Goals: Joe 2, Hermod 1, Randy 1.
On a glorious day for football on a nice pitch and fairly central our 16/17 squad got whittled down to 13 players somehow. With a lot of new and a few older players a different looking Spartans team took on winless Men Utd in a must win game.
Men Utd have in the past never been an easy opponent for us. And have always given us a tough game and this was no different today although we always had their measure.
Kick-off and we pretty much dominated this game from start to end. Both Hermod and Joe having early chances to score. The opening goal came from a Matty corner which Joe shinned into the back of the net. Joe should have extended the score when Steve Y split the defence and he was one on one with the keeper which he hit wide. Moments later a great through ball by Mav saw Joe smashed the ball on the volley point blank into the keepers face and over the bar somehow.
1-nil at half time and still the game was up for grabs. Men Utd then had two great chances to level the game with Richard Avery pulling off two excellent saves. Then a 5 minute moment of madness by the Men Utd player left the Ref no option but to sent him off. This was the turning point and when the man of the moment Randy stepped up and drilled a rocket outside the box beating the keepers outstretched hands the game was ours. Joe got his second and our third after nice lead up work from Hermod. With Hermod himself finally getting on the scorers sheet for a much deserved goal.
A solid performance by everyone, central defence of Thomas D and Sean was solid while able supported by Dashti and Dan along with Hao. Outwide Matty and Steph had dangerous games while Steve Y, Mav and Randy all dominated the centre of park. Joe had a cracker up front and Hermod was his usual outstanding self.
MOM goes to Steve Y who just pipped Joe, Steve Y controlled the centre of park superbly and his distribution play was outstanding.