Stonnall Phoenix 2:8 Lane Head Titans
After a good start by Stonnall Phoenix, Lane Head eventually ran out convincing winners.
A very windy day gave the hosts the first half advantage playing with the wind and Phoenix were able to create a number of chances early on. Left winger, Harry came close at the far post from a free kick and Fozz likewise on the other side. Lane Head were reduced to shooting from distance and otherwise the back four of Sedgy, Jack, Dillan and Nathan were defending stoutly, regaining possession and Liam, Zak and Ennis were releasing the ball with searching passes forward. From one of these penetrating balls, a throw-in was gained close to the corner flag and from the resulting play, Ben collected the ball, turned infield, shrugged off a challenge and lashed a looping shot into the net for a 1:0 lead in the 28th minute.
The visitors were clearly rattled and were arguing amongst themselves. Although Phoenix held the lead for eight minutes during which time Alfie made a spectacular save to deny an equaliser, Lane Head eventually scored three quick goals to reach half time 1:3 in front.
The second half was always going to be difficult with the wind advantage now in Titans’ favour, Stonnall displayed a determination to defend as a team and enjoyed periods of attacking possession where some good football was on show and a couple of quick passing moves came close to rewarding the hosts with a goal. The attacks kept coming from Lane Head, who attacked in numbers, and they added two more goals. Then in the 50th minute once again Ben took the ball from a throw-in and weaved free from a challenge to shoot goalwards. The ball was parried by the goalkeeper into the path of Mac who made no mistake to score into an open net to make the score 2:5.
Liam then forced a save from a free kick but Phoenix couldn’t add to their tally. Lane Head scored three more quick goals and the game ended 2:8.
For large periods of this game, Stonnall Phoenix competed toe-to-toe and, for the first time, scored more than once against a top four team.
Report by Pete H.
Man of the Match
A mention should be given to Captain, Ben, who once again under constant provocation, played with a maturity to lead his team with an assist and a stunning fifth goal of the season. Wayne has awarded MOTM to Sedgy who, filling in at right back, played with energy, bravery and a determination not to be beaten. Well done Sedgy.