Alexandra Park 7’s 2 – EBOG 8’s 1

League | February 23, 2013

Scorers: Wyn-Dennis, Keverne

Yes another great performance from the mighty 7’s but we oh so nearly shot ourselves in the foot. Never have we dominated a match so much and had so little to show for it. If we had not won this game it would been a footballing travesty to rival the 2005 FA Cup Final (look it up if you are not old enough to remember). We created (and missed) so many chances but had the wherewithal to ground out the victory we deserved.

Right from the kick off we attacked relentlessly, seemly cutting through at will with an number of one-on-one chances which were either hit straight at the keeper or were saved. The cross bar was rattled, the goalkeepers palms were stung and the cars parked either side of the goal were threatened. No one player was able to escape the malaise – midfield, wingers, strikers all had chances but none were taken. Then totally against the run of play the oppo striker broke clear from a plainly offside position. We managed to hold the play up but then a fabulous strike from outside the box left our BAFTA nominated goalkeeper with no chance. It was probably the first time he had touched the ball since the warm up.

After some calming and wise words from our beloved stand in captain we cleared this from our collective minds and concentrated on getting some goals. A great team move led to a flick through from Jack to David and we got a deserved equaliser. We continued dominating in the second half and eventually Tom pounced on a loose ball from the umpteenth blocked shot and put us 2-1 up.

I think our ‘Toronto Film Festival Closing’ goalkeeper was finally understanding what Sir Alex has always said about Man Utd goalkeepers – 85 minutes of inactivity and then you are called into action. This was not helped by a failed clearance from the much loved stand in captain that allowed the oppo striker a one-on-one with the ‘Song For Marion’ net minder in the last few minutes. Luckily (and rather unexpectedly) the writer/director shot stopper was equal to the task and dove (dived?) bravely at the feet of the striker to spare us the ignominy of snatching a draw in the face of a victory.

We are a really good team at the moment and playing some great football – plan for next week when in front of goal:  (1) Whack it harder and straighter (2) Hit the ball either side of the goalkeeper (3) KEEP IT DOWN or I will have to go up front and NO ONE wants to see that….

7th Team / Match Reports