Commentary: Danny Kenny
Date: 8th November 2017 Wednesday League
Game 1: Stanley’s Cask V Silver Foxes
With a new start to The Season all teams were raring to go with everything to play for. Tonight saw Stanley’s Cask rise to The Masters League (over 45’s). Having a struggling last season with a mid-table position in Division 2 (over 35’s), these guys are hoping for a better shot in their new division. Given a tough task being paired up against last season’s 3rd placed Silver Foxes.
The Foxes match line up was missing their regular goal keeper Chris Smith, giving the opposition a good chance. They started the game with Andy Carson in goal. The ever dependable George Wooton at 73 years old, our oldest Masters League player finds himself in The Foxes Squad too.
The game kicked off and had a few early chances, one from Dave Jones (Silver Foxes) following a free kick on the penalty spot and a couple from Simon Hughes (Stanley's Cask) but neither team got the chance to celebrate. Jeff Mitchell (Foxes)saw a shot from the left wing go narrowly wide. Simon Hughes had a 'toey' go wide and high of Carson's goal.
Following a pass to the right wing Simon Hilton's shot slips past Dave Aston to make it 1-0 to The Foxes. Hilton and Paul Mackenzie link up with a lovely 1-2 play only to be denied in the end.
A pause in play sees the first substitutions of the night, with Wooton replacing Jeff Mitchell for Foxes and John Knight making his debut of the Masters League.
Stanley’s apply pressure upon The Foxes goal, they see efforts from Hilton and Knight go wide. 10 minutes in, and Stanley's are putting up a good show against their tricky opponents. Two goals from Simon Hughes sees Stanley's taking the lead for the first time in the game; one comes via a shot from Chris Keenan which is saved by the keeper but goes straight back out to Simon who puts it away for the score 2-1.
Mitchell is now back on the pitch to change up game play. Hilton sees another powerful shot hit the back of the net to level things up again. Keenan spots a hopeful shot deflect off Mitchell to send the keeper the wrong way and go into the goal. It is now 3-2 to Stanley's.
Scott Elliott steps up in goal for The Foxes in the second half. Keith Graham carried off a phenomenal full length pitch pass – definitely the pass of the evening! Results in a shot from Knights just skipping wide.
Hughes pulls off a tremendous tackle, taking the ball off the toe of Simon's foot just as he is about to pull the trigger! Paul Mackenzie comes back on and sees his shot from the edge of the box saved by Dave's feet, and follows that up with another shot that goes wide of the goal. Quickly returned at the other end, Knight sees his effort turned over for height by Elliot. Stanley's appear to be tiring now as the Foxes pile on the pressure looking for the equaliser. Shot after shot there is no prevailing goal for The Foxes. Dave Jones has an awkward fall in the left corner and needs some first aid after injuring his left wrist, which ends up with a bag of ice on it on the touchline. Aston keeps Stanley’s in the game deflecting a shot from Mitchell. Will Stanley's be able to hold on for a surprise first game win?
Wooton has a shot from the halfway line but sees denied as it flies wide and high. Dave is unfortunate and his mistake costs his team dear, as his error goes to Simon who passes the ball across the box to Jones who scores the equaliser with only seconds to go. Final whistle blows and the game ends 3-3 and it was an excellent showing from Stanley's Cask.
Final Score: Stanleys Cask (3) V (3) Silver Foxes
MOM - Dave Jones.
Commentary: Danny Kenny
Date: Monday 6th November Monday League week 1
Monday 6 November saw the commencement of the Monday open age (16+) league. Last minute rearrangements were made on the night by Sarah, due to two teams not showing up. Games went underway undisturbed and all teams were fired up and ready to get off to a good start.
Game 1: Xavi Dodgers V Karius 2 Glory
4th place last season Xavi Dodgers, found them up against the reinvented Karuis 2 Glory, previously known as Suicide Squad who previously finished 7th. With a bold change of name Karius 2 Glory are expecting big things in the new season!
A prompt kick off got the season under way, 30 minutes straight to see who would come out victorious. Both teams anxious to get that first goal of the season!
Ian Griffiths, in goal for Karius, was determined not to concede early on and produced a good save to deny Xavi getting that all important first goal. Against the run of play, Tom Griffiths scored the first goal of the game for Karius 2 Glory.
This was followed by a shot from Tyler Gratton, which William Igoc saved with his feet.
Dave McEntee played a smart 1: 2 with the boards only to be denied the resulting shot with a cracking save.
Alex Gregory soon got Xavi Dodgers back into the game with the equaliser.
An early substitution for Karuis seen Jay Caine grabbing his first minutes of the new season followed qiuckly by a shot from Alex.
McEntee made it 2-1 to Xavi Dodgers who were now taking the game.
Xavi, were now applying constant pressure onto the Karius goal with another shot by Gregory, safely pushed by Ian to his right hand post.
2 quick goals from McEntee increased Xavi's lead to 4-1, the latter after a mistake by Scott.
In need of making a drastic change Karius made 2 substitutions, Liam and Jay coming off and Mason and Tom coming on.
Danny Power had a shot saved by Liam, the rebound found Danny with sight of goal again. Efforts denied again this time by the cross bar!
A good tackle by Gregory saw him steal the ball from Mason, a clear shot makes it 5-1.
Gratton pulls a goal back for Karius to make it 5-2.
McEntee appears to kill off the hopes with a quick riposte making it 6-2 to Xavi Dodgers.
Tom Griffiths scores a goal after some nice footwork to make it 6-3.
Tom then passes to Tyler and it's 6-4.
Alex gives away a free kick after pushing Scott on the edge of his penalty area and Tyler scores from the resulting free kick to make it 6-5. It would appear that the comeback is on.
Danny Power scores for Xavi to make it 7-5 to give Xavi a 2 goal cushion again. Liam Warham shoots only to see it saved to the keepers right hand side.
Danny scores another goal to make it 8-5, it looks like the comeback is over. Tom Griffiths scores after winning a 50/50 challenge with Danny. It is now 8-6.
A breakaway by Dave sees him score past Ian Griffiths.
It is now tit for tat as Tom Griffiths scores again for Karius, they are now 7-9 down with only a minute left.
There is to be no comeback from Karius to Glory as Phil blows for full time, although there is a consolation as the keeper gets the Man Of the Match for his busy showing.
Final Result: Xavi Dodgers 9-7 Karius 2 Glory.
MOM: Ian Griffths
Game 2: Paris Ganja Man V Lallanas in Pyjamas
Paris Ganja Man last season’s champions came face to face with last seasons third place Lallanas in Pyjamas. However, the first chance of the night was a cracking shot from the half way line by Ste Ryan (LIP).
Aaron Cairn has PGM's first chance with a sneaky save from Joe Walsh.
After a hand tingling save, Emily comes to the rescue for Joe shipping in some gloves, definitely needed against PGM’s goal scorers. Dillon Power receives a pass off Karl Barker turns and gets the first goal of the game. Nathan Brady sees a hard shot rebound off an opposition player, only to see a more successful opportunity. Brady hits the back of the net to equalise the game. This is followed by a quick second goal for LIP from Kieran Jones.
Dillon has a shot from the left side saved this time by Walsh’s feet.
Brady is successful again and he makes it 3-1 to LIP.
Dillon is in attacking force and a further shot put Walsh to work again. The save seen Power back with possession a quick strike and Power seizes another goal for PGM. PGM fall further behind, Young Brady is on fire and gets his hattrick against the champions. Score 4-2.
Zak Clark sees his shot going high from the left wing and another shot from Power is denied again by Walsh.
Karl Barker having an unusually quiet game, comes from nowhere striking from the half way line closing the gap 4-3.
LIP on the counter taking a whopping two goals, from Kieran Cartwright and Ste Ryan putting them in a comfortable 6-3 lead. Is a shock on the cards? LIP dominating current champions!
LIP are now slowing the game down as they are in control. Jones next attempt hits the post but Ryan scores to make it 7-3.
PGM are not giving up! Hitting back applying the pressure they see a shot by Cairns pushed aside by Walsh with an excellent display of goal keeping. A free kick sees Barker hitting a goal back only for Brady to score again and it's now 8-4.
With only 5 minutes of play remaining, LIP are within touching distance of taking the 3 points. Fatigue setting in for a high pace game, Lallana’s slow down again trying to defend for the remainder.
Time ticking, 4 goals needed for the equaliser, PGM pull a fire from nowhere! Pushing forward, we see an astounding 4 gaols in just 4 minutes from Cairns, Clark and two from Barker! PGM take the unlikely draw and both teams take away a point.
A fast and heated game of two skilful teams! Surely, this is what champions are made of?
Final Score: Paris Ganja Man 8-8 Lallanas in Pyjamas
MOM Nathan Brady