Date: 17th Apr 2016
Centre: Aldridge Airport
Result: Stonnall Phoenix 4:2 Brownhills Community Colts
Stonnall Phoenix’s last league game of the season ended in victory after coming from behind.
Right from the kick-off, the match was played end to end and in the second minute Mac found Benno in the area who finished well past the keeper for 1:0. The game continued at high tempo and Brownhills equalised in the fifth minute from a corner. Stonnall then found themselves behind four minutes later when a Brownhills forward sent an unstoppable shot from the right edge of the area to make it 1:2.
A breathtaking first half saw both sides playing committed, attacking football and Brownhills had their goalkeeper to thank for keeping the score in their favour at half time. With DJ, Jacko and Crusher coming on for the second half, Phoenix had a renewed determination and following good defensive work by Sedgy, Charlie fed the ball through to Squiggy who finished well to equalise in the 40th minute.
The boys continued to press and restrict effectively and with 51 mins on the clock Jacko, who embodied the team’s dogged spirit, passed the ball to Charlie whose right footed shot beat the goalkeeper to restore the lead at 3:2. With the momentum now with Stonnall Phoenix, Brownhills were restricted to few second half chances but one shot narrowly went wide of the post after good closing down by Pembo.
With three minutes left Phoenix made sure of the points when Benno battled through following a ball from Charlie and scored for 4:2. There was still enough time for Brownhills to win a free kick on the edge of the area but the resulting shot was headed off the line by Charlie and the game finished shortly afterwards.
It was Stonnall Phoenix’s twelfth victory from sixteen games having scored 54 goals and today’s match was a fitting end to another successful league season.
Report by Pete H.
Message from the Manager
Thoroughly enjoyed today’s game. It was a game of enthusiasm and determination, end to end from the first to final whistle. Over the last several weeks we have played some very good D1 teams, from these we have built on the positives, taken the negatives and worked on them.
Today we showed what we have learned from these games, several weeks ago we wouldn’t have competed like we did today. Our shape and positioning was brilliant, the tackles from both sides were hard but fair.
I’m really pleased, following the discussions lately and your ever important input, you showed you can play another kind of game. As ever we will discuss the very few negatives, and applaud the many many positives from today.
MOTM – this is extremely difficult.
Squiggy: Worked his socks off up and down the wing, a true performance of a winger, great positioning and a very cute finish for his goal.
Benno: Industrious strength with sheer determination and great feet – gave Brownhills defence a hard time.
Jacko: Came on at half time and changed the response of our attack with winning headers, tackles and playing some great one – twos and little through balls, you should be really pleased with this performance Jacko.
After much thought I am going to award MOTM to all three of you.
I couldn’t split it, so well done to the three of you.
Thank you to Brownhills Community for a hard/physical game – just what we needed, thank you also to Brownhills parents who were a friendly bunch and very supportive. A credit to your club.
Good performance I think we battled hard against a hard team.
I would like to pick out Jack’s performance, he won all his headers and worked hard, also Squiggy for his wing play and getting on the end of my assist.