Westwood Park U13’s vs St James Eagles

29/04/2012 at 4:50 pm | Posted in Match Reports | Leave a comment

Home Match: 21st April 2012

WPFC Squad: Oliver Collier, Edward Eaton-Hart, Ben Hardy, David Jewsbury, Sam Kennion, Ryan King, Patrick Merchant, Oli Moir, Rohan Montgomery, Edward Mundy, Edward Murphy, Dan O’Sullivan, Joe Savage, Elliot Smythe, Arjan Tiwana, David Thomas, Joseph Tunney, Arun Vij

Match Result: Westwood Park 6 – St James Eagles 4

Scorers: Joseph Tunney 4, Edward Mundy 1, Oliver Collier 1 This was always going to be an important match. Not only was it our esteemed head coach’s last game in charge but also it was probably the team that the boys
most wanted to beat. The previous away fixture against the St James Eagles resulted in a disappointing 3-2 loss and the boys were keen to turn this around.

This last match of the season kicked off at 9.30am and the larger than normal parents crowd saw attacking football at both ends of the pitch. An early cross from the byline by the opposition was well defended by Ryan at right fullback and Joe Savage in goal.

We were hardly 10 minutes into the game when Joe Tunney received the ball just inside the box and an accurate shot sailed over the keeper’s head into the roof of the net to notch up an early 1-0 lead. Further attacks by the opposition still could not break through our defence and somehow we scrambled away the ball from our penalty box more than once. 15 minutes into the game Oli Moir broke away “gazelle like” from defence and advanced 30 yards down the right side of the pitch.( Oli had been pleading to play midfield all season ! ) The ball was crossed into the middle of the opposition’s half and taken forward by Joe Tunney whose right foot low shot ended up in the corner of the goal notching up his second goal of the day. WestwoodPark were 2-0 ahead.

Further skirmishes in our own penalty box gave the home crowd some concern but good play by Joe Savage and the defence seemed to scramble the ball away yet again! It was encouraging to see WestwoodPark continue to play good football and to pass the ball on the ground between the players rather than the “hoof” up the middle of the pitch. A further attack by the opposition on 30 minutes saw a well taken shot hit the back of the home side’s net. 2-1 to WestwoodPark. Unfortunately the opposition’s best player ran around our defence, and then around them again, and slotted away a second goal to even up the score.

Half time came and the home crowd called upon the head coach for an inspirational team talk! It worked, and 4 minutes into the second half Ed Mundy scrambled the ball across the opposition’s line for Westwood to take a 3-2 lead. Unfortunately over exuberant (but commendable ) defensive play within the home team’s box resulted in a penalty for the opposition. Joe Savage did extremely well to save the penalty but euphoria was short lived as the penalty taker followed up well and took the scores back to level 3-3.

Within a few more minutes a well worked goal by the opposition saw them take the lead to 4-3. The WestwoodPark boys were behind again but they continued to play sensible football and continued to attack the opposition’s half. Edward Eaton-Hart was unlucky with a first time shot from the edge of the box. A poor clearance by the keeper saw the ball land close to Joe Tunney who quickly hit the ball back over the keeper’s head to see the scores even again at 4-4.

This was becoming a roller-coaster match. With 10 minutes to go an accurate shot by Joe Tunney was saved by their reserve keeper but Oliver Collier pounced on the opportunity and calmly placed home the rebound. WestwoodPark were up 5-4. The next 10 minutes seemed like 20 as the boys sensed a well deserved victory. With 1 minute remaining our prolific scorer Joe Tunney chipped the ball over the opposition’s keeper to secure a memorable victory with 6 goals to 4.

This was a very good game on which to end the season. It was played with good grace by both teams and a well deserved victory for our boys over a team who to date had only lost to King’s Church Amersham, the league leaders.

A presentation after the game to Paul Tunney was well deserved. Every boy has benefitted from Paul’s enthusiasm and dedication over many years. Thank you Paul and your trusted lieutenants Sandy and Hywel for all your hard work.

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