Old Mead's subdue spirited challenge from lowly league rivals
Amateur Football Combination Premier Division - Old Aloysians 2 Old Meadonians 5
Twenty minutes into the game the home side had virtually sold the pass by lax marking at corners as Kevin Quinn volleyed in on ten minutes and then was given the freedom to head a second two minutes later and Allastair McCombe towered to head the third soon after.
At the other end Lee Coneybeare was called on to make two vital saves to remind Meads that they still had work to do. More angst followed as a comfortable lead was whittled by two excellent strikes before fifteen minutes of the second half had elapsed.
Meads countered by putting on dynamic midfielder Daniel Bond who immediately injected the necessary urgency as the visitors took control again. With fifteen minutes to go he put the ball into the top corner from twenty five yards and then Albert Adomah crowned a ten minute purple patch when no one could lay a hand on him by turning to crash in from ten yards.
Kevin Quinn was named MoM. Barring a catastrophe next Saturday, such as losing ten-nil in the return with Latymer, Old Meadonians have now clinched a record sixth championship win and, by adding this accolade to the two cups they have already won this season, have now done the triple for the second time in five years and the double for the third.
Celebrations after the match were suitably muted as Meads still want to win on Saturday to maintain their unbeaten record in open play this season. Their only defeat has been on penalties in the A.F.A. senior cup when a terrible injury to keeper Kris Sayers, which put him on crutches for five weeks, left him unable to stand on his left leg for the shoot out.
May 16, 2006