Reserves make hay whilst the sun shines and beat those Pesky Old Fellows by Dunc, 18th Sep 2010
We’re back! It’s been rather quiet on here recently, but Ridlengaarden has stepped onto the match report soap box, mostly to mock Dan K…
Hounds Reserves 6 – 0 Portland Old Boys Reserves
Sporting Greyhound Reserves maintained their unbeaten start to the season with a 6-0 thumping of Portland Old Boys Reserves, who saw their own 100% start well and truly shattered. After a sluggish start which saw POB on the front foot, the Hounds started to find some rhythm with Cheqs and Gerro enjoying a physical battle with the POB central midfield. In one of the first clear cut chances of the half, Little struck the crossbar from an acute angle, but it wasn’t long before he had the ball in the net, finishing neatly midway through the half. The goal opened the game up with both sides looking dangerous. POB almost equalised when their striker smacked the ball against the post, while a barrage of Ridley corners from the right failed to bring a goal, despite near perfect delivery at all times. [Who wrote this?]
Hounds’ striker Kanaris was vindicating his decision to retire by failing to trouble the shaky POB ‘keeper throughout the first half, but it was Cheqs who was guilty of the worst miss of the opening period, shooting wide after an inviting Little cross from the left. With his box to box midfield performance, Cheqs looked keen to cement his place in the Reserves side for the season, but he’ll be kicking himself for not making the most of that chance with the POB ‘keeper stranded.
Hounds went in one up at half time, and expected a robust response from POB in the second half, who had occasionally looked dangerous during the opening 45 minutes and would be playing downhill after the break. However, it was the Hounds who began the half as they ended the first, attacking at will and scoring again through the dangerous Little. Everything was soon going the Hounds’ way with POB looking surprisingly stretched so early in the half, and Ridley was guilty of missing a great opportunity as he stretched to meet a delicious cross from the right by Little, but somehow put his volley wide from 4 yards. “Great defending”, shouted the POB ‘keeper. Prick. It wasn’t long, however, before Ridley had the last laugh against the POB number 1, evading the POB right back’s sliding challenge before steering the ball in at the near post from an acute angle when everybody, including the ‘keeper (who had left a huge inviting gap to be exploited), had expected a cross to come in. Kanaris and a POB defender followed the ball in as it struck the far post and crossed the line, with Kanaris attempting to claim the goal before being informed by the POB linesman that the ball had already crossed the line before he made contact. Things were to become worse for Kanaris as he missed one gilt-edged opportunity after another, culminating in him putting the best chance wide with his rarely used left foot, an empty goal at his mercy. “We could play until 10pm and you still wouldn’t score today”, someone remarked to him after game.
Ridley wasn’t wrong They weren’t wrong.
3-0 and it was one way traffic for the remainder of the half, as the Hounds carved the POB defence open with consummate ease time and again. Little added 2 more neat finishes, finding the top corner after receiving the ball, looking up and stopping for 2 seconds in amazement as the linesman’s flag failed to appear. Little’s fourth also had a hint of offside, but the POB linesman, who seemed to be enjoying a cigarette and chat with his fellow substitute, kept his flag down. Sandwiched between these strikes was an own goal from a hapless POB defender, tucking the ball away under pressure from Gerro when it seemed just as easy to put it out for a corner.
6-0 and it could so easily have been more. POB had just the one note worthy opportunity in the second half as Hounds ‘keeper Coulthard pushed a shot on to the post before gathering at the second attempt. It was a quiet afternoon for Coulthard, whose defence stood firm and was superbly marshalled by the floppy haired Nedved. An excellent performance from SGFC, whose promotion charge is back on after drawing their opening game.
Hounds Reserves Man of the Match of the Week…
Ridlengaarden’s Dick of the Day of the Week…
Special Thanks of the Week…
Rocco Fellaini, for refereeing the majority of the match.
Dunc’s Quote of the Week…
“There’s a few good Reserves players here today…” Motivational stuff from Ridlengaarden, 2010
[Score card for this report: Accuracy, 9/10. Irrelevant nonsense, 0/10. Anger, 6/10 (lifted straight from Ridlengaarden’s very own “How to win friends and motivate people.”) Overall, 3.5/7]