goals: aNTHONY kNIGHT 5, aSHKAN kALASHY
Scribe: Ashkan Kalashy
This week we were up against Old Lyonians 3s. They had won their first game with an impressive number of goals, and when they turned up, it was easy to tell that they were a dangerous team. Luckily for us they did not seem to feel the same about us. This worked to our advantage. So true to the Vamp spirit we begin fighting for every ball from the very beginning right to the final whistle. If the Old Lyonians were going to win, they had to work hard for it!
They certainly were able to play the ball on the floor and use the width of the 1st team's pitch to their advantage. But the experience of our back 3 of (Duarte, Deano & Mackey) along side the hard work of Skinndy and Demel on the wings was enough to neutralise any threat that they might have posed throughout the game.
We managed to go 1-0 up through a volley hit by Ashkan Kalashy from just inside the 18 yard box. After that we knew that this game can be ours if we carried on being disciplined, worked hard and avoided any lapse of concentration.
Old Lyonians were trying to wrap their head around the idea of being 1-0 down when Darren sent the cavalry in to add to our momentum. The double substitution of Moriarty and Knight added a lot of pace to our front line. These two were also great at stopping the defenders from building up any play from the back. So the opposition had to resort to long balls, but we had Reily, Millard and our back three to make sure we won the majority of duels in the air.
After some pressure from the desperate opposition, Reilly sent a peach of a ball to Knighty to start his goal scoring machine.
Just before the half we managed to go 3-0 up but all of us had played enough Saturday football to know the job isn't done till it's done.
So in the second half every vamp did his job twice as hard, George made brilliant saves and managed the game well when he was called upon. Mackey, Deano and Lee Duarte made sure the opposition don't get a sniff. Skindy and Jason De Mel ran the width of the pitch up and down throughout the game. Kalashy, Flynt and De Mel dominated the centre-mid and Bradley, Moriarty and Millard made life very difficult for Old Lyonians defence.
Knighty I guess didn't do too bad either. He score one, or maybe two, or actually three, or was it four goals.... NO TO BE PRECISE, HE SCORED FIVE F**KING GOALS!!!
Despite the outstanding performance by man of the match Knighty I must say this was a great team performance in a gritty match that was never comfortable. In the second half the Old Lyonians never gave up an managed to narrow our lead by two goals for majority of the match, and they were always a mistake away from getting another goal or possibly equalising. This was no easy win and so the triumph at the end through the team work made it even sweeter. Next week AFA cup against Southgate County. COYVs!
TEAM: George Hill, Barry Mackey, Dan Coleman, Lee Duarte, Jonathan Hindi, Ashkan Kalashy ⚽, Jason De Mel, Jason Reilly, Jordan Flynt, Jaden Millard, Martin Bradley, Anthony Knight ⚽⚽⚽⚽⚽, Alfie Moriarty