Jubilee Jaguars 1:5 Stonnall Phoenix
Jenko, Jordan 3, Oscar
Stonnall Phoenix dominated throughout but had to be patient before claiming the victory in the second half.
The visitors started the match well and nearly scored from Oscar and Jordan efforts from a number of corners. The game was played mainly in the hosts’ half as Phoenix pressed effectively forcing many dead ball situations. Jenko forced a save and Jordan headed over the bar, then Liam and Joe tried from distance.
Jaguars held out until the 26th minute when a solid defensive header by Ennis found its way into the opposition penalty area and an onrushing Jenko challenged the goalkeeper with the loose ball bouncing off him into the net. Despite further shots from Oscar, Nathan and JJ, the lead remained 0:1 to Stonnall at half time.
The defence of Joe, Ennis and Ross had protected goalkeeper Alfie well with Liam and JJ marshalling the midfield and supplying the forwards with searching passes. Alfie had very little to do in the first half but a minute into the second half a speculative ball into the box bounced over him for an equalising goal. Just three minutes later though, the lead was restored with Jordan’s looping backwards header from Liam’s throw in. Confidence started to flow now and further corners resulted in efforts from JJ and Jordan over the bar before Jordan twisted and turned in the area and poked the ball in for his second and Stonnall’s third goal for a 3:1 lead after 63 minutes.
Just three minutes later, Oscar made a typically strong and bustly run before being fouled for a penalty. Jordan stepped up and coolly scored from the spot to complete a second half hatrick. Oscar again found space but shot over before getting on the score sheet himself with a volley from another corner to make it 5:1. There was still time for Nathan, who had linked up play well throughout the game, to hook a volley just over the bar.
A well deserved victory from a patient and determined team effort. Jubilee Jaguars made it difficult in the first half by swarming defenders around the ball but once spaces started to open up in the second half, Phoenix adapted well to settle the game in their favour.
Report by Pete H.
Man of the Match
When you dominate a game in terms of possession, you need someone to step up to convert the chances created. Good pressure all over the pitch lead to mistakes by the opposition which attacking players like Oscar, Nathan, Milo, Jenko and Dillan were able to take advantage of to create chances. One player though ultimately made the difference in terms of the scoreline by being a constant threat and was rewarded with his first hatrick. Bruce has given this week’s MOTM to Jordan. Well done Jordan.