Our first away trip in the new league, saw us go to Lea Sports PSG, who looked a good test given they had comfortably won their opening fixture.
The showers had lifted and the game kicked off in hazy sunshine peering through clouds. Whirlwinds started a little nervously in the opening few minutes, the home side pressing and harrying and forcing a few uncharacteristic poor touches from the away side. It took around 10 minutes for the away side to properly settle, the home side buzzing around, but being kept at arms length by the away side. Whirlwinds started to string some passes together through midfield were now pushing forward and looking threatening in the attack. The movement of the front three was causing the home defence all sorts of problems, the threat quickly produced dividends, Sam slotted a great ball through to Jake, who moved from out to in, to slot past the advancing keeper with a deft finish in the corner 0-1. Whirlwinds were now in control and attack after attack ended with a shot just going wide, or the keeper using any body part to pull off a save, at the other end Nathan just had a couple of long range efforts to scoop up. The front 3 of Ajiri, Jake & Sam were causing havoc, ably supported by Oliver, Billy & Jack M pushing on in midfield, were too much for the home side to handle, Ajiri chipped a pass over the defence Sam A sprung the offside trap, a wondrous lob over the advancing keeper towards goal, only to bounce back off the crossbar, the home defender reacted well, but then dallied to be robbed by Ajiri, who’s spin and low cross was stabbed home by Sam, a just reward for his piece of brilliance moments earlier 0-2. Whirlwinds continued to press for a third, but couldn’t quite break through and half ended with the away side in complete control of the game.
An easy half time team talk, not much to say but to keep playing the same way, but to start the 2nd half like it was still 0-0, as it’s been an issue thus far this season.
Thankfully Whirlwinds got the message and started as they meant to go on, pressing the home team back, dominating midfield and looking lively in the final third. A third goal would put the game to bed, an so it did with Ajiri picking the ball up in the middle of the pitch dancing around 3 defenders and sliding home, great piece of individual play 0-3. This seemed to take the finally resilience away from the home side and Whirlwinds marauded forward at every opportunity, again great movement up front, and superb wing play as the home team struggled to hold the away side back, Billy twice went close to opening his account before a trademark Ajiri drive down the left and a fine finish made it 0-4. Sam curled a 25 yard free kick up and over the wall over the keeper, to once again see it rebound off the bar, so unlucky but again a fantastic piece of individual skill. Ajiri was running riot down the left and the home defenders having chased shadows for the first 50 minutes were struggling to keep up. A quick interchange of passes saw Ajiri burst in to the box on the left hand side and advance to the goal line, everyone expected him to pull back for the oncoming attackers, but he powered home from a virtual impossible angle to make it 0-5 and complete his hat-trick. Whirlwinds understandably took their foot of the gas and sailed through the final stages.
Summary : Outstanding team performance, some lovely football, the movement upfront would have caused any team huge problems and the finishing was good. Great discipline at the back to keep a clean sheet, which we said was the most important thing going in to the second half. Well done to all, if we continue in this vain I am sure a successful season will unfold.
M.O.T.M : The back ‘3’ of Nathan, Jack C & T.J were all very accomplished today, gave a great platform for us to attack, they richly deserved their collective clean sheet. Special mention to Sam & Ajiri who I felt were both tremendous, but M.O.T.M goes to Jake, got the early goal with some great movement and a tidy finish, he dominated the home defence in the first half who just couldn’t cope with him. Last week we felt it is was his best game in a WWFC shirt, well this week he surpassed that performance, great attitude and I am sure it won’t be the only M.O.T.M performance we see from him the season, as his confidence grows each game.