By BBC* northern correspondent, Lucas Barsby.
*Blacks Broadcast Channel
Men’s Premier Reserves
Tuesday evening saw the Blacks head out for their first competitive hit out of the season against Sunday Premier side Modbury Vista. Vista hosted Adelaide Uni on their hilltop pitch in Wynn Vale where playing conditions were made difficult and slow with very long grass on the Modbury training pitch.
The first game of the night was played in twilight with clear conditions allowing for Uni to score 2 set pieces with the aerial threat of Luke Gardiner scoring from a well worked corner delivered by Joe Henderson.
The second goal came as Mahesh Umapathysivam was first to the rebound off the crossbar from a long range free kick from Bastien Llamas, after Joe was fouled with a heavy sliding tackle.
The tough tackling continued from Modbury Vista and in the low point of the night for the reserves, Bastien was forced off injured with a knock to his calf.
Modbury managed to pull one back before the break as Vista’s Oscar Sanchez finished off the move he started when he latched onto the a spill where new Uni goalkeeper Dwayne Stacey was unable to hold onto a powerful shot from inside the box.
The second half saw more chances from Uni as the game opened up, but the closest the blacks came to a third was when 2nd half substitute Lucas Barsby sent the ball thundering into the crossbar and out after latching onto a cross from Chinese import Leo Zheng.
A string of long range efforts were not finding the target at this early stage of the season, especially with the grass making ball control particularly difficult. 2-1 it finished.
The first team started their match under lights with the threat of unseasonable rain in the air. The game was end to end with some early chances to both teams.
With the pitch making it difficult for Uni to play their ground ball passing, wing play was the order of the day as the Blacks’ wide men getting some crosses in early. The heavens opened midway through the first half making the conditions even trickier, and sending the crowd running for shelter.
A tight contest ensued with Uni coming out with a hard fought 4-2 win and victorious in both matches on the night. Goals were scored by Thierry Folly, Ryan Lewis, Vinny Lobasso and Tor Barry with the quartet of Uni speedsters bagging their first of what they will hope will be many for the 2014 season.
The Blacks will back up again to play their second match in 5 days with 3 matches on Sunday against Sunday Division 2 Munno Para City Soccer Club, as Adelaide University continue their preseason tour of Adelaide’s northern suburbs. Supporters are welcome and can watch Adelaide Uni pushing to continue their winning form from 3pm on Sunday, at the corner of Uley Road and Adams Road, Craigmore.