NEWS  :  Season 2010/11

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Reserves scrape to victory against CSV | Unbeaten firsts beat Ashley! by Dunc, 23rd Oct 2010

Two tough wins for both teams this week, j_DAN returns as reporter extraordinaire for the Reserves.

Hounds Reserves 3 – 1 Clifton St Vincents A

The game started with a dark cloud hanging over the pitch and the team anticipating the inevitable downpour… probably a metaphor for… erm…

So the game kicked off and the rain came down. Hounds took a while to get into the game with the ball skidding around the pitch and becoming harder and harder to control… the early part of the game (well, the first half pretty much) belonged to CSV as they tormented the defence with their movement and pace and they carved open a few opportunities to take the lead. One such ‘chance’ fell to their number nine. After a whipped in low cross from the right winger zipped across the turf, Jimmy (or ‘Jeeves’ according to Gerro) went to lash the ball out to safety, only to miss/slice the ball straight to the unmarked number 9, who opted for power – he smashed it off the underside of the bar, the ball crossing the line only to bounce out… Jeeves, sorry, Jimmy, was disappointed not to notch up his first assist of the season, but the ref can only give what he sees and all he saw was a glaring miss. The inevitable goalline technology argument case book has again been opened with CSV desperately unlucky not to take the lead.

They soon did take the lead through a dubious penalty decision, the ball bouncing off the surface up onto Gerro’s hand. The penalty was coolly despatched despite the ball sitting in a crater when it was kicked and CSV took a deserved lead.

The tackles started flying in, and Fordy was caught in the middle of the park by a late challenge. When offered the hand of apology he yelled “No…! I am not having that!!!” I shat myself…

Hounds got themselves back into the game slowly, and grabbed an equaliser late in the first half, when the Baron Ridlengaarden IV tee’d the ball up nicely for Gerro to smash home.

Half-time, for the second week in a row, 1-1 and a lot of improvement required…

The second half started a lot better and the Hounds decided to play some of their trade mark ‘deck football’ with some intricate passing and movement making life hard for the CSVillians whose average height (discounting Willow in midfield) was seven foot four…

However it took some route one football for Hounds to make the breakthrough again, with Mike hoofing it up field for Tim to run onto, beat the on-rushing keeper to the ball, and nestling it in the bottom corner of the empty net. Hooray.

The game was still very much up for grabs though and CSV forced Mike into “the best save I have ever seen” (Baron Ridlengaarden VIII) from point blank range.

Then came a moment of magic. Fordy gathered the ball halfway in the opposition half, sized up his shot, and curled a delicious curling curler into the top corner, with the keeper stranded. Lovely stuff…

The Hounds then sensibly played out the game without doing anything silly and won 3-1. Perhaps not a fair reflection on the game, but some of the football played in the second half proved what we most of us can do…

MOTM was closely run between Mike, Tim and Fordy but I think Tim got it, or maybe Fordy… Oh I dunno, I stop listening…

Hounds Reserves Man of the Match of the Week…

Timedine! (Yes, I know, it looks like “Time Dine” – it’s meant to be the same as Zinedine (Zidane)… Not my idea.)

Hounds 1 – 0 Ashley

Little scores (again) as the first team adopt a 1-8-1 formation (as only midfielders seemed to be available this week…)

Hounds Man of the Match of the Week…

Definitely Cheqs.

Video Highlight of the Week Century…

First Team bossman (and die hard Evertonian) Matt “Ben Mitchell” McMahon allowed cameras into his home to capture the moment he found out he WOULD be wearing a Liverpool kit to two training sessions:

The most shameful thing about that is that he’s obvioulsy a closet Girls Aloud fan. Come along to training this week (and next) to see him kissing the Liverpool badge!

Dunc’s Quote of the Week…

OUTRAGEOUS!!!!!!!!!” Fordy, after being unexpectedly taken from behind, late, 2010



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