Old Meads Continue Recovery of League Campaign
Amateur Football Combination Premier Division: Old Meadonians 3 Honourable Artillery Company 1
Old Meadonians continued the recovery of their hitherto stuttering league campaign with a convincing win over level-pegging Honourable Artillery Company to take them to third in the table with two games in hand over leaders U.C.L. at Riverside Lands on Saturday in what was a six point game.
The slightly flattering score-line was not redressed until visitors got a consolation with minutes to go, a belated reward for giving Meads’ defence a thorough examination for the first twenty minutes.
The stiff breeze was more than partially responsible for this but even so the visitors found themselves unable to take advantage of it, against a home defence bolstered by the return from injury of centre-back Allastair McCombe and almost conceded a goal on the half hour when mid-fielder Alex Hugh Jones mistimed his volley from close in.
The visitors were to rue their lack of ambition when their hosts treated them to an exhibition of how to profit from pressure with a two goal burst in the first ten minutes of the second half. First Peter Eguae, revelling from a free roaming roll alongside fellow striker Leon Smith, was found by Owen Wolfe. He rapidly out flanked his marker on the right to feed Smith who slipped the ball under the advancing keeper.
Almost immediately, from the second of two quick corners, centre-back Liam Palmer hurdled several bodies to head in a loose ball to give Meads a cumfy cushion. The cream came with twenty minutes to go as Smith got away down the right to put across a perfectly weighted ball into the path of Ed Glover coming in from the left and he, timing his run perfectly, skimmed the ball into the far corner of the net with a supreme strike.
The visitors were by no means finished and in isolated raids squandered two chances before they got their solitary reward. Owen Wolfe deserves a special mention for his menace from set pieces and corners but the MoM award went to Ed Glover for his overall input capped by his outstanding goal.
Team: Shannon, Pointer, McCombe, Palmer, Glover, W.Gerrish, Wolfe, Hugh Jones, (Lovell), Rhone, Smith, Eguae.
January 31, 2008