14.04.2008 – Nick Bailey

Sydney University are still looking for their first win of the season after going down 4-3 to the Bonnyrigg White Eagles in a classic at Bonnyrigg Sports Club on Saturday night.

For the second week running Uni took an early lead, scoring after just five minutes through Aaron Kidd and raising hopes of an upset defeat of the reigning premiers. By the half hour mark it was 1-1, however, with Mark D’Alessandro slotting one home for the White Eagles, before Goran Subara gave Bonnyrigg the half time lead thanks to a 38th minute on target header.

It was game on five minutes into the second half, as Kidd slotted his second of the night to bring the scores level once more. A tense quarter of an hour followed, with both sides looking to break the deadlock, before goals in the 65th and 70th minutes, to Subara and Daniel Willoughby respectively, gave Bonnyrigg a handy 4-2 lead.

Uni weren’t finished with, however, as a James Alcorn strike with five minutes remaining made it 4-3 and set up a thrilling finish.

Despite the gallant efforts of the Students, the premiers held on to record their first win of the season and remain undefeated in season 2008, following their two draws in the opening rounds. It was a much improved performance from Uni on the last time these two sides met, when the Eagles dished out a 4-0 drubbing.

Sydney University Head Coach Bruce Tilt was delighted with the bravery of his charges, “What [the players] lacked in experience they certainly made up for in determination and passion. I think the final whistle could not have come early enough for them, but the spectators wanted more. Any team that goes to the cauldron of Bonnyrigg’s home ground and scores three goals is doing something right.”

Uni now find themselves in 10th place on the ladder after three rounds, with one competition point courtesy of their opening round draw.

On the bright side they remain only 5 points outside of the finals placings, but will need to secure a maiden 2008 victory soon in order to remain competitive, something coach Tilt is well aware of,”Uni may not be getting the wins at the moment but the signs are very positive, and I believe we are still underdone after a disruptive pre-season that had as many as 13 senior players out of action. There is a real buzz around the place that we have some great young players coming through.”

This Sunday in a 3pm Round 4 kickoff Uni take on the winless Central Coast Lightning at University Oval 1, with the match a good opportunity for the Students to join the winner’s circle.

The Under 20’s side ground out a 0-0 draw to ensure they continued their solid start to the season, with a win, draw and loss from their three games so far.

In the Women’s Premier League, Sydney University’s clash with Marconi was washed out, and will most likely be played midweek.