Photography: Laura Bailey
FX Union, one of the two university teams playing in the West Cornwall Sunday League this season, opened their league campaign with a 5-1 defeat to a well-organised Troon FC side. Union took the lead in the first half thanks to Chris Aoun, who coolly slotted hope via the post after some good work in midfield by George Barrell. However, Union’s lead was short lived as soon after Troon equalised and went on to dominate much of the first half, scoring two impressive free kicks and a further 2 goals. Christian Cox was in goal for Union and made a string of fine saves to ensure the score did not spiral out of control. The half closed at 5-1 to Troon FC, with Union leaving themselves a mountain to climb if they were to take any points from the game.
Union came back out second half with an intent and purpose that had been severely lacking in the first half. The Union defence managed to nullify the Troon attack that had been so potent in the first 45. In particular, Jai Sadiwala put in a fine display at right back, often marauding down the right flank looking to supply service for the Union attack. Another standout performer was man of the match Melchior De Clezeau, who sat in the defensive midfield role protecting the back 4 excellently and often setting up Union offensives. As a team, Union gave a far better account of themselves in the second half and despite not scoring, were a constant threat to the Troon defence with Daniel Wilcox and Phil Doherty linking up well in attacking areas and going close to adding to Aoun’s early opening goal.
The game closed at 5-1, a hugely disappointing result for the Union boys but their second half performance will give them confidence going into this Sunday’s home clash with Porthleven FC. Manager Guill McIvor commented that despite the immense disappointment of Sunday’s result, he is “buoyed by some encouraging performances from news signings”, who have all settled in well since their arrival this month. McIvor also revealed Unions draws in the two cup competitions they will be competing in this season. Praze FC awaits Union in the League Cup, whilst the boys will be looking for revenge when they host Troon FC in the County Cup on the 25th October.
A minute’s silence was held before the game in memory of Dave Curnow, the promising 20-year-old Cornish footballer who tragically lost his life earlier this month.