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St Marys 5-2 Paulines IV
Saturday 10th October 2009
The mean, lean, Third-Machine continues to roll steadily on. Today the team were looking to continue their good run of form against league rivals, St Pauline’s. The game had added spice due to the previous encounter between the two teams on the opening day of the season. In that the game the Thirds lost 6-4 after going down to ten men owing to Kevin Keeney’s injury early in the second half. So today, revenge was at the forefront of the players minds!

The Third team welcomed back John Charvetto as well as new comers Dean Botton and new keeper and Legend of the cy cle circuit, Sean Yates.

The game started out at a quick pace, with both teams playing some nice, flowing football. It was particularly busy in the midfield area, with Captain Billy Archer tackling hard and winning balls and Tom Eageling orchestrating the attack. It was also a hard day for both full back, Josh and Adam Morrow, as the Pauline’s players looked to counter down the wings.

The break-through nearly came after only a few minutes when Dean Trump did well to get past the left back and thread a neat ball in for top goal scorer Jack Willson who, in turn, pulled out to the right corner, dummied the ball and then whipped a low cross into the box – however, it was unfortunately just too quick for Charvetto to tap in.

The first goal came not long after, when Ryan ‘Rory-Delap’s-got-nothing-on-me’ Hillier took a throw-in on the left-hand side of the opposition’s area and delivered an inch perfect throw for Jack Willson, who rose to head the ball into the back of the neat. Great start for the Thirds.

1-0

The Pauline players were obviously hurt by this goal so early on in the game as their energy seemed to drop as Old St Mary’s Thirds continued to blitz their defence with both Jack and Dean Trump coming close and Tom Eagling unlucky to see his free-kick go just over the bar.

There was plenty of good play at this point with Tom Archer working hard down the left flank and Jack Willson at times simply teasing the opposition with some silky footwork. The second goal was testimony to the way the Thirds were now enjoying their football. Jack Willson picked up the ball from the midfield after Tom Eageling won the ball in the air. He then looked up before floating a fantastic cross into the opposition’s area where John Charvetto rose to powerfully head the ball into the back of net!

2-0

Although 2-0 down, the Pauline players seemed to rouse themselves together and started playing some more decisive football. Goal keeper, Sean Yates, was required to come out of his area a couple of times to clear the ball, whilst Ryan and Dean Botton were both busy defending. Unfortunately, lady-luck played her hand against the Thirds when, although seemingly off-side, one of the Pauline players stole a few yards in front of the full back and burst through to find plenty of space in the Third’s box. He then simply pulled the ball back for his team mate who duly tapped the ball into the goal.

2-1

The Thirds looked to rally themselves, and Billy and Dean Trump were battling hard and linking up well with full back Adam Morrow to try and push on. Tom Eageling was also a tower of strength and was insistent on pushing the ball forward. Tom Archer was also having to work hard at this point tracking back into more defensive positions as the Pauline players were finding success utilizing the wings to spearhead their counter attacks . One suck attack happened close to the end of the half when Josh and the Captain closed down a very quick counter-attack by sending the ball out for a corner. However, the Pauline took a quick opportunistic corner and sent the ball into the area before the defenders had had a chance to position themselves, and an opposition player rose unmarked to head home.

2-2

The afternoon had suddenly turned around and the game was now open for both teams. Lesser sides may well have crumbled as their heads dropped to the floor. But despite losing their two goal advantage, the Third team showed real character and grit as they rallied hard to try and get another goal before half-time. They say that fortune favours the brave; and so it was when the Thirds, having half the side now in the opposition area trying to scramble the loose ball in, were awarded a penalty when Trump was hacked down in the area. Jack Willson coolly placed the ball on the spot and, as the tension rose among the players watching, Willson stepped up and placed the ball into the back of the net!

3-2

Half time gave Captain Billy Archer an opportunity to talk to the players and steady the ship. It seemed to work because the second half was further testimony to the Thirds determination and desire as they pushed on and played some really great football. Billy and Tom Eageling continued to boss the midfield aided by the support of the two centre backs behind them. Jack Willson was lively as ever and worked well with Tom Archer to run at the defence before slotting the ball home! This goal was reward for a really great attacking spell for the Thirds. It was also Jack’s hat-trick!

4-2

John Charvetto was also finding lots of space in attacking positions and did well to go past two players before sending in a cross which was impeccably met by Dean Trump who rose to head the ball into the goal!

5-2

With the game practically sealed, it was important to keep focused now and to see the game out. Billy made a substitution and took off Dean Trump (who had been booked) for new boy Charlie Old. Charlie quickly settled into the game and linked up well with Billy and Adam Morrow down the right.

Then came one of the great (and funny) moments of the game. Adam Morrow had been told to resist the urge to push too far forward and instead to concentrate on his defensive duties. However, after having won the ball down the flank, he shot off like an animal unleashed, and started off on a marauding run down the right wing. Despite calls from his teams of “NO!!!” and “DON’T DO IT!!!” he carried on at pace towards the opposition. Then, to everyone’s surprise, he rounded one player, then a second, before winning the team a corner. He then jogged back to his defensive position to the applause of everyone...

Rob Crashaw and Paul Touhey then came on for the last few minutes to see out the gam e. The tactic worked well as Rob, along with the two centre backs, blasted back anything that came their way. Touhey linked up well with Billy, who in turn made space to play in John Charvetto down the left, who then did well to get past a few players but was unlucky to see the ball go wide from his cross.

The Thirds then heard the whistle blow for full time and were delighted to take all 3 points after a hard day’s work. The result sees the Thirds sit second in the league and will surely boost confidence for next week’s fixture.

It was another day when picking Man-of-the-Match was a really tough task. It was a great team performance once again and every single player deserved plaudits and praise for their efforts. Dean Trump had another good game, so too did Adam Morrow. The Captain led by example and never shied out of a challenge, whilst not rewarding Jack Willson’s hat-trick with Man-of-the-Match seems almost criminal. However – the Captain’s Man-of-the-Match would have to go to Tom Eageling, who never stopped battling and running and always pushed the side on towards goal. Great performance today from the Vice-Captain.
     
St Marys G OG Y R
1 S. Yates
2 A. Morrow
3 J. Barnes
4 B. Archer
5 R. Hillier
6 D. Botten
7 D. Trump 1
8 T. Eageling
9 J. Charvetto 1
10 J. Wilson 3
11 T. Archer
   
St Marys Substitutes G OG Y R
12 C. Old
13 R. Crashaw
14 P. Tuohy