Alexandra Park 3s 3 – Old Meadonians 3s 0

AFA Junior Cup | October 22, 2016

Scorers: Graves(2), Hancock

Saturday brought the joys of the Junior AFA Cup. We were playing Old Meadowians. They had started their season undefeated so we had a test on our hands.

A variety of punctuality for the 3s. Hoping that the winter brings on better attendance or at least a message to say they are going to be late. Our starting 11 from our previous league match was badly affected. However Kurt & I were delighted in the quality thst came in.

We actually started really well on a fantastic looking surface. We have been treated this season and goes to show that patience does come off as well as the wonderful work done from John & Co.

We took the lead thanks to a close range tidy finish from Mike Graves. A trade mark finish. As I write this on Wednesday I’ve slightly forgotten how it came about but we turned the gears up & their defence couldn’t handle it. It did get better soon after with Graves beautifully lobbing the keeper. A fantastic finish where you weren’t too sure if it was going in or not until it dropped.

In the 1st half it didn’t all go our way. Two injuries forced us to change the pack. Players out of position, but this is a squad game & also sometimes you learn more out of position. Especially with Benson at right back. He played well & it will give him confidence that he can play in more positions other than right wing. A few set pieces and one shot on target for the opposition were the few scraps in that 1st half so we were happy with that. The 2nd half & the AP & captain (yours truly) got a little busier.

Old Meadonians turned up the tempo and put us under some real pressure. At times we handled it well. At times I had to make a save or two(that’s why I’m here). It’s a confidence booster to be put under pressure but still gain that clean sheet. Even better when a save is rewarded.

Another reward was given to Richie Hancock. A pass across his body left to right was hit with a fantastic strike. A little slice but what a slice of cake it was. It hit the goalkeepers left hand post & confirmed the 3s passage to play Bank of England in the next round. The referee had a fantastic game too. A young referee who handled all the players very well and made the decisions when necessary. Good luck to him.

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