St Georges 3:0 Stonnall Phoenix
The first league game of the season was ultimately settled in the second half in favour of the home side.
A disjointed first half saw few clear chances as Stonnall endeavoured to get a foothold. Much of the play was in midfield and after Alfie was unlucky not to save the opening goal in the 11th minute, he made several good saves to keep score at 1:0.
Ben found space to shoot on goal but chances were limited for Phoenix and St Georges added a second goal after 32 mins to finish the half at 2:0.
The second half followed a similar pattern as Stonnall found it difficult to relieve the pressure from the home side but on the whole were coping with the attacks, reducing St Georges to long distance efforts. Dillan, at the heart of defence was particularly instrumental in snuffing out any threat and displayed good composure.
The midfield found it difficult to retain possession, disadvantaged by Liam being unable to play through injury. Indeed, Nico, Nathan and Jack all had to have spells on the sidelines. That said, Phoenix were still in the game and it felt like one chance could turn it in their favour.
The endeavour was evident with Tom, Sedgy and Harry showing fighting spirit but the game was effectively settled on 74 mins with St Georges’ 3rd goal.
Stonnall then made their best move of the match with attractive football down the left and a good interchange of passes between Nathan and Ben. The captain then turning and shooting narrowly over the bar.
St Georges deserved their 3:0 victory but if Stonnall Phoenix can find a way to dominate more of the play then more goal scoring chances will follow.
Report by Pete H.
Man of the Match
Bruce’s MOTM this week is Dillan for his command of the defence and composure on the ball. A tough and accomplished performance. Well done Dillan.