Intercepted ... Meadowbank footballer Rea Wiebus steals the ball from a Roncalli-Thistle opponent at the Showgrounds on Saturday. PHOTO: DAVE NALDRETT

It was a disappointing weekend for the Meadowbank football club as both men’s and women’s teams had losses in the South Canterbury league competition.

The women put up a good fight at the Oamaru Showgrounds but their hard work was not quite enough as they slipped to a 2-1 loss.

Roncalli-Thistle wasted no time opening the scoring, but stand-out player Aynsley Martin grabbed the equaliser for Meadowbank.

The home side’s hopes of either sharing the points or claiming them outright were dashed when the Timaru club was awarded, and subsequently converted, a penalty.

Meadowbank coach Chris Lynch was hoping to get something out of the game but said his side was a work in progress.

“When you’ve got a whole new team of players, it’s probably hard to trust each other – that’s easier said than done.”

Despite flaws in their performance, Lynch praised the women for their hard work and determination to fight until the end.

“Everybody just gave 110%. Once they got into it, they just fought and fought for everything and they just kept going.”

The Meadowbank men were thrashed 7-1 by West End in a first division clash at the Oamaru Showgrounds.

Glen Campbell scored the only goal for Meadowbank, which is finding life tricky back in the top tier.

The Meadowbank second division side was beaten 9-1 by West End’s reserves.

Both the first division men’s team and the women play Pleasant Point this weekend.url cloneAir Max