The Stallions win on Mother’s Day in a feisty game.
The Stallions put on a steely performance to win against arch rivals Wigton Moor who were seeking a revenge following their acrimonious defeat from the cup earlier in the season.
The tension was palpable before the game as extra police were brought in to keep the peace at bay during a game that surely should have been an early morning kick off? The fans of the two teams can no longer walk on the same side of the street so it seems after the last game in which they questioned the integrity of Coach Dave who was left to ref the game in the absence of the independent official.
Coaches Dave and Mark fielded Cam, Kiernan, Luke and Dan in front of Max. Dylan S, Leo and Sam in midfield, with Ed and Alfie on the wings and JR up front.
The game kicked off at a frenetic pace and for the first 15 minutes the Stallions lay siege on the away team’s goal with JR scoring after only 4 minutes having just seen a close-range volley from a well taken corner go wide. The goal itself was from a free kick taken by Dan and knocked on by Dylan S who had a solid game throughout.
With the Stallions dominating the early stages the home fans were stunned when after 15 minutes the score was level after a cross by the former Stallions favourite Uzair looped over Max and into the back of the net. This goal gave Wigton the lift they needed, and the game opened up and was more evenly contested by both teams. Dan and Alfie had space down the left to run at Wigton when the ball got to them but the away team seemed to be winning the centre midfield area as some of their players had more physical presence and the Stallions midfield players did not seem to be getting the support of the ref much to the annoyance of Coach Dave who was giving the young ref a piece of his mind all to often. With Wigton on the ascendency the Stallions switched Will for Ed and Jed for Sam and then moments later Dylan P for Alfie who had strained something or other.
The game caught fire after 25 minutes after Lucca blatantly tripped Kiernan after he had won a contested ball. As Kiernan saw red and walked towards Lucca the ref stepped in and presented the victim with a yellow card and the perpetrator, after what seemed like minutes, also with a yellow card for what surely was a sending off offence. Coach Dave hit the roof, like Thor the god of thunder, his voice rang out with rage like never before. The ref quivered and then called Dave forward to reprimand his outburst. Lucca’s dad was seen trying to walk around to the coaches enclosure and the away fans went livid against the coach they already despise.
The game was becoming secondary to what was happening off the pitch but this changed when Leo fought and won the ball just over the half way line before charging forward and netting the ball in off the post from 10 metres. The goal came just before the interval to the pleasure of the home team.
The second half resumed with Alfie, Jed and Dylan S on the bench. Ed was at right back and Sam back in centre mid. The away team dominated the early stages of the second half as the Stallions struggled to find the composure they showed at times in the first half. Coaches M & D brought Alfie on for JR after 10 minutes who needed a well-earned break after running and fighting for every ball in the game up until then.
After 14 minutes the away team got their just reward as Uzair struck a good cross into the net that perhaps the home team, on reflection, should have defended better. The away team were now pushing forwards and looking more likely to score as the Stallions struggled to get and keep a hold of the ball.
After 20 minutes the 2nd dramatic moment of the game came when the referee awarded a dubious penalty to the away team after what looked like a dive that was worthy of an Oscar. The home fans bemoaned the decision and over looked a more obvious penalty decision that had gone un-noticed by the referee only moments before. With tensions running high Max saved the penalty that was destined for the top right-hand corner. With his fingers outstretched and every sinew in his body one foot longer than seen before he tipped the ball over the cross bar. The Stallions were back in the game.
Max’s save lifted the home team and as the away team rued their misfortune it was that man Leo again who got onto a pass by Will to put the ball into the back of the net and to restore the home teams lead.
With JR and Dan back on the pitch and Jed fighting for every ball down the right hand side against a full back twice his size the home team began to look more comfortable as they saw out the game. A long range shot from Dylan S went just wide as did a similar long rage effort from Dan.
The Stallions held on for a well-earned victory with all the team playing their part in the victory.