Meads Firing On All Cylinders
Amateur Football Alliance Middlesex
& Essex Senior Cup Result: Old Garchonians
1 Old Meadonians 4
Yet another scalp belonging to a club from the top division of the vaunted
Southern Amateur League, Old Garchonians, is hanging, proudly displayed,
from the belt of Old Meadonians, after they treated their hosts to a taste
of ruthless but legal conflict with a four one trouncing at Edmonton on
Saturday in the A.F.A. Middlesex and Essex Senior Cup to take them into
the quarter finals.
This was Meads firing on all cylinders empowered after last weekís ten
nil hammering of a woefully depleted UCL had given them an insatiable
and unappeasable appetite for glory. From the start, with Jones and Wilson
making hay behind both full backs, it was the pace of Ed Glover that enabled
him to tear holes through the middle, backed up by Bright, Cain and Timmins
eager to get on the ball in midfield.
The hosts had little to offer in opposition as Chapman and Money masterfully
marshalled their defence to allow Meadsí full backs Bertram and Reading
the freedom to join in and bolster support to the front runners, thus
penning Garches deep in their own territory. At this point, however, the
visitors needed to brush up on their end game: the first goal refused
to materialise as final passes were narrowly astray and when Meads did
break through, while chances were not exactly spurned, first Gloverís
header skimmed the bar and then Jones and Wilson were just wide from just
inside the area. Now Sodís Law took a hand when the somnolent hosts stirred
themselves to mount a lone raid, were awarded a free-kick just outside
the box, for the fickle hand of fate to fan the ball unerringly into the
top corner and give Meads a sobering halftime.
This goal was enough of a cold douche for manager Luke Graham to have
a receptive and alert audience to ingest and act on his instructions,
to keep playing and cash in on the chances which were bound to follow.
Thus, it was resolute Meads who took a firm grip from the start of the
second half. Such was the surge from deep within the team that it succeeded
in galvanising the midfield for Charlie Cain to burst out of his right
side domain onto the left, challenged the home centre back to single combat,
beat him and calmly cushion volleyed the ball past the onrushing goalie.
Two minutes later Meads were ahead as Money headed in Cainís in-swinging
corner. Now it was one way traffic as, on the hour came the best goal
of the game and season, according to Grahamís post match briefing. The
ripple effect of Meadsí instant switching of the point of attack by passing
the ball across the back four, disrupted the opposing defence. Left back
Damian Reading then played the ball into midfield and, not content with
staying at home, ran onto the fruitful result of an interim wall pass
between Cain and Bertram to sweep the ball to the edge of the area, beat
a lone defender with his first touch and score from a narrow angle, sending
the visiting fans into raptures. Cain wrapped the game up with a rasping
penalty but was edged out of the MoM award by Aidan Chapman whose marshalling
of Meadsí defence had allowed those around him, including a grateful Cain
himself, to benefit from the freedom they reaped from his organisational
abilities. His domination of Meadsí airspace was icing on the cake.
Squad: Squad: Marshall, Bertram, Reading, Money, Chapman (C), Timmins,
Cain, Bright, Jones (Vitrotti), Wilson, Glover.
December 4, 2018