted home a penalty for James, although they failed to live up to expectations. In the other match, Halifax beat Langwith 3-0.
All four matches were overseen by members of the university’s Referee Society for the first time. Next weekend, James have the opportunity to respond against Wentworth, Halifax face Goodricke, Langwith play Alcuin and Vanbrugh take on Derwent.
Udy Onwudike, of Alcuin, assesses his options during today’s 5-1 victory over Vanbrugh. Photograph by Justyn Hardcastle.