The St Matthew’s fans, which included teachers, parents, pupils and press, turned up in force to see the St Matthew’s football team extend their winning streak to five straight wins.
In what was a very windy afternoon, the boys started the game very confidently. Moments into the match the centre forward, Josh, found himself in space in the penalty area testing the goalkeeper. Wigmore, who were very confident at the back, passed the ball between their back two. Cory and Dimitrios chased them down and put pressure on them. The Wigmore attack was no match for Lemar at the back, who prevented any opportunity for them to score.
Theo, who was playing left back, sprinted towards goal before linking up with his brother Dimitrios, who used his skills to get past two of the Wigmore defence. Dropping his shoulder left and right, Dimitrios knocked the ball out of his feet from 20 yards out before smashing the ball passed the keeper in the top corner of the net taking the lead for St Matthew’s.
The boys continued putting pressure on the Wigmore team with their two-touch passing and the back three did not look like they would concede. Aman, the agile goalkeeper, was pulling off saves left, right and centre, keeping the boys in the game. On the counter-attack, Lemar accelerated forward, passing to Josh who very coolly played a lovely through ball to Dimitrios who again hit home for St Matthew’s, slotting the ball passed the goalkeeper making it 2-0.
Cory, who was battling his way in midfield making crucial tackles and headers in the centre of the park, came off for a rest to make way for debutant Scott. Within seconds of being on the pitch, Scott found himself on the end of a superb cross from Theo and smashed the ball in the bottom of the goal to make it 3-0 scoring his first ever goal for St Matthew’s with his first touch. Unfortunately, Scott immediately had to come off the pitch due to hurting himself whilst celebrating.
Moments before the half time whistle, Wigmore won a penalty. Aman, who had made crucial saves throughout the first half, guessed the right way but was unable to prevent the ball from going in the net.
The first half ended 3-1 to St Matthew’s thanks to goals from Dimitrios and Scott.
The second half saw St Matthew’s play with a lot of confidence, knocking the ball amongst them. Addam, who was marking the tallest player on the pitch, made crucial tackles and headers to prevent him from causing any threat to Aman in goal. Whilst on the attack, Dimitrios played in Josh and with a powerful strike which was saved by the Wigmore keeper.
Lemar, came to the rescue as Wigmore caught St Matthew’s on the counter attack. He stood bravely and battled to win the ball every time the opportunity arose. Once Lemar won the ball he played the ball to Cory, who looked up and laid the ball off to Dimritios. Dimitrios got the ball, and used his trickery to beat the Wigmore defence which put him one-on-one with the keeper … and … yes, you guessed it, he slotted home for St Matthew’s making it 4-1. At this point the fans were singing “Dimitrios, he scores when he wants”.
The final score saw everyone very happy and the boys once again did themselves very proud in achieving such a great result. The boys now have one more game left of their season, against Ramridge. Can they continue their winning streak?
A big thank you to all the parents, teachers and pupils who came and showed the team their support, not forgetting our very own photographer Mr Hatton for taking pictures of the match.
Man of the match, as voted by parents and teachers, goes to Lemar for his fantastic efforts in defence and his bursting runs forward.
Team: Addam, Aman, Cory, Dimitrios (3), Josh, Lemar, Scott (1), Theo (C ).