The U-15s played their first indoor game on Sunday morning against Casa Pia Ladies and, in spite of the early hour and only one training session the day before, they looked like they had been playing together for six weeks, not six minutes. That was how long it took to get a penalty stroke, and captain Vicente put the first score on the board for the Casuals. It took him just one more minute to put a second goal in. Then one of the two talent discoveries of the day, Fleur Huijsmans, scored 2 more goals from open play and Vicente made it a hat-trick from a penalty corner to take a 5-0 lead into the interval.
After the break, Casa Pia came out fighting, but the second talent discovery of the day, Kim Huijsmans, Fleur’s older sister, took everything in her stride, stayed calm under pressure and played a very mature game at centre back. Vicente then got his fourth goal from another penalty corner and Marina rubbed salt in the wound with a nicely worked goal in the dying minutes, to close out a convincing 7-0 win. Watch out Lisbon Casuals Ladies!
After a tough defeat against Carris this morning, the Men played a second indoor game against Futebol Benfica this evening. Philip Wenzel put the Casuals ahead with a well-directed tip-in from a great through ball by Fred Santos. Futebol Benfica equalized from a defensive mix-up, but Casuals were holding their own. However only André Rosa’s save from a penalty stroke kept the scores level 1-1 at the break. In the second half Casuals’ play became more and more sloppy – perhaps tiredness from the morning game began to take its toll. Their mistakes were punished with regular goals from Futebol Benfica and left them with a 1-7 defeat.