Old Mead’s Triumph Over Academic Opponents
Amateur Football Combination Premier Division Old Meadonians 5 UCL Academicals 0
Old Meadonians’ on song skipper Jack Costello took his season’s total to six with a timely brace on Saturday. Visitors U.C.L. must wonder what they have to do to take maximum points from Riverside Lands back to Shenley.
In the opening exchanges they gave Meads’ defence a testing time, their pacy and mobile strikers peeling off their markers and using space well on the flanks.
They could well have been be two up in half an hour as first a raking shot from the edge of the area just cleared the bar and then keeper Kris Sayers miraculously turned the ball round as it was bound for the top corner.
An opportunist strike saw Costello break the deadlock by firing in a muffed clearance from just inside the area five minutes from half time. Within minutes of the restart it was two as Will Gerrish played the ball over the top of a square defence for Leon Smith to round the keeper and put the hosts firmly in control.
It soon became three as Leon Smith exchanged passes with brother Dwayne on the left and Leon won his tackle to beat the keeper from close in. Next Alex Hugh Jones headed in a thunderbolt from Costello’s corner. Finally Costello put the seal on his performance. He picked the ball up just inside the visitors’ half and, with dummy runs being put in by the brothers Smith, saw the defence part in front of him. He arrowed into the area and drove the ball low into the corner of the net. Naturally he was named MoM.
October 17, 2006