Peacegood’s men finally get their just rewards

CASUALS have had to wait longer than they probably expected, but they are finally men’s champions of Guernsey.

Nick Bachmann gets out of the way as goalkeeper Jake Le Marchant is beaten by an out-of-shot Dan Gill's clever deflection. (Picture by Martin Gray, 27477126)
Nick Bachmann gets out of the way as goalkeeper Jake Le Marchant is beaten by an out-of-shot Dan Gill's clever deflection. (Picture by Martin Gray, 27477126)

For a team who have always had their fair share of top players, their previous inability to break the Colombians and Indies dominance of the title was perhaps surprising, although they have been up against quality opposition every time.

However, knowing that victory against the defending champions on Saturday would see them crowned for the first time, the men in black rose to the occasion and produced a five-star team performance.

In what has been an intriguing and hard-fought three-way title battle, the comprehensive 5-1 scoreline in such a big game between two of the contenders might seem something of an anomaly, but it did not flatter Adie Peacegood’s men one bit.

They had a game-plan and they carried it out perfectly to get their just deserts.

Peacegood, as always, led by magnificent example and there were also influential performances from Alex Bushell and Nick Bachmann to name just two, but in amongst all the experienced heads, their young guard – Liam Rivers-Moore, Jacob Gomes, Dan Gill and Charlie Clapham – were outstanding.

In contrast, Colombians were well below par and although a couple of big decisions did not go their way, to a man they admitted that they were simply not good enough on the day.

Chris Lowin scored at two short-corners for the victors, while Bachmann, Gill and Clapham also got on the scoresheet. TJ Ozanne converted a penalty stroke for a Colombians consolation.

  • More in Monday's Guernsey Press.

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