Alexandra Park 10s 5 – Old Owens 5s 2

SAL Minor Div 4 North | March 18, 2017

Scorers: Cass (3), M Brough, E Brough

A merciful week from the heavens above meant that the world famous racecourse was playable. As the tens shuffled in not so gracefully due to St Patricks the day before the thought of pitch 3 was welcomed.

Today needed no introduction as we all know the threat of Old Owens. However since playing them a real spine has started to emerge in the tens and an understanding throughout the team. The game began as a cagy affair much due to the pitch surface and getting the ball down was an issue. Danny McGovern our equivalent of Adebayo Akinfenwa started to get his foothold and linking the play with new man Cass. After exchanges where our defence was resolute and new man Vladimir in goal producing some stunning saves, Cass ran through and won a penalty.

Usual penalty taker M Brough passed up the opportunity to let Cass taste the blood of the oppo and the pride of pulling on the orange jersey as he bobbled it into the bottom corner for 1-0. As the game continued a strong highline kicking uphill into hurricane Zoe we started to find Cass more and more. Danny released Cass and it was 2-0 with a sublime finish which actually broke the net. Before Old Owens had time to settle Cass was put through again and left the defender as Messi did Boateng with another superb finish.

The halftime whistle went and the skipper gathered the troops highlighting the excellent first half we had. Not one person went missing throughout the first 45 and everyone was playing out there skin. Even ex-skipper Andy Brough struggled for criticism from the side-line . We were playing out of our and our tails were up for the second half.

Old Owens came out a lot stronger this half but our defence was managing them expertly, the Brough shield in front was doing a half decent job too with E. Brough’s 6 ft 5 height proving an asset as there central midfield wouldn’t have looked out of place in the NBA. E. Brough then popped up in the box where a spot of pin ball was going on and converted for 4-0. Cass then was taken out in the box and much to his disbelief was relieved off the ball by the skipper as he wanted to muscle in on the act. The penalty was calmly slotted in and it was 5.

Old Owens did manage two consolation goals despite our dominance which is something we can learn from about switching off. The nines also did us a favour beating Norseman as we went back to top of the league. We welcome the nines at home next week, for the weekend of el classico.

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