After a 4 month and well deserved break Rosehill went into the much awaited derby game against East Brighton Community Football Club full of positive thoughts for the first game of the season and the only game to be played in the Premier today.
On an excellent pitch, which always suits Rosehill's style of pass and move football Rosehill set about EBCFC from the start and dominated play for the first 25 minutes. Rosehill went close with a Zac Scott header and strikes from Craig and Diney were excellently saved by Nathan Davies the East Brighton keeper.
With chance after chance going begging Rosehill finally scored their first competitive goal of the season in style lobbing the keeper from 20 yards from a tight angle. Five minutes before East Brighton hit the post from a quick counter attack.
Rosehill continued to press and bossed the midfield with plenty of movement and short passes which were really effective and in turn giving the forwards plenty of opportunities to score again.
Rosehill went into the break 1 up and could have been 6 or 7 had it not been for the excellent keeping of the EBCFC keeper.
Coming out for the second half Rosehill continued to dominate and the EBCFC midfield found it tough competing against Rosehill's Jack Doe and George Rudwick. Going forward Ben Stonham and Zac on the wings caused havoc for the East Brighton defenders with Diney being both footed, coming close on 3 occasions before he scored the second goal on 62 minutes from a Craig Anderson assist.
Following this East Brighton continued to press but the Rosehill defence of Nathan Bowen, Chris Beck, Max Derkson and captain stood resilient and keeper Adam Devlin in his 6th season with Rosehill produced a world class save to deny East Brighton.
Rosehill could have scored another three goals before scoring the 3rd with a Jack Doe debut goal in the 70th minute following some great work from Ben Stonham.
Rosehill were at their best today on a small pitch, particularly small on width and had it been a larger pitch the score would have been a lot more.
The East Brighton midfielders and forwards were not given a chance against the dynamic Rosehill during the game. When they had the ball in defence the only options available was the long all as Rosehill forwards closed down the E.B defenders at every opportunity and mistakes were made.
Some of the football Rosehill played today was superb and although E.B. never gave up they only had 2 chances all game and Rosehill having a good dozen.
The attitude during the pre match warm up and throughout the game was truly excellent and the discipline with the team shape at all times being crucial to the result was another reason that Rosehill won this game.
Thanks to all those who came and supported Rosehill today and we did not let you down.
Man of the match Mike Jones in his role as captain was a true captain on the day, encouraging when he could with the young players and did not put a foot wrong. Adam although only having a couple of shots on his goal to save was focussed throughout the game. Nathan and Chris as centre backs were superb together and Max on the right did not put a foot wrong. George and Jack in front worked tirelessly defending and linking up with Diney, Ben and Zac. Diney is looking to be at his best soon given his performance today and with him being able to pass and shoot with each foot will only get better fitness and playing wise as the season moves into September.
Craig, Zac, Ben were a class apart going forward and were always causing the EB defenders grief.
This was a clinical display by Rosehill, everyone was focussed from start to finish, discipline was excellent and the atmosphere on the field was first class and looking good for the season.
Bring on next week for the second game of the season with Rosehill starting at the top of the league against The Black Horse at Patcham Place