Men struggle but Lee fires for women

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The first division men’s team had a rocky start to the season, but prolific scorer Caitlan Lee ensured the women were smiling with a five-goal personal haul.

The Meadowbank men were thumped 5-0 by the Timaru Boys’ High School First XI in the first division season opener at the Showgrounds.

First division men’s coach Keith Roach was disappointed with the result.

“It was obviously disappointing that we started off with such a poor performance.”

Due to a loss of players for the first game, the team had to call in reserves to fill in the gaps.

“They did their best, and that’s all we can ask when we call reserves up.”

Roach said reserve player Ben Morrison gave an outstanding performance.

Improving speed, confidence and knowing how other players operated were skills the team would need to work on in the coming weeks.

Meadowbank’s next opponent is West End, and Roach believed the best thing to do now was to “put the game into the drawer and move on to the next one”.

Meanwhile, at Aorangi Park in Timaru, the Meadowbank women’s team got its season off to a flyer with a 5-2 win over Northern Hearts.

Although coach Chris Lynch could not attend the game, he was proud to see the team make such a bright start.

Lee continued her remarkable scoring run from last season by firing in all five goals.

The Meadowbank women host Roncalli-Thistle in Oamaru this weekend.

“They won’t be going in to sit back – they’ll be going in to win,” Lynch said.