The Uni Premier squad rolled on with nine more points from the nine available with all teams still holding 100 per cent league records after round two wins against Adelaide Comets.
This was the first foray under the Friday night lights for the A’s and B’s and both sides made hard work of it, overcoming early deficits to win by a single goal. The Blacks were looking fetching in their brand new kits emblazoned with the return of long time Uni Blacks sponsor ‘The British Hotel’.
The A match was a hard fought contest with some big tackles flying in spectacularly. The Blacks found themselves down early.
The fightback began when Ryan Lewis used his quick feet and awareness to find Oli Gissing who took his first for the night on his left foot with composure under pressure.
Ryan was again the talisman, when he was brought down in the box from another skilful dribble and stepped up to convert the penalty himself.
The game stayed at 2-2 until into stoppage time.
Chances were flying in at both ends with Blacks’ keeper Andy Norman forced into some good saves as he managed to hold the fort.
Oli Gissing then scored the early contender for Blacks goal of the season with a curling effort that finished ‘postage stamp’ top corner on his ‘weaker’ left foot, rebounding back out onto the field from the internal frame of the goal.
The goal sparked mass celebration amongst the crowd gathered at the Metro pitch late into the night and shortly after as the final whistle blew, the pitch was invaded by a mass of black.
It was not all good news for the Blacks, however, with another centre back being taken off with an injury. With Nick Kalatzis watching on from the sidelines in his moon boot, already out for the season with a torn achilles, Matthew Duns went down in the second half but is hopeful of making a recovery as the league breaks for Easter.