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Southgate Olympic 3 Old Ignatians 2

Scorers: Conor OG, Jordan

Man of the Match: Tommy Martin

Muppet of the Match: Dave OG

Following last week’s win over Salvos we
headed into this game full of confidence
added to by the fact that our opposition were
lying top of the league table and so we
needed to be at our best to get a result.

A number of the team headed up to Southgate
earlier than the meet time to watch the North
London Derby at the clubhouse but we won’t
get into that - onto the only game on
Saturday worth taking note of..!

The starting X1 consisted of Ryan Barker
taking his place in between the posts; a back
four of Dan Porter, Matty O, Peter OG and
Jack Barton; a midfield three of Ren, Tommy
Martin and Alex and a front three of Jason
and Jordan out wide with Conor OG taking up
the central role once again. On the bench was
Steve English and Jake.

The match began with an early spell of
pressure placed upon the Ignatian defence
with most problems coming through their tall,
physical striker. Even though our defenders
marshalled the attacks well, every time we
made the tackle and tried to mount an attack
of our own, the ball seemed to just keep
coming back. S

Southgate were playing a very high defensive
line and we saw that our best option was to
exploit this whenever we could. We clipped
many balls over the top and Jason, Jordan and
Conor OG got in a few times only for the ref
to be very whistle-happy when it came to
giving offsides. The greasy surface also
meant that many passes were just running
through to the keeper.

Just as we started to build up some
possession and establish a foothold in the
game, Southgate broke away through the
midfield, a ball was played outside to the
wing and their striker managed to finish off
a cross smartly from close distance. 1-0. We
came close to adding our own after a shot
from Jack was blocked well but perhaps the
closest we came was when Matt tried to lob
the keeper with a free kick from the half way
line. It was a fine effort and only just
sailed over but we went into half time 1-0

At half time, we discussed our performance
and what we had to do in order to fight back.
Many people made contributions but Jason
popped up with a great speech for us all. It
involved him telling us to get the ball out
to him more so he could finally have a run at
his opposing full back and cause trouble.
Dave clearly didn’t take kindly to Jason’s
words because as soon as he had finished, he
substituted him and on came Steve!

The second half arrived and saw us have a lot
more of the ball and thus we were able to
have a greater impact on the outcome of the
game. Not long into the half, Jack picked up
the ball wide on the left and floated a ball
in behind the defence that Conor ran onto and
swept home to level the score a 1-1. This was
shortly followed by our second of the game. A
cross was swung into the box where Matt was
waiting and he planted an intelligent header
back across goal where Jordan had the simple
task of tapping in. 2-1 to the Ignatians.

However, we weren’t able to hang onto the
lead for very long as a Southgate throw was
headed in from a very tight angle. Matt
complained that he was pushed in the back so
couldn’t compete properly for the ball but
the referee waved away his protests and the
game was again tied at 2-2.

The opponent added a third near the end of
the match when their winger raced down the
line. He managed to squeeze a cross along the
six yard box but when Matt tried to clear,
the ball deflected to the back post where
another of their players was able to tap in.
3-2 and full time.

Man of the match went to Tommy for a
typically combative display in the middle of
the park and Muppet went to Dave for his
brutal decision to substitute Jason despite
his enthusiasm for playing the second half.

Next week we face Kings at home where we can
hopefully bounce back and get some more
points on the board.

Jack Barton

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