U13s triumph over Corinthian
Another three points
This Sunday (25/2) we took on a Corinthian side who held us to a 1-1 draw away last weekend. With James Munns (C) returning alongside Alex Hamza-Goodacre , Ryan Silk and Harvey Lawrence, this gave us different dimensions and options on the day.
The game started in the same manner that last weeks game finished. Corinthian pressing hard, being physical and making it scrappy. Chances already falling to both sides. Good blocks from the Angels back three and some questionable finishing from the attacking lineup meant the scores stayed level early on.
However 15 minutes in, and the ever present bombardment of long balls set Corinthian free down the left, a deep cross found its way to the back post for the right winger to tap home. A disappointing and uncharacteristic goal for Angels to concede. However the response was brilliant, now the back three and wide players had got to grips with the long balls. Angels started playing freely , and putting some good moves together. Finishing again the problem.
10 minutes before halftime striker Abdulhakim Abdulahe (AK) found himself through 1 on 1, a recovering tackle from a Corinthian defender looked set to give the Angels a penalty. The referee dubiously deemed it be outside of the box. However captain James Munns stepped up and smashed the ball into the top right corner on the goalkeepers side. Angels used this an continued to pile on the pressure.
A back three of Hodges, Wallis and Walker again superb. Brilliantly supported by a midfield three of Munns, Hollamby and Hamza-Goodacre gave us a solid basis to kick on. Now with Dennis and Kirkby sharing the LWB role, and Monaghan working tirelessly on the right. The top two of AK and Shields were giving defenders nightmares. Lavington, Dennis, Wolvey and Silk all made a difference from the bench to freshen up and add different dimensions.
Second half came and the Angels had found rhythm, Corinthian 'keeper forced into 2/3 early saves to deny Angels. However 10 minutes in it was Munns again, a corner from the left from Shields swung through the bodies and Munns was able to finish smartly on the volley. 2-1 and looking dominant . The Angels now starting to play some great stuff. A memorable move down our right side between Shields, AK, and Munns set Lavington through who provided a sumptuous lob towards goal, the opposing GK forced into an outstanding save.
Now pushing hard, without GK Larkin having much to do . The Angels defence stayed switched on and we're building from the back. The third goal came with 10 minutes remaining. A cross again from Shields on the right found Munns again, his half volley saved well from the GK, however AK was on hand to smash home. After this more pressure came, with the game beginning to turn scrappy again. Angels probably should have notched a few more. A similar story to last week.
Corinthian did make for a nervy final two minutes when a cross from the right was volleyed home. Another poor goal to concede. But Angels managed to hang on and secure an important three points!
Only one loss this calendar year has shown a great progression from the boys. Two vital fixtures against Kings Hill next in line!
MOM(s)- James Munns for his two goals and a strong influence on his return. Ben Shields for tireless running, quality on the ball and his will to beat a player and play good football.
Report from Dom Welsh