A well - earned victory for the Greens
By Andy Rhind
A great game, tightly fought - 'til the Green turned on the magic in the final quarter.
What a game we had today, as two giants of grassroots Under 8 football met on a sunkissed Hartham Common. From the off the game was close, with some great runs from Harry and Miles in the first quarter, painfully denied a goal between them. Good defending and tackling from Alex and Henry, in their workmanlike style and some great saves from Freddy who looked completely at home between the sticks. The first quarter ended goalless, with it all to play for.
The second quarter saw more end to end action with a great shot from Lachlan blocked by the Sabres 'keeper, and some robust defending from Freddy and good pressure from Alex, Miles and Henry in the Bengeo half. Then a penalty gave the visitors the chance to break the deadlock and get ahead. They didn't squander that chance, and the Greens walked off for half time a goal down.
After a rousing half time talk from newly promoted Director of Football Paul, the Greens took to the pitch with renewed resolve, thinking carefully about their positioning and putting some great passing together. Both defence, in the shape of Alex and Freddy, and attack were working hard, with Lachlan seeing a shot go wide, and Harry keeping the pressure on. Then a skilful second goal from the visitors evaded seasoned keeper Miles.
But in the final quarter the Greens dug deep and found some truly magical form. A hat trick for Miles, and two for Harry, assisted by Lachlan and Henry's build ups, pulled the Greens well clear and gave the strikers their reward for persevering. Mention should also go to Alex for a strong performance in goal and a spectacular save between his knees!
All in all a great performance from the Greens; a great result, but most important of all a demonstration of great team play and skill. Let's go easy on those dragbacks though! Onwards and upwards. Well done Greens.
Paul and Andy