Stamperland 2001s West Region cup
Stampy Jnrs 3-1 Pirie Park YFC
Not a great day for football with the wind howling down the length of the park so coin toss was the key to this, take the wind first half and get a lead was the plan and hope the wind disappeared.
Pirie and ourselves have produced 3 great games over the last year producing three draws and this one certainly didn’t disappoint as something had to give otherwise it was pens after the 90 mins. We still look a bit out of match fitness but the midfield of Cammy,Jack,Kai Jordan and Adam worked hard in difficult conditions to supply James who looked really hungry as he chased down everything he could. The back four I’ve really tried to get to cut out the silly mistakes and only once today did we look vulnerable against a team that we know we can match.
Throughout the first half we looked to take advantage and created all the best chances with Cammy in goal having absolutely nothing to do with the defence limiting Pirie to occasional sniffs at goal. It took us a while to get a foot hold in the game and a scrappy goal coming from some play down the right eventually with Jordan having a shot and Kai then managing to bundle the ball over the line we then looked to press on and some great balls were being sprayed about and Jack then made his way into the box and then it was 2.
Raheem always seems to be the one in the team to take the knocks and it wasn’t long after he was back on his feet and stabbed the ball over the line so we then had something to defend in the second half.
Got the boys in and told them to keep up the work rate but make sure we were comfortable on the ball as the wind was against us.
As the game progressed it all got a bit scrappy and I could sense an atmosphere building as Pirie looked to up the stakes and get in with the physical game and this eventually lead to a bit of a stramash at the side of the park which I tried to defuse only to the be told by their number 5 to get off the park, unbeknown to him I was actually still at the touch line! This lack of discipline continued as number 5 again told us to get to the other side of the park…..if only I had a camera when the realisation hit that this was my home game and the only team doing the walk of shame was his!
Bit of a shame really as we afforded the away team a bit of courtesy allowing them to hug the shelter on the same side of the pitch in pretty horrible conditions…. not a mistake I will be likely to make again!
Piries lack of disciple and respect let them down today. I’ve always really enjoyed playing against them but their once unique brand of unique enthusiasm for the game quickly turned ugly as we proved the better team today.
Can’t praise the boys enough for doing the easy bit in the first half but then going on to protect that well built lead into the 2nd with a great disciplined defensive display.