Squad : 1. Cameron (GK), 2. Sam.D., 3. Billy, 4. Oakley , 5. Jack D, 6. Jack C, 7. Sam.A., 8. Jack M, 9. Ajiri, 12. Oliver, 14. Jake
Final league game of the 2014/15 Winter season saw the Whirlwinds visit Wing Raiders Spartans. A bit of a damp start, light rain and a firm breeze in Whirlwinds faces as the teams kicked off.
Whirlwinds came under a lot of early pressure, from almost the first foray forward, Wing broke down the left an innocuous looking cross struck a Whirlwinds defender and powered straight in to the top corner 1 -0. A disaster of a start, luck has certainly deserted the away side for this half of the season. Wing were controlling the game, Whirlwinds struggling to get hold of the ball and get any rhythm going. Wing a large physical side, were pumping lots of longer balls in to the channels and whipping powerful crossed in, they were also looking to shoot from distance at every opportunity, with the wind assisting, they knew the ‘Keeper would be severely tested. Whirlwinds had a lucky escape when a shot from the edge of the area rattled back off the post, and was cleared to safety. The next attacking foray by the home side had the same outcome, shot rattled back off the post, but this time the covering defender miscued the clearance and the ball ended up in the back of the net, another unfortunate own goal 2-0. A switch in personal from the away side, seemed to give the some impetus in the game, starting now to compete in midfield, they started to get across the halfway line and have their own counter attacks, Wing still dangerous and powerful, were not now having everything their own way. Whilwinds again were caught with luck not on their side, a looping cross caught the wind and sailed over the keeper in to the top corner 3-0. Whirlwinds put it behind them and carried on competing and were now putting Wing under some pressure, several times they looked to have broke the offside trap, only to be hauled back by a raised flag. Finally a defence splitting pass by Sam A, sent Jack M clear, his strength held off a chasing defender and he rifled a left foot shot home 3-1, a deserved reward for being the better side since the 2nd goal went in. Whirlwinds were now on top and Wing looked ruffled coming under pressure and losing the midfield battle, a superb interchange between Ajiri and Sam A, saw the latter break through and his curling shot came crashing back off the bar, possibly a game changing moment, just before half time.
Half time team talk was positive, Wing had dominated the first 20 minutes of the game, but a big slice of luck had aided them in all 3 goals, for the final 10 minutes of the half, Whirlwinds had put them under considerable pressure and should take some encouragement from it, next goal was really important.
Wing kicked off, and Whirlwinds proceeded to once again shoot themselves in the foot ! A long ball over the top, saw a mix up between ‘Keeper and Defender, with neither claiming responsibility, the Wing striker nipped in between both and tapped home 4-1. The next 10 minutes saw the away side seeing the majority of the possession, again frustrated by some very marginal offside decisions, which seemed all to go in favour of the home side, benefit of the doubt it seemed wasn’t going with the attacking side. Finally a breakthrough, Sam A twisted and turned on the edge of the box and rifled his shot past the keeper in to the bottom corner 4-2. For the next five minutes the ball was almost entirely in the home side’s half, a couple of speculative efforts teased the home goal, again a raised flag stopped a certain goal, Whirlwinds just couldn’t break through and pull another back, and were becoming increasing frustrated with some of the offside decisions. Wing on a rare foray forward, produced a long range shot, which looked like catching practice from the usually dependable Cameron, but it wriggled out of his hands and the opposition attacker accepted the gift of an open goal 5-2. The goal appeared to knock the wind of the away sides sails, heads went down and they stopped competing in midfield. Wing are always strong finishers to a game, and just when the away side needed to step up their effort, they regressed and in the last 5 minutes Wing added three more unanswered goals. Which really gave the final scoreline, a look which didn’t reflect the balance of the game.
Scorers : Jack M, Sam A
Summary : Struggled really for the first 20 minutes to get a grip of the game, luck wasn’t on the side of the away team, but the home team did deserve a lead, the next 25 minutes, Whirlwinds were very well in the game and probably edged it, they were very unfortunate with some suspect offside decisions, and the scoreline should have been much closer, however a real lack of effort and commitment, cost the away side in the last part of the game and a strong team like Wing will punish that.
M.O.M : Billy, his move from defence to central midfield changed the flow of the game, competed well and seemed to be every where, distribution with the ball was also very good. Special mention to Sam D & Jack D, who both I felt had their best games since joining at the beginning of the season.