Edmontonians 1 - 4 Mayfield
New Blood brings fire back to the Heart of Mayfield
A truly memorable game, that some believe could
mark a new era at Mayfield Athletic Football Club, and see the one
time giant of Saturday League football awaken from the depths of
despair and return to ultimate domination.
Debuts for Andy
'the silks' House and Alex 'the
rock' Buckland, and a second appearance for young starlet
Russell Winborn (brother of
Team Captain Jason Winborn),
inspired a convincing victory that saw Mayfield leap-frog their
bitter rivals, the Old Edmontonians, on a boggy pitch at Firs Farm.
After some deliberation,
Jason decided to start
the Irish Maverick Gus Joyce
between the sticks, after his original choice, Vas,
showed signs in the pre-match knock-up that he may be of more
value to the team on the field of play.
opted for a 4-5-1 formation with view to keepings things tight
in the first half , by dominating in midfield, and to see
how the match panned out. (Learning from last week when an
early goal was conceded and needless pressure applied from
Mayfield could not have got off to a worse start,
as an Old Ed striker found room between the two centre backs, got
on to the end of a perfectly threaded pass, and sent a low hard
shot accurately towards the far top corner. Gus
was able to more than match this magnificent strike, with a fine
save, diving to his right. The ball rebounded back in to the danger
area, and the first to react was Dave.
Unfortunately Dave's successful
reading of the rebound was not matched with a successful clearance,
and the ball ended up in the back of the net. 6
mins in and it was Old Ed's
1 Mayfield 0.
Lesser teams may have crumbled, but Mayfield
were not disheartened by the opposition's early advantage, and soon
came close to levelling the match, when after 10
mins Andy went through
one on one but his delicate chip was some what fortuitously blocked
by the out-rushing keeper.
Mayfield dominated possession, working from the
back and dominating in midfield. A wave of corners, 4 in quick succession,
really applied the pressure, but no break through was made. On 30
mins, a quick counter attack by Old Eds, found their striker bearing
down on goal, one on one, to make the score 2 - 0. Gus was quick
to react, closing down the angle and making things difficult for
the striker. The shot hit the foot of the post and went out for
a goal kick. This would have been a cruel blow, and Mayfield really
would have had a mountain to climb.
It was a turning point in the game. You could
sense the frustration of the Old Ed's side, as they knew how much
pressure they had been under, and this near miss instead of inspiring
them seemed to serve to deflate them. Mayfield continued as before,
and in the 38th minute the equaliser came. A glorious strike from
the edge of the box by Stevey Kill. Old
Ed's 1 Mayfield 1.
The teams went in all square at half-time, but
with Mayfield having recently equalised and having enjoyed the majority
of possession and attacking endeavour, the impetus was on them to
take control of the match.
hamstring was giving him problems again, so Jimmy,
a natural striker, was brought on as Mayfield opted for a more adventurous
Mayfield picked up where they had left off in
the 1st half, and in the 52nd minute an exquisite ball from Dave,
sent Stevey Kill bursting down the left flank. Stevey managed to
pick out fellow striker Jimmy in the box, who expertly rolled the
ball in to the bottom right hand corner. The ball seemed to take about
15 minutes to find it's way over the goal line, but Jimmy knew what he
was doing I am sure. Old Ed's 1 Mayfield
From this point on Mayfield dominated in some
style, and the back four could only watch and admire as the midfield
pushed on in search of the killer 3rd goal, bringing a string of
fine saves from the Old Ed's keeper. Steffen and Jason were the
architects of each move, and Andy's presence on the right flank
caused the Old Ed's no end of problems.
In the 60th
minute Vas stepped out
from the shadows to make his presence felt. A slightly over hit
corner from the left, found Alex
at the far post, who showed great composure in bringing the ball
down and bided his time before picking out Vas
on the edge of the six yard box. Vas's
first touch was a little flick directly up in to the air, after
which he was able to slip on a six pence, and send massive confusion
through the heart of the Old Ed's defence by laying flat on his
back just beyond the penalty spot. Foolishly the Old Ed's defence
stood off, assuming that the ball would merely fall back down to
earth and hit the floored player, but they had fallen in to Vas's
trap. Lifting his legs vertically, Vas
was able to perform his speciality, the lying down overhead kick.
To add another layer of majesty to this move, and further confuse
the opposition, Vas uses the
studs of his boot rather than the foot, to meet the ball. He picked
out Jason, also in the six yard
box, who managed to pick out Jimmy,
also in the six yard box, who was able to find the back of the net!
Old Ed's 1 Mayfield 3
The game was as good as over, when with 75
minutes on the clock Stevey
Kill managed to match Jimmy's
double strike, with a sweetly struck free kick from a good 35 yards.
Old Ed's 1 Mayfield 4
A convincing victory, with debutants Andy
and Alex providing a youthful
energetic and classy edge that may have been lacking in recent weeks.
The presence of Gus in goal
should not be underestimated, as his competence allowed for the
rest of the team to concentrate on playing the game that is Mayfield