Stonnall Phoenix 1:2 Hamstead Diamonds
The last game of the season ended in defeat after an exciting conclusion when the home side could have rescued a draw.
Stonnall started well enough with defensive and midfield possession but found it difficult to break down a strong Hamstead back line. A few attractive moves threatened but lacked a quality finish. The defence had largely dealt with any Hamstead attacks with Tom P. particularly prominent snuffing out right wing threats.
The breakthrough came for the visitors three minutes before half time when an attack down the left resulted in a fierce shot finding the back of the net. Diamonds led 0:1 going into the break.
The pattern of the game continued into the second half with Phoenix having stuttering possession but not quite having the guile to unlock a resolute defence. The game was settled in the 58th minute when following a similar build up to the first goal, Hamstead scored to make it 0:2.
The home side rallied but couldn’t find a way past the opposition keeper until eventually Louis found the net after good build up play down the right in the 68th minute to pull a goal back. The last few minutes saw Hamstead hanging on as Phoenix found more urgency being buoyed by the goal but despite a number of penalty box scrambles the equaliser was elusive and the match finished 1:2.
Report by Pete H.
Message from the Manager
After winning the last three games, two of which were quite convincing wins it was a shame we ended our season with a 2-1 defeat.
Nevertheless the game was played with great respect by both teams and enjoyed by both parties.
The last 10 minutes saw us play some good attacking football with Louis netting again from close range – a right little goal poacher he is becoming!
Charlie had a thundering shot on goal only to be brilliantly saved by the Hamstead keeper, had we have played with this tempo and attitude earlier on in the game we may had more to show for our last game.
Well done to Hamstead Diamonds.
This was difficult one to choose, and again it is shared.
Dylan at central defence was again superb, never missed a header he challenged for and worked very hard through the centre of his position – well done Dylan.
Tom P who at the last minute was asked to play at left wing back settled in very well and played with fair but firm aggression – typical Tom, well done Tom.