The Blacks performed well despite questionable officiating during a tight affair at home against a strong Gleeson side.
SAASL Division 3 Round 9
Adelaide University Black 1-1 Gleeson
Goal: Lucas Bragagnolo
The Blacks were eager to set off on the right foot after a two week break from competition.
Early in the match, a Gleeson striker took a shot from an acute angle and forced ‘keeper Jacob Davey to push the ball away from goal onto the post.
Gleeson continued their early attacks with a counter and their winger took a shot that sailed past the right corner of the goal.
At 18 minutes, Gleeson attacked down the right and slid a ball across the goal-mouth but their shot was blocked by a sturdy Blacks defence.
A freekick over the defence escaped out to the left and the Gleeson player took a shot but Davey saved.
At 38 minutes, Gleeson crossed the ball and Davey eyed it up as it sailed towards goal but misjudged the path of the cross and the ball hit the crossbar.
There was confusion at 41 minutes as the referee decided that Davey held onto the ball longer than the regulation 6 seconds after quelling a Gleeson attack and gave away an indirect freekick.
The Gleeson attacker laid the ball off to a teammate from the freekick and blasted it into the wall of Blacks defenders.
In the final minute of the first half, Lucas Bragagnolo took a long freekick from inside the Blacks defensive half and it was on target as the ball hit the crossbar and bounced down into the goal.
Attacker Joe Henderson was on the scene to follow the ball in to leave the Blacks lead without doubt.<