CtS Boys Feast on Goals at Football Clusters
Christ the Saviour’s Boys’ football team kickstarted their season with a bang at their first set of cluster matches on Thursday, 4th December. With only one member of the squad having represented the school previously, how would they fare?
The first opponents were, St. Vincents, who were swept aside 3-0 with goals from Daniel, Alen and Alex. Considering that this was the first time many of the squad had played this format it was a brilliant start and it set the tone for the rest of the afternoon.
The next game saw CtS come from a goal behind to score 4 against Stanhope, with braces for Goran and Max. However, it was Alen who stole the show with 4 assists, including one fabulous curling left-footed cross, which was turned in at the far post by Max. It capped a wonderful, free-flowing team move, after William had won the ball and played neatly into Goran in midfield, who in turn fed Alen.
West Acton were next and found the Alex to Goran combination too hot to handle as the double-act struck twice. It was a pleasure to see every member working equally hard in defence and attack for Matej, who will be hoping that every game he plays in the future will be so quiet.
Hobbayne were the next opposition and they were on the receiving end of possibly the best team display of the afternoon, with Goran, Alen, Ioannis, Max and Alex getting a goal apiece, with the assists spread amongst Goran, Max and Alex (3). The only blotch on the performance was the concession of a goal but the verve and movement evident in the attacking play and the desire to win the ball back quickly and play on the front foot was again evidence of a great hunger among the players.
The penultimate game saw St John’s brushed aside 3-0 with Goran, Alen and Alex getting the goals with Alen getting all the assists, including one for himself; after hitting the post twice in succession he scored on the third attempt from a ludicrously tight angle, a truly magnificent display of mental fortitude. Once again the defending of the entire team meant that Matej remained untroubled throughout, but the blend of poise from William, presence from Daniel and energy from Ioannis made it impossible for St John’s to get any kind of control in the game.
The final game saw another CtS performance characterised by slick passing and fantastic skills - the only thing missing was a goal. Unfortunately, and hugely against the run of play, they conceded in the last 10 seconds after refusing to settle for a 0-0 and pushing everyone forward for the final few minutes. Ultimately the game has provided the squad with a valuable learning opportunity: despite playing well and controlling the game they were unable to score and ultimately didn’t get what they deserved to from the game. Moving forward, they must take these lessons onboard to ensure they are not left disappointed in the future.
The squad were understandably disappointed with how the afternoon ended but once they had some perspective they felt pleased with their efforts. In goal, Matej provided a calm yet lively presence although his involvement in many of the games was minimal due to the work rate of the players in front of him when CtS didn’t have the ball. William was the only outfield player not to register a goal or assist, but his selfless and disciplined approach to the games didn’t go unnoticed by his teammates as it allowed them to flourish further up the field, knowing that they had a solid foundation on which to build. The movement and interchanging of positions between Goran, Daniel, Ioannis, Alex, Alen and Max ultimately proved too much for most teams to handle and will only improve as they game understanding develops over the season. Overall it was an afternoon to be proud of, great effort boys!