Okay this was dumb.
There is nothing I dislike so much as fake difficulty.
You know, when due to circumstances the heroes present a poor showing against the antagonist, not reflecting of their true abilities, and end up looking like losers and all that? Yeah...
It was the same with Lucy's first match.
Hell, I have nothing against Fairy Tail losing (and in fact I have been waiting for it for white a while) but the whole 'Aquarius ditches Lucy... yet again in a situation where she could have won things for her'... yeah..