On Friday evening the Men´s and Ladies´ teams joined to play a Mixed match against Freshfields HC from the UK. Casuals won an entertaining and light-hearted game 7-0.
Today the Men travelled to Porto to play Sport Club in their first league match. After some last-minute disappointments leaving Lisbon, they kept their opponents out for the first 15 minutes but, after Joe Kodde had made a spectacular clearance from a high strike at a penalty corner, they conceded two goals in 8 minutes, with Sport rounding the keeper for the second. But three minutes later Casuals pulled a goal back with a lovely tip-in from João Ralha. Just before the interval they pulled level at 2-2 when an exchange of passes in the midfield found Fred Santos, who waited for the keeper to commit before slamming a backhand shot into the roof of the net.
Sport started the second half in determined mood but, with João Miguel Freitas in goal making several last-ditch saves, it took 15 minutes for Sport to break the deadlock with a fierce penalty corner strike just inside the post. With the Casuals players tiring, the hosts added another goal to win 4-2, but Casuals can be satisfied with a good first performance in difficult circumstances.