Old Blues 3s vs. Merton 4s
ISEH Intermediate Novets Cup, Round 2
Saturday 10th October 2018

With this match report being drafted nearly two weeks late, I apologise in advance for lack of detail.


The apology is justified as bullet points are all I can muster up to provide an outline of how the game went.


  • Our opposition in Round 2 of the SAL Cup hailed from Richmond and were in the form of Old Blues, a team situated in the league below us however having a decent start to the season having played 3, winning twice and losing once.


  • Old Blues went ahead through only for Dom Plumridge to equalised half way through the first half. Old Blues retained the league going into the break.


  • Old Blues increased their margin by two. It was at this point that we introduced Andrew Stears into the game which proved to be a game changer.


  • With 10 minutes to go Merton were awarded a penalty after a handball decision went against the hosts. Up stepped Dom to convert from the spot to make it a very interesting conclusion to the game.


  • Merton skipper receives a yellow card for persistent fouling. A sign of frustration.


  • Merton hard work pays off when Andrew Minkevich unleashes a first footed half-volley that hit the bag of the onion bag with only a couple of minutes to go taking the game into extra time.


  • Nothing happened in extra time which meant penalties.


  • Merton won the toss and selection Old Blues to kick first.


  • Old Blues 1st Penalty – Scored!


  • Merton 1st Penalty (Dom Plumridge) – Saved!


  • Old Blue 2nd Penalty – Saved by Kieran!


  • Merton 2nd Penalty (Denys Zhurbiy) – Scored!


  • Old Blues 3rd Penalty – Scored!


  • Merton 3rd Penalty (Roman Bilivskyi) – Scored! JUST!


  • Old Blues 4th Penalty – Scored!


  • Merton 4th Penalty (John Gridley) – Scored!


  • Old Blues 5th Penalty – Scored!


  • Merton 5th Penalty (Edward Plaistow) – Scored!


  • Sudden Death!


  • Old Blues 6th Penalty – Scored!


  • Merton 6th Penalty (Andrew Stears) – Scored!


  • Old Blues 7th Penalty – Missed! Blazed over the bar.


  • Merton 7th Penalty (Andrew Minkevich) – Scored!


  • Having won the shootout 6-5, it was Merton that progress to the Quarter-Finals where Polytechnic 7s lie in wait.


  • If we switch off like we did in the first half of this game, the cup run will surely end in the next round.


FINAL SCORE: Old Blues 3s 3 – 3 Merton 4s – Merton win 6-5 on penalties.
SCORER(S): Dom Plumridge (2) and Andrew Minkevich

MOTM: Dom Plumridge – A solid performance once again. Tom Johnson was a close shout along with Andree Stears.

DOTD: Edward Plaistow – Picked up a yellow card and committed a foul throw

STARTING LINE-UP: Kieran Lee (GK), Edward Plaistow (Capt.), Tom Johnson, John Gridley, Thomas Murphy, Callum Fisher, Roman Bilivitskiy (Andrew Stears), Andrew Minkevich, Sam Spiers, Dom Plumridge, Denys Zhurbiy 

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