On a sunny, but chilly, spring lunchtime the Merton Under 10’s met the Old Walcountians.Β With some big names missing this week, the Merton 7 would have to play the whole match with no subs.
For merton’s first goal, Jemal got the ball one on one – there was no doubt when he danced round the defender and scored.
Ted, working hard down the left, produced some lovely footwork to supply Jemal, whose run provided the perfect pass to William, who cooly slotted home his first goal for Merton.
More great work on the left resulted in a corner, superbly taken by Ted and converted by Jemal.
Old Walcountians rarely got forward but when they did everything was caught by Oliver in goal, or defended expertly by Christian and Tom.
Steve worked hard down the right and his angled shot was saved well by the keeper. The score was 3-0 at half time.
Merton came out very tired at the start of the 2nd half and with some quick passing, Old W’s scored.
This jump-started the Merton boys into action, after a run from Steve, a lovely pass to Jemal, who controlled the ball and passed to William who scored his 2nd goal and Merton restored their 3 goal advantage.
William, full of confidence, tried a Ginola-esqe looping shot which went just wide.
Merton, totally dominating now created another – Jemal ran onto Steve’s cross, went on a mazy run and scored for his hat-trick.
Then came the goal of the game, maybe even the season. After some lovely passes from midfield, Steve’s challenge looped up, he headed it onto Tom, who played a perfect 1-2, passing it back to Steve who crossed it to Jemal in the middle, he turned with the ball and scored his 4th. Barcelona-esqe!!
More to come – William got the ball in midfield and from well outside the box, shot low and completed his hat-trick.
Again Jemal and William worked well together and a Jemal cross provided William with the opportunity to score his 4th. 8-1.
A fantastic team effort – Ollie in goal was great as usual and did everything that was asked of him, which wasn’t too much thanks to the amazing defensive pairing of Tom and Christian. Ted had his best game of the season, running up and down the left wing.
Man of the Match – William. His Brazilian and German heritage shone through!
With the work ethic and the natural footballing ability of this team, it’s onwards and upwards…bring on the cup final!
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