“Is that really the best team we play this season?”
– A disappointed Alex had expected more involvement in this game.
The Herston Hatchets continued their winning start to the season last night by beating QUT ‘A’ 4-0 at Prentice Park. The match, which had been postponed from Friday to allow both sets of players to watch their colleagues at the Brisbane Roar, was much closer than the scoreline suggests. In fact, it was scoreless at half-time, and it was only after a quickfire double in the 60th minute that QUT heads dropped and the Hatchets pulled away.
It had been a dominant start to the season for the boys from UQ, and they were certainly favourites going into this match. However, it was expected to be a much tighter affair than previous outings against QUT ‘C’ and Springfield United. There have been some classic matches between these two sides, including two memorable semi-finals, to add fuel to the rivalry. The match-up is generally a physical encounter, with most of the QUT team forever resentful of their low GAMSAT scores and inability to get into medicine.
It was a combative opening to the match. The solid thwack of QUT studs on Logan’s shins echoed around Prentice Park as Herston tried to get the ball down and play it. It was clear to everyone at the ground, except perhaps the referee, that QUT were intent on bringing Herston down to their level. Captain Steven whooped with delight as he realised he wouldn’t be the only player fouling in this match.
The bulk of the chances still fell to UQ. A nice low cross from Stew was flicked just wide by Trey, and Jack’s corners and free kicks created confusion in the box. Up the other end, stern goalmouth custodian Alex had nary a save to make, and created his own entertainment by dribbling past the QUT striker. Despite this excitement, it was still nil-all at the break.
After the frantic opening stanza, the Hatchets stayed calm and enjoyed their half-time month old melted snakes from the bottom of the kit. They knew their superior strength and conditioning, built up over months of hard training sessions, would tell soon enough.
In fact, it didn’t take long at all. Herston dominated from the opening whistle. A nice turn from Adam I set up Jack for a shot that was well saved by the loudmouthed QUT keeper. Shortly afterwards, veteran full-back Bjorn played a pinpoint pass out of defence into the path of Nick. The Hatchets speedster turned on the afterburners, took one touch and blasted a shot into the top-left corner. It was his seventh goal of the season in just three matches.
Just minutes later, Stewart picked up the ball on the left flank and laid it back to Logan. Eager to make up ground on Nick in the goalscoring tally, Logan tried to curl one into the top corner from outside the box. However, a meddling QUT defender had other ideas, and managed to head the ball perfectly into the other top corner. The referee umm-ed and aah-ed before deciding to award the goal to Logan instead of an own goal.
It was clear at this point that QUT heads were beginning to drop, and the Hatchets midfield was taking full advantage by dominating possession. A typically bustling run from Jack resulted in a cross/shot flashing across goal, that fell right into the path of Trey. He tapped home, and despite the pitiful begging from the QUT defence for an offside call, it was game over in the 63rd minute.
The icing on the cake came in the 78th minute, when Jack slid a cross from the right perfectly into the path of Adam I, who slotted home his first goal of the season to make it 4-0.
With three wins from three and yet to concede a goal, Herston have set the tone for the season and will be looking to continue their good form against Annerley this Friday night. The match will be played at Jack Speare Park MegaDome, and kickoff is at 8:15pm.