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Spirits high despite soccer lossPosted in on Friday, 12 May, 2017

The MCC Senior Soccer team was faced with the hard task of hosting South Coast Baptist Soccer Specialist School in its opening group game of 2017. Coach Richard Lacey made several changes from last year’s debacle of a campaign and presented 10 players with their chance to debut for the College.

It was decided to play the traditional formation of 4-4-2 and  Bailey Mullins was presented with the captain’s armband for 2017.

Prior to kick-off all the boys were in good spirits, led by the experienced campaigners, Mullins and Sam Macgregor. Macgregor, who was making his long awaited debut, was called early when South Coast slipped through MCC’s sleeping defence, resulting  in Macgregor pulling off a world class save.

Mandurah’s 2017 opening game was in full swing and the boys were in cruise control, dealing with what ever South Coast could throw at them. South Coast won their first corner  just before the 15-minute mark;  Macgregor dealt with the resulting corner with ease and releasing MCC’s left winger Jack Kirby early. Jack released Mullins who linked up well with Isaac Lowe and produced MCC’s first serious attack of the game. Mitch Green, along with youngster Josh Macgregor, were keen to rally the troops and push forward and seek MCC’s first goal of the game which almost came through a solo effort from Mullins.

Andy Snook, who was playing in an unfamiliar role on the right, was being given a torrid time from South Coast’s number 17 which resulted in Macgregor being called upon on a frequent basis. The 20-minute mark had passed and MCC had the visitors still locked at 0-0 and becoming frustrated. South Coast made a tactical change and introduced former MCC student, Harry Collins, into the middle of the park which brought instant success;MCC conceded their first goal of the game. MCC, still with the belief instilled from their coach, pushed forward and piled pressure on South Coast’s experienced defence, but as the opposition drove forward Mandurah’s defence started to tire and holes started to appear. South Coast sensed their opportunity and managed to score two quick goals before the half-time break.

MCC had held one of the favourites to take out this year’s Western Australia Schools competition to just three goals in the opening half;  Macgregor, who had saved 16 shots in the opening half, pleaded with his defence to remain focussed and determined. MCC made several changes at half time and introduced Nick Bygate and Jack Atkinson into the heart of defence.

The second half soon got underway and Mandurah’s new centre half players,  Bygate and Tom Dicker,  had the half-time words still ringing in their ears and were sticking to their opposition players like bees to a honey pot.

Bygate, who has come through the MCC school soccer ranks, lunged in to steal the ball from South Coast’s dominant striker but was turned and left Macgregor one-on-one, who was unable to stop South Coast from recording their fourth goal.

South Coast started to push forward with ease but in true Macgregor style he withstood everything they threw at him. In MCC spirit the boys never once dropped their heads and gave up. Josh Macgregor pinched the ball in the middle of the park, burst through and drove deep into South Coast’s attacking third, released Kirby who calmly finished with a low shot in South Coast’s bottom right hand corner.

MCC gave one final push forward in the final 10 minutes but were unable to reduce the deficit.

The final whistle was blown and South Coast had recorded their first win on the 2017 campaign.  Mandurah Catholic College next face newcomers, Mandurah Baptist, and will be looking to bounce back and secure a win. A special mention needs to be made of all MCC debutantes and man of the match, Sam Macgregor.

3 points: Sam Macgregor
2 points: Bailey Mullins
1 point: Josh Macgregor

Mr Richard Lacey
Team Coach