Stonnall Phoenix 1:7 Wyrley Juniors Vipers
The last competitive game this season was evenly balanced for an hour before Wyrley finished the stronger to cement fifth place in Division 1.
A tight first half was annotated by a number of free kicks for the home side which provided Ennis with a number of dangerous positions from which to launch searching dead ball deliveries. His obdurate midfield play and growing strength on the ball has been a real plus point this season.
Good play on the right allowed Tyreece a couple of shots on goal and Wyrley had opportunities which were well dealt with by the Stonnall defence. They did, however, gain the lead in the 12th minute and despite further openings, the score remained 0:1 at halftime.
Both sides improved in the second half but Phoenix were finding it difficult to get out of their half. Any possession was being pressed effectively by Vipers and an own goal gave them a 0:2 lead two minutes into the second half. Stonnall fought back well though and following good work by Tom down the left wing, Ben fought well to get the chance to score from a tight angle for his sixth goal of the season and make it 1:2 in the 49th minute. It was well deserved by the home side and they continued to enjoy a good period in which their attractive football provided a chance for Tom whose powerful header just cleared the bar from a corner and both Ennis and the industrious Zak found space to shoot from distance.
This finely balanced period was brought to an end when Vipers scored three quick goals to put the game beyond the reach of Phoenix. Despite the disappointment of being overrun, the lads continued their endeavours and a good run by Harry into the area could have resulted in a penalty.
Wyrley Vipers are a strong side and any little mistake by Stonnall was punished by the visitors and two late goals made the final score 1:7.
Stonnall Phoenix finish the season in seventh place in Div 1. A creditable result after a difficult start. With the retention of the current squad and the addition of new recruits to improve the team, next season will be a new and exciting challenge for the incoming manager, Bruce.
Being Wayne’s last match in charge of the team and after five seasons on the coaching staff, players and parents thanked him for his involvement in the club and his development of the lads into accomplished footballers and young men.
Report by Pete H.
Man of the Match
A mention should go to Zak whose control and forward thinking shows his improvement and maturity as a player.
Wayne has awarded MOTM this week to Liam. He is always in the right place as a defender and has good vision as a midfielder. Despite the defeat, his quality shone through as he provided the fulcrum of the team. Well done Liam.