Phoenix open new season with win over champions

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Phoenix's Beau Timmer scored in the opening round.
Camera IconPhoenix's Beau Timmer scored in the opening round. Credit: Laurie Benson Albany Advertiser

Phoenix began the Great Southern Soccer Association men’s premier league season with an impressive 4-1 win over defending champions Caledonians on Saturday night.

In the four-team men’s premier league, Phoenix started brightly as they scored two goals in the opening 45 minutes to lead 2-0 and then added more in the second half on their way to a strong first-up win.

Cameron Dekker scored twice for Phoenix and Beau Timmer also found the back of the net while Caledonians’ only goal came in the second half from Nicholas Fox.

In the other match played at the Western Precinct of Centennial Park, Polonia skipped away to a 4-1 triumph against Albany Rovers thanks to their superb first half.

Youngster Jared Wiegele and Tom Hunt were both vital contributors in the win, as Polonia led 3-1 at half-time. Wiegele scored a brace and was backed up with goals from teammates Jason Wilson and Nathan Griffiths, while Dan Lee scored Rovers’ sole goal.

Two of the three women’s premier league games were played in round one, with Denmark emphatic 7-0 winners last Friday night.

Denmark led 4-0 at half-time and then cruised to an opening round win as they started their tilt at a fourth straight women’s premier league title in convincing fashion.

Royals defeated Port Albany in the other clash, recording a 3-0 victory at the final whistle.

Royals and Polonia were opening round winners in the men’s reserves competition and in the men’s social/vets league played on Tuesday night Old Boys won 6-1 over Cross Keys United in round one.

Mt Barker, Denmark and The Vets were the other round one winners.

Rovers defeated Mt Barker United 3-1 in the women’s reserves league, Phoenix won a tight contest against Polonia and Denmark edged out Port Albany.

In the new women’s social league Bayswater and Denmark White were on the winners’ list in the first week.

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