Match Report - 02 Dec 2012, Maclay Football Club White beat Maclay Blue
Maclay White v Maclay Blue was the game of the season that everyone was anticipating.
The Blues had completed some late transfer deadline deals, although offering the boys a 15% discount off fish and chips to sign may have breached league rules. Lining up the teams looked evenly matched, Blues full of confidence and the Whites mildly apprehensive.
The Blues started the better of the two teams as the Whites who were missing a couple of regular players and seemed a little uncertain. It was not long before Ben O’Connor had headed in the first goal.
We then began to play. Maclay Whites strength this season has been the back four with George in goal. From this point on they did not disappoint. Leaving little opportunity for the Blue team to get through, when they did George made several excellent saves.
Our second strength is our pace. Several times we were so fast on the break the Blues were unable cope. Okemdi levelled the scores after 20 minutes using strength and pace he held off the defender to put the ball home. A second followed fairly quickly as did an individual effort from Saif. Half time saw the White team 3 – 1 up.
The Blue team continued to play attractive possession football, but struggled in the last third. Our fourth goal came as many other have this season, a huge kick from George, flicked on by Pat and curled into the top corner by Okemdi for his hat-trick. The final goal came with Pat climbing at the front post to head the ball in.
I was impressed by the midfield this week, Nat, Henry, Ben, Chris, Pat and Saif worked tirelessly to support the defence. 5 – 1 may have flattered us a little and the Blues were unlucky not to add a couple more, but we also had several other excellent opportunities.
To everyone’s credit the game was played in a fantastic spirit. Maclay Blue were unlucky to come up against a team that would have outpaced many a defence. A genuinely great team performance.
Well done. Next weeks game is away to Prestwood. Please let me know availability asap.
Simon 07725 79 76 73
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