Narrabundah FC has become the Yass Think Technology Redback’s first victim of the 2012 season, losing 0-1 at home.
Yass was far from perfect on Saturday but still proved too good for its Canberra-based opponents, with a late goal clinching the win.
Youngster Jarrod Porter was the difference on the day, making the most of his opportunity and getting one past the keeper for the only goal of the match.
Grant Taylor said that missing players hurt his side and he wasn’t overly happy with the performance.
“It was a close game but we didn’t play particularly well,” he said.
“We had a few guys out, and we still don’t have our regular goal-keeper back, but a win is a win I suppose.”
Man of the match honours went to Cameron Betts, whose strong work in the backline ensured the opponents remained scoreless for the entire game.
The Redbacks will play at home on Saturday against Belwest.
The news wasn’t as positive for Yass’ other men’s side which lost 5-0 to a strong Weston Creek side.
Yass, which bounced back last week after a horror showing against ANU in the first round, never looked in it on Saturday.
Yass hasn’t beaten the Weston Creek outfit in five years and the players were run completely ragged.
Despite some strong performances by Craig Barrett and Jeremy Jackson, Yass eventually succumbed to the loss.
On Sunday the Yass women’s side, sponsored by the Aussie Hotel, also ran into a tough opponent.
Mid-way through the second half, opponents Belwest snatched the winner thanks to a good through ball and a solid one-on-one finish.
Despite some late scrambling the score didn’t change.
Coach Garry Lennon said he was happy with his players efforts and that the other team was just better on the day.
“We didn’t play particularly bad, we stuck to our plan and played okay, but they were just a bit better.”
The women’s next match is at Calwell on Sunday.