Saints 2-2 Corinthians
Saints win 5-4 on penalties
Another fantastic morning for Saints today. Corinthians have been their nemesis for a couple of years now, the only team they’ve played that they’ve never managed to beat (until now).
So a nice early 9am kick off had all the lads in bed early for once on a Saturday night!! Corinthians enjoyed the balance of play for the first 15 mins and were stroking the ball around very nicely. They got a corner mid way through the half and after a mix up in the Saints defence it flew seemingly straight into the goal. This had a galvaninig effect on the lads and they fought back to equalise, again as a result of a corner, with a bit of a scramble and the ball was lashed home by Will, just time for Baily to hit the post and Corinthians to come close with a couple of ‘one on ones’ – one saved by Lucas and the other narrowly wide and half time was upon us. Saints ended the half the stronger team.
Nerves really setting in amongst parents I can tell you!
Second half brought more of the same, Corinthians again settling back into their neat passing style and Saints looking a little tired after the extertions of the first half (a lot of ball chasing without possession). However mid way through and the lads again gained a strong foothold in the game and began to turn the screw. Chances came and went and we should have been ahead before another scramble in the area led to us hitting the post, then the bar, then a suggestion the ball had crossed the line being dismissed by the ref. Not gonna be our day, or so we thought.
10 mins to go and a disputed corner led to a potential “ghost goal” for Corinthians. Our lads adamant it didn’t cross the line. Linesman disagreed though. 2-1 Corinthians.
Corinthians managing the last few expertly, breaking play up and we couldn’t seem to fashion much going forward. “just give us one chance” we hoped. And it came, last minute too. A cross into the box, keeper just about to grab it but Tom was there to nick it off him and nudge it across to Baily who smashed it home. 2-2. Cue pandemonium!!!
Barely time for much more and off we went to penalties. For the third year running after a 2-2 draw in this cup final!! Could we win it again? You bet!
Taking penatlies second to add to the pressure, our lads stepped up and scored one by one; Tom, Baily, Josh and Morgans. 4-4 after 4 penalties each. Then a breakthrough, a save by Saints keeper, Lucas down to his bottom left. Scene was set for our Jack to do the business, and up he stepped, cool as you like to send the keeper the wrong way – 5-4 to Saints, and the cup was ours again!!
Saints 3-0 Chadderton Park Vipers
Another bright sunny Sunday morning and lovely conditions for football. Saints took control of the game early on with a stunning overhead kick from Jack directly courtesy of a corner gained via the Vipers keeper tipping another long range effort from Ollie behind. A goal to grace any game – well done Jack!
It was soon followed by a second goal for Saints, this time the result of a long kick from Lucas in goal, over the top of the Chadderton defence and Tom mastering the bounce expertly to slot home.
Before half time the Saints had the game in the bag when a dangerous cross from the right wing was headed home by Lighty.
Saints continued their dominance into the second half with Vipers restricted to just a couple of attempts on the Saints goal, producing smart stops. Chances came and went to extend the lead with Tom, Will and Josh all unlucky and the Vipers keeper in great form.
Another 3 points from a dominant and controlled display, the Saints are enjoying the switch to Sundays so far! Great displays throughout, particularly Josh and Lighty.
Saints 4 Reddish Vulcans 1
New season, new league and a new day of the week! Weekend lie ins now a thing of the past!! A nice early start for an 8.45 kick off down at our new home at Wright Robinson Sports College for the opening game in the East Manchester League U12’s Premier League.
Facilities were looking good and the sun was shining as a slightly new look Saints took to the field against opposition used to winning, having won their autumn league last season and being cup holders for the past 2 years – a tough game expected.
Lucas was back in goal, Will “Lighty” started his first league game and Matthew was in the squad for his first game also.
A bright start saw crisp passing from the Saints and early chances created. Pressure soon paid off when a cross from Josh, who had an excellent game, was converted by Tom for 1-0. This was soon followed by an absolute piledriver from Louie to make it 2-0 at the interval.
Saints continued to turn the screw as the second half commenced with Reddish struggling to find a way into the game. A third goal soon followed with a clever flicked header from debutante Will. Saints well in charge now!
A well worked move down the right wing gave Tom the opportunity to add his second and the teams fourth goal midway through the half and the points were seemingly sealed. Further chances came and went with some really attractive football on show from the boys.
Reddish won themselves a free kick in a dangerous area and for all the preparation of a wall by Saints a cheeky “Messi” style daisy cutter of a shot made it 4-1 – Lucas not happy at the loss of his clean sheet!
Couple more chances before the end for Reddish which were dealt with fairly comfortably and at the final whistle the team finds itself at the top of the fledgling league table!
Great team performance and though Danny and Rick don’t do an official MOTM the consensus from the parents was that Josh had a terrific game along with “Lighty” on his debut.
Well done boys. You were a joy to watch!
and here’s the league table…..