Eritrea Melbourne United kicked off their ASFA Cup 2015 campaign today in style by putting nine goals past the helpless Townsville Tigers.
The new look side fielded a number of debutantes in their starting 11 but chemistry was not a problem for United as their two new forwards blew up with 3 goals in the first 18 minutes of the match.
Muaz opened the scoring in the 8th minute before the new striker Hussein opened his account for the tournament only 3 minutes later. 7 minutes past before Muaz added a second in the 18th minute and by this point the result of match seemed to be as much of a sure thing as an African mum having a job in the family daycare business.
One of last year’s shining lights of the side Samir continued his good ASFA Cup form by scoring his first goal of this tournament. The scoring continued 5 minutes after the half time interval with Abdul converting calmly from the penalty spot before the pacey Hassan Ahmed utilized his asset to get in behind the defense and slot in the 6th goal of the game less than 2 minutes after he was brought on as a substitute.
The Muaz and Hussein show seemed to be booked for a second screening as Muaz completed his hattrick in the 68th minute. The goals continued to pour and the rain followed suit as the heavy showers added insult to injury to the Tigers who were now nothing more than soaked kittens. Muaz was not about to let their wounds heal just yet, adding his fourth goal in the 79th minute. Hussein scored his second goal with the last kick of the match to score the 9th goal of the game for United without reply, with only the mercy and whistle of the referee saving Townsville from conceding double digits.
The cricket scoreline took United to the top of their group and leaves them in good stead to qualify to the Quarter Finals of the competition. The Tigers need a miracle and Lionel Messi to rectify their obscenely horrific goal difference. They simply did not come to play and they did not even force United out of second gear.
It was a great start for the side under the tutelage of decorated and respected manger Mohamed Hakeem. United would have gained a huge amount of confidence from the thumping but Hakeem admits the Eritreans must stay aware that they will be coming up against teams of much greater quality than their victims today and they need to remain focused and humble.
In other news, earlier United’s juniors side won by the same scoreline as their seniors, with defender Omer Ahmed standing out with his presence in defense and ability to get forward, scoring a goal to partner his clean sheet. It was a dominating performance by the entire side. Yesterday FC Preston and North Melbourne kicked off the ASFA Cup 2015 with the latter coming out 3-0 winners. The match was tighter than the scoreline suggests as North Melbourne ran away with the game in the final 10 minutes.