Scorers: Clark, Spencer, Walsh
Still looking for our first win of the season AP Vets travelled to Southgate to play Old Minchendenians.
Taking to the oppo’s well maintained big pitch AP started well making good use of the wings on a large playing surface.
We created a few half chances in the first 20 minutes but couldn’t find that decisive piece of play to unlock the oppo. With Tom and Janno dictating the play in the middle of the pitch the oppo were also trying their luck down the channels but Paul Moruzzi and Dino were repelling their attacks with the help of Derek and Tony.
Gus made a good save when their forward got a snap shot away, gathering the ball at the second attempt.
At the other end Tom cut through the oppo’s backline only to have the ball nicked away from him at the last moment. Tom also went close with a header over the bar from a corner.
Ross was busy upfront as usual making a chance out of nothing but putting the resultant shot wide of goal.
With AP applying more pressure Wayne had a shot, their keeper scrambled across goal to palm the ball away.
0-0 at half time.
The legendary Sir Grimes turned up to cheer us on for the second half and we continued to dominate possession with Mike Pollard working tirelessly down the left wing. Any sniffs the oppo attack got were being excellently dealt with by Grant and Co.
AP finally made the breakthrough when their right back was beaten by some nice skill and an enticing cross along the goal line was turned back by Joss for Ross to side-foot home.
It was predominantly one-way traffic and the second goal would put the game to bed.
This came when a cross field pass from the left dissected Minchendenians centre backs, Ross beat the on-rushing keeper to the ball, pulled it back to Tom, who steadied himself to score.
With Pat McGlogan, Janno and Tom rotating in midfield we were making further chances with their good movement and passing.
The third goal came when Mike was fouled just outside the left side of the penalty area. The resultant cross from the free kick by Doug cleared the 4 man wall to the back post where Tony buried his header into the net.
So a 3-0 win to get us up and running. It was an excellent performance and it could be seen that we starting to understand how to play Vets level football and what as players we are and are not capable of.
Mention should go to Old Minchendenians who were very hospitable both pre and post match.