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Posted: 27 March 2018 at 9:41pm | IP Logged Quote dog

Result: Old I’s First XI 5 – Kings Old Boys 1
(HT 1:1)
Scorers: Jake (x3), Conor (penalty), Alex

Man: Jake
Muppet: Also Jake

Having beat league leaders Southgate in our
previous outing and the form guide showing as
5 consecutive wins, the boys travelled to
North Dulwich full of confidence to play
Kings Old Boys.

Kings sit bottom of the table and we knew
they would be up for the battle scrapping for
points. We have shown we can match the best
in the league, but the pre-match prep talk
was directed at making sure complacency
didn’t kick in and we had to get ourselves up
for the game, despite the nippy conditions
and boggy pitch.

With Liam O’G elsewhere perfecting his scuba
diving, Callum Barton exploring the Red Light
District whilst cheering on England Away,
Kane working on his rugby tackles and Tommy
absent with a broken leg sustained against
Southgate, Dave called up some familiar faces
and we lined up as follows: (4-2-3-1).

     Ryan Barker

Sean Nolan / Pete O’G / Matty O / Jack Barton
                                          
Steve English / Sean McD
                                              
Conor O’G / Renaldo / Alex Youngman
                                                     
Jake Watson

Bench: Ciaran Nolan.

The first half was fairly even with the I’s
slightly off the pace at the start. Too much
Guinness the week before? Their number 4
midfielder was winning his share of the
aerial duels and Kings’ silky wide players
showed glimpses of danger, forcing Ryan into
a good save tipping a shot from distance
around the post.

Whilst not at our best the I’s were still
battling well and before long Steve’s hoof up
field / calculated through ball, found Jake
1-on-1 who neatly tucked it away. 1-0.

Another chance fell to Jake clean through on
goal who should have made it 2-0, but an easy
save for the keeper kept the margin at 1
goal.

Kings then broke down their left hand side.
As his winger skipped past him Sean Nolan at
right-back tried to blame The ‘Beast from the
East’ for the sticky muddy conditions. The
winger pulled it back to their oncoming
midfielder (Ren’s man?) who made it 1-1 just
before half time.

At half-time Matty O gave an Alex Ferguson
hairdryer style assessment of the first half
and we had to up our tempo in the second
half.

The traditional wine gums provided by Alex
Youngman at half-time had worked wonders and
the second half saw a resurgent Old I’s.
High-pressing from midfield, getting the ball
wide with purpose and letting Jake/Alex/
Conor work their magic up top proved
fruitful.

Renaldo slotted into a deeper role and had a
golden 10 minute spell of winning everything
in the air which set the tone for the rest of
us now reacting first to the second balls.

4 goals in the second half with no response
from Kings meant the game finished 5-1 and
overall a deserved win, unbeaten in the
league in 2018 and now 6 wins on the bounce.

A special mention should be given to Jake’s
second goal. A dinked free-kick from Conor
over the Kings defence and Jake with a first-
time swinging volley showing great technique.
Felt a bit sorry for their defenders to be
honest.

Alex Youngman with his tenacious running and
great balance caused their defence nightmares
throughout. He managed to get on the score
sheet himself but was denied what would have
been a brilliant goal having pulled off a
Cruyff turn near the bi-line and crashed a
shot onto the bar.

The game finished with a fairly comfortable
win in the end and at times in the second
half we displayed some of the best passing
moves we have seen this season.

Man- Hatrick hero Jake took the majority of
the votes, seeing off competition from Sean
McD for some good energy and pressing in
midfield and Conor for his 4 assists for the
day.

Muppet- Also Jake. Yes he scored a hatrick,
but what about the 6 he missed??

Other points to mention

-     We’re now top scorers in the league
-     Jack is no longer on free-kicks
having blazed one over the bar
-     Good delivery from both Ciaran Nolan
and Jack from wide left positions
-     Looking solid at the back, great
distribution from Ryan and composure with
Pete and Matt in front of him.
-     All were in agreement the spicy
sausage pasta served up after the game was
pretty tasty
-     Sean Nolan still can’t whack a pint
in a respectful time
-     Don’t pick Tommy in your pub quiz
team

No game next week due to Easter Sunday. Next
up is a trip to Reigatians who have an eye on
the title themselves.

We Go Again!!

Sean McDermott






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