All three sides were defeated by Salisbury Villa in games played in variable conditions. The intensity and tempo shown by United in the early rounds all but disappeared down in Parafield Gardens on the weekend.
United teams paid their respect and wore black arm bands in memory of Shirley Toogood, wife of former Club President and Life Member, John Toogood. Shirley and John's three boys Peter, Glen and Kym all played for United.
United almost stole a point after scoring late and applying pressure to the Villa goal mouth by deploying all outfield players forward.
Villa deserved the win by capitalizing on its control of the midfield with two first half goals. United had to wait until the 85th minute when Dan Ames leapt higher than the rest to steer the ball into the net following a good cross from Graham Alympic.
The last play almost pinched it for United, when Goal Keeper Fintan Heaney released Dylan August into a wide channel. August's deep run and pinpoint cross into the path of the fast moving Harley McFee, however McFee's first time shot went over the bar.
In a repeat of the earlier game, Villa elected to run with a favorable breeze and used it to their advantage and piled on three first goals from a mixture of long balls and swift counter attacks.
United's Matty Groves played well across the midfield and striker Walter Monoja was proving a handful to the Villa defence with his sheer speed in an improved second half performance, but that wasn't enough to stop Villa scoring their fourth unanswered goal.
Villa started quickly and used the conditions to their advantage to put United on the back foot with three first half goals.
Villa ran out the second half with two more goals, to continue United's poor start for the season. On a bright note it was good to welcome James Mulders and Chi Huynh back for their first game in 2019 as they both made good contributions in albeit a losing side.
Next week is the first round of the Challenge and Reserve Cups with A grade travelling to Andrews Farm and B grade playing away to Unley United. Both games are against Sunday league teams who have started off well, Unley United are undefeated and Andrews Farm have won four out of their opening five games.
A grade: Salisbury Villa 2 def Murray Bridge United 1
- United goals: D Ames 1
B grade: Salisbury Villa 4 def Murray Bridge United 0
C grade: Salisbury Villa 5 def Murray Bridge United 0