PEEL United’s amateur first team was defeated 4-3 in an enthralling away encounter to league leaders Emerald FC on Sunday.
Despite going to the sheds at 2-2, most of the first half had gone Peel’s way, but they would come to rue a stack of squandered goal opportunities.
However, it looked as though the visitors would leave with an impressive scalp when David McCarthy completed his hat-trick and put Peel 3-2 up.
It was not to be though as Emerald FC gained the lead after two goals in quick succession.
Peel threw everything at their opponents and were denied a penalty in the closing stages, but it was not to be.
The reserves continued their solid start to 2016, overcoming top-of-the-table rivals Emerald FC 1-0.
Peel dominated possession and had many chances, but could not convert.
That was until the visitors were awarded a penalty on the stroke of half-time.
Ryley Hughes made no mistake, blasting the ball into the bottom-left corner of the net to give United a 1-0 lead.
A solid defensive display led by captain Michael Doyle meant Peel left with all three points and their unbeaten record intact.
Social division two took on Sutherlands Park, with Peel looking to bounce back from a disappointing loss last time.
Unfortunately, Sutherlands had the better of the first half, going in 1-0 up, before United piled on the pressure in the second half, leading to a goal from Ryan Young.
Peel kept pushing, but could not manage a second goal, with the game ending 1-1.
Social division four hosted a youthful East Fremantle at Bortolo Park, but despite a strong start, Tricolore capitalised on two Peel mistakes in the box to lead 2-0 at half-time.
Both teams played a hard second half, but the score didn’t change, handing East Fremantle a 2-0 win.
Under-15s bagged a 4-1 win away from home against Rockingham with goals from Luke Hobson (2), Chadd McCann and Tom Sutherland.
Peel went 1-0 down from a set piece, but were in control of the game, playing some quality football.
Rockingham never recorded a shot on goal as Peel piled on its four goals.
Peel’s division two women went down 5-4 against Brooklands, despite having the majority of possession.
The division six women recorded their first win of the season, 3-1 over Victoria Park.
Peel United host six games at Bortolo Park this weekend, with the 15s kicking off at 9am. The firsts will play Melville at 3pm.