If this is the last match report you read this weekend this is the summary: we won and we were certainly the better team with fabulous contributions from all those involved. There is no need to read any further however, you miss out on reading about the fun enjoyed by a bunch of senior pros!!
The side consisted of eight very willing strikers so we were all expecting many chances and hopefully a clutch of goals. The defending was left to Susan and Bernie L with Linda B soaking up anything that did manage to pass.
We showed the opposition we meant business and set up camp in their 25. First to strike was Linda P; a ‘pot luck’ strike at goal receiving a lucky deflection off a defender (I don’t think she will be upset for me to say that!) and the ball sank to the back of the net. Well deserved!
The opening goal stirred the opposition and took us all by surprise by driving the ball down the other end to equalise. What would turn out to be a consolation goal.
The game then opened up a bit more – Susan collected a full array of successful block tackles and nice passes in to mid field. Ang, demonstrated her pace …‘look how fast I can run for an O45!’ and Jacqui received and passed the ball; nice and simple…’easy isn’t it?’. Pip played a convincing half back distributing the ball up the pitch to our eager inside forwards.
The second goal for Hawks came from a short corner. A great strike from Rebecca B from the top of the D with a wee deflection from me, the poacher, on the goal line. At this point I would like the reader to know that I am capable of scoring a goal without having to poach. The third goal was a text book training goal the ball was fed to Linda on base line pinged back to me on the penalty spot – back of the net! Great work Linda. Sherene, always hungry for a goal, kept on going on the attack, but not her day today although her work rate as always faultless.
3-1 half time, chat over jelly babies and digestives and keen to wrap up the game with a few more tidy goals.
In the second half the O45’s witnessed what would have been the champagne moment of the season. Sarah D stepped into the D and striked the ball superbly, narrowly missing the top right by an inch. Our hidden talent was suddenly exposed. Hawks continued to put a lot of pressure up front and were again rewarded when Rebecca got hold of the ball in the D and slotted it home to make it 4-1. The game deteriorated a little with some untidy tackling in the opposition D. However, when the umpire shouted play on, through his whistle, Kelly heard the whistle, stopped and missed out on a certain goal (gutted for her, she hardly ever scores goals!). Sophie kept working hard intercepting and pushing the ball through but the final goal came from a lovely assist from Bernie U to me where a narrow gap left by the keeper was found. The final score 5-1.