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Friday 29th June 2012

All Saints’ Primary School Saturday Football Club: Correction to Match Reports

 

A case of the wrong Saunders!

 

Unfortunately, the match reports of the B League Cup that appeared in last week’s special notice contained a number of inaccuracies.  I apologise to Max and Carter Saunders for muddling them up in the reports, despite the fact that one is a goalkeeper (with his name on his jersey!) and the other a striker.  The corrected reports are below. 

 

The B League Cup: Match Reports

 

The B League Cup began with two mini-leagues, with the winners and runners-up going through to the semi-finals.  All Saints B were drawn with Edmund Waller (who had won the League), Stillness, Coopers Lane and Good Shepherd. 

 

                        Edmund Waller           v          All Saints                     Drew   0-0

                        All Saints                     v          Stillness                      Drew   0-0

                        Coopers Lane             v          All Saints                     Won    1-2

                        All Saints                     v          Good Shepherd           Won    2-0

 

All Saints began well against Edmund Waller in a match in which the standard of football from both sides was very high.  Both teams knew that this would probably be their toughest match.  The result was a draw, as it had been in their League encounter, but on this occasion Edmund Waller were probably the happier team as All Saints dominated for much of the match.  Enerton, Ben and Carter all went close to scoring, the latter seeing his shot to the top corner brilliantly saved.  At the other end, Max made a couple of important saves in the first half, but in the second the defensive pairing of Luis and Theo, assisted by Natty, denied Edmund Waller any clear attempts on goal.

 

All Saints carried their good form into the second match, against Stillness, but were unable to find the net despite carving out a number of good chances and having some good shots, including one long-range effort from Ted.  The failure to score was almost punished late in the game, but Max pulled off a great save to prevent an excellent low shot from going in and the match finished 0-0.

 

The goal drought was finally ended in the third match, against Coopers Lane, although not before All Saints had somehow managed to miss an open goal.  With supporters wondering if this was not going to be All Saints’ day, Ted slipped the ball through to Carter who scored with a firm shot.  The same pair combined again to add an excellent second goal.  Carter’s powerful header from Ted’s free kick was far too good for the Coopers Lane keeper.  All Saints did not have it all their own way and Coopers Lane managed to pull one goal back in a goal-mouth scramble, but it was not enough and All Saints ran out deserved 2-1 winners.

 

Going in to the last game, against Good Shepherd, All Saints knew that a win by two clear goals would be enough to guarantee a semi-final place.  A trip just inside the penalty area resulted in a penalty for All Saints, which was converted to give them a 1-0 lead at half-time.  Although Good Shepherd did not really threaten the All Saints goal and the win never looked in doubt, it was not until the last 90 seconds that All Saints got the all-important second goal.  Enerton ran powerfully through the defence and crashed the ball in from close range to the delight of players, coaches and supporters.

 

Semi-final:       Horniman                    v          All Saints                     Won    0-1

 

With a place in the final at stake, the semi-final was a tense affair.  As runners-up to Edmund Waller in the mini-league, All Saints had to play the winners of the other mini-league, who were Horniman.  Horniman had finished the 2011/12 season as runners-up to Edmund Waller in the B League, and clearly believed they would reach the final of the cup.  There were chances at both ends, with Enerton going close for All Saints and with Carter making a goal-line clearance at the other end and Max saving bravely at the feet of the Horniman attacker.  At full-time the teams were still tied 0-0, so the match went into extra-time.  Then, with time running out, a Horniman defender deliberately handled a goal-bound effort and All Saints won a penalty.  Carter stepped up to rifle the ball home and All Saints were in the final.

 

Final:               Edmund Waller           v          All Saints                     Lost     3-0

 

The other finalists were Edmund Waller, who had won all of their matches on the day except for the opening 0-0 draw with All Saints, and therefore went in to the final with their confidence high.  The early exchanges were fairly even, until Edmund Waller broke through on the left hand side and pulled the ball back from the goal-line to score from close range.  The goal was hotly disputed by All Saints who were certain the ball had gone out of play before being pulled back.  Still feeling the injustice of the referee’s decision to allow the goal, All Saints lost their shape and quickly conceded a second and then a third, which meant that the game was effectively over by half-time.  All Saints had a better second-half, with one or two chances to pull one back but did not manage to score, while Edmund Waller always looked dangerous in attack. 

 

In the end, it was one match too many, but All Saints had played extremely well to get to the final and had given their supporters plenty to cheer about as well as impressing the neutrals.             

 

 

David Bolt, Head Coach

Email david.bolt@ifspglobal.com

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