Stonnall Phoenix 1:6 Castle Vale
Castle Vale were dominant for much of this friendly as Stonnall struggled to repeat the good form of last week.
The visitors started on the front foot and scored from close range after 4 minutes following a corner and continued their domination of the first half scoring twice more in the first 20 minutes.
It was disappointing for Phoenix having played so well against the league leaders last week to not be able to carry that performance into this match. The team just couldn’t get a foothold in the game. There was very little possession in the opposition half and the defence were constantly under pressure. The score remained 0:3 at half time.
After a good pep talk amongst the players and coaches during half time, the lads resolved to dominate the play more and work harder on keeping the ball.
And so it proved, a much better performance in the second half lead to several chances to score. Early in the half, Milo played overlapping Joe down the wing and his foray forced a corner. Then, good interplay by Dillan, Devone, Joe and Nathan showed the short and snappy passing which the team are capable of.
Castle vale had scored two more for a 0:5 lead but Stonnall’s performance was much better in the second half and they deserved the penalty which was awarded in the 80th minute. Nathan’s enterprising roaming role behind Oscar and Jordan meant he was enjoying lots of possession and he played in Jenko whose run was ended with a foul in the area. Nathan stepped up and dispatched the penalty high into the net.
The visitors were awarded a penalty of their own to end the match in their favour 1:6.
For much of the first half, Stonnall Phoenix, missing several key players, couldn’t cope with the physicality of the opposition but having regrouped at half time, gave an improved display and something positive to take away and work on.
Report by Pete H.
Man of the Match
Amongst several better second half performances as mentioned, one of the players who showed grit and determination, encouraging his teammates and was at the centre of the action was Jenko. For his team leading and example setting performance, he deserves this week’s MOTM. Well done Jenko.