Stonnall Phoenix 0:3 St Georges
An entertaining game ultimately settled in the second half after a positive start by Stonnall Phoenix.
Phoenix started the game on the front foot and dominated the first 20 mins. Pressing the St Georges defence and closing down well, the lads denied the visitors any time on the ball. Jack was busy upfront and Nathan linked up well with the midfield.
Ennis tested the goalkeeper with an early free kick from distance and Harry put in a dangerous cross from the left but the team, although industrious, found it difficult to forge out any clear cut chances.
At the back, Dillan read the play well to anticipate danger and was composed in distribution. Ahead of him, Liam controlled the midfield and communicated well, organising the team formation. Alfie, deputising as captain, kept the scores level as St Georges came more into the game towards the end of the first half.
Following a number of corners for the away side, they took the lead in the 24th minute. Phoenix found it difficult to maintain the good start but defended well reducing St Georges to long distance shots which were dealt with by Alfie. The score remained 0:1 until half time.
The second half became more difficult to play as the wet and muddy conditions had an effect on the pitch and as Stonnall tired after their first half exploits, St Georges had more of the possession. Demario did well to dribble past a couple of tackles and drift into the penalty area but couldn’t quite get a goal opportunity.
The game was still evenly balanced with the home side searching for an equaliser. The visitors were still carving out the better chances but Alfie made some crucial interceptions, coming out to smother the ball or turning goalbound shots away.
In the space of five minutes after the hour mark, st Georges made the game safe, finally getting through the home defence to make it 0:3.
There was still time just before the final whistle for Nathan, who had enjoyed a lot of quality touches, to unleash a looping shot from the right wing which bounced off the bar. It would have been a deserved goal for the team to cap a good performance.
Report by Pete H.
Man of the Match
This week Bruce has awarded MOTM to Alfie, who made some great diving saves and clearances to keep his team in the game. His communication was very good as acting Captain, encouraging and directing his teammates in a positive manner. He also wins dirtiest kit of the day displaying how hard he worked! Well done Alfie.