THE two QMC men’s football teams had a promising start to the season.

The first team fought out a tight affair with local rivals Farnborough sixth. They dominated early, scoring first through David Cope after a nice assist from Lucas Hamil. QMC unfortunately gifted goals to the opposition throughout the match, with two first half errors leading to two goals. QMC always carried a threat scoring a further two goals in the first half from some quality attacking play.

At half-time things were evenly balanced at 3-3. QMC tired in the second half, allowing Farnborough to dominate possession. They scored early in the half to make it 4 - 3 and gradually took control with a fifth goal to follow. There were standout performances from second year students Aaryan Govande, Sam Bowler and Freddie Bate as well as first-year debutante Lors Nicholas.

QMC II’s started their season off with a bang with a convincing 3-1 victory over Havant and Southdowns. Colby Craig stole the show with a classy hat-trick from midfield and opened the scoring midway into the first half with a strike across goal into the top corner. During the second half Havant had a spell of dominance and looked likely to score. However, they were thwarted with some good saves by Kyron Haughton and a goal-line clearance from Ibrahim Toure. Colby Craig secured the game and his hat-trick late on, slotting home after running onto a ball in behind. Havant and Southdowns got a consolation a few minutes from time after conceding a penalty.