MK Gallacticos Spartans 5 – 0 WWFC Hurricanes
H/T Score: 3 – 0
Team: Evan; Charles, Francis, Freddie, Rocco (c); Asante, Harry, Jeremy, Kamaal, Luke; Ryan
SKILFUL SPARTANS SEE OFF WOBURN
Galactico (Noun): An exceptionally skilled and celebrated football player
MK Gallacticos (Noun): Runaway leaders of MKDDL U12 Division 2 and today’s opponents of Woburn & Wavendon Hurricanes
THIS. IS. WOBURN. Not Milton Keynes. As the crowds (not quite numbering 300) converged at a cool yet dry Crawley Road for a fixture swapped from the Gallacticos’ home ground, Leon and Andy drummed their tactics into our brave boys. Although without Tao, Theo and Orlando, spirits were high following a good showing last week against the second-best team in the Division i.e Leighton Park Rangers. Two minutes in, things looked promising as the Lions nearly roared into the lead but the traditional goalmouth scramble ended up with a shot wide of the Spartans post. Shortly after, the first Gallacticos attack also found the wrong side of the post, and further attacks were thwarted by the Woburn rearguard action.
Ten minutes in and the deadlock was broken – the ball was played out to the wing, and the Gallactico player cut inside and shot. His effort was denied by a great block by Freddie, but unfortunately for Woburn the loose ball rebounded to the attacker who smashed it in. 1-0, Spartans in the ascendancy. More was to follow as a handball was spotted on the edge of the Hurricanes area, and the resulting free-kick was dispatched by a cool, low shot into the net past Evan‘s dive. 2-0.
The Hurricanes rallied, and very nearly fought their way back into the game as a free-kick of their own was tipped onto the post by the Gallacticos’ keeper. Further attacks followed to no avail before a Spartans corner was flicked on and with the Lions not clearing their lines the gleeful Gallactico poked home. 3-0, and the Gallacticos were looking home and dry.
Despite some good clearing headers from Francis, and a trademark Asante break, the Hurricanes had little to show for their efforts and could have conceded another on the stroke of half-time but it was rightly ruled offside.
Second half and the Gallacticos continued where they had left off. Their physical presence was clearly unsettling Woburn, and two more quickfire attacks broke the Lions resistance and ended the contest. 4-0 became 5-0, that was that. To their credit, Woburn gamely battled on and Asante won a penalty, however they knew it would not be their day when the shot hit the post and rebounded away from the goal! At full-time, the 5-0*scoreline was maybe harsh but fair, and the Hurricanes had been deservedly beaten by the best team in the Division.
*: the official score given for the match was 7-0 but this reporter counted 5 goals, so that’s what gets written…