Tremaine Rimene-Albrett scored two goals. PHOTO/SUPPLIEDFOOTBALL

CHRIS COGDALE
chris.cogdale@age.co.nz

Tremaine Rimene-Albrett was the star for GasPro Douglas Villa as they made the ideal return to the Capital championships last Saturday after a four-year absence.

The 17-year-old scored two goals in their convincing 3-1 win over Western Suburbs in the Capital Four Division, including a screamer from nearly 50 metres.

Coach Dan Pawson said goal came after the ball was played out from the back which Rimene-Albrett controlled with his right foot, saw the goalkeeper off his line, and volleyed with his left foot with the ball falling just under the crossbar.

That made the halftime score 2-0 after Josh McMenamin headed in a Jake Pawson cross for the opening goal in the first 15 minutes.

Rimene-Albrett added the third goal, bending a freekick into the top corner from just outside the box, before Wests scored a late goal to wrap up the scoring.

Dan Pawson was thrilled with the start to the season.

“It’s always good to get three points in the bank first up and to come away from Endeavour Park with a win is a bonus,” he said.

“We only had three subs and had an injury in the first five minutes.

“Wests had five subs, so we ran out of legs in the end, and that’s when they scored their goal.”

The win stretched Douglas Villa’s unbeaten run to 38 matches, dating back to April 2018.

Douglas Villa will play Island Bay United in their first home game on Saturday.

Meanwhile, PIFA Wairarapa United had a 3-6 loss to Western Suburbs Red in a tough start to the Capital Under-17 championship, while the Wairarapa United Women’s Reserves suffered a 1-3 loss to Wainuiomata in the Capital Women’s Division One.

In the Wairarapa Local League Division One, Greytown Fresh Choice kicked off with a convincing 8-1 win over Douglas Villa Fall Protect, Carterton Redbacks beat Wairarapa United Social 3-1, and JT Plastering Masterton Athletic won the club derby over Ziggy’s Glass Presidents 2-0.

Victories in Division Two went to Martinborough, who beat Greytown 3-1, Douglas Villa Skulls, who had a 4-2 win over Greytown Property Brokers, and Masterton McAuley’s, who defeated Featherston 4-2.

There were big scores in the three Division Three fixtures. Carterton Reapers thumped Featherston United 6-1, Greytown Spartans also beat Douglas Villa Mean Machine 6-1, and Masterton Lions were too good for Evergreens, winning 5-2.