Greenpark Rage as Ahmed bags a Brace
Ealing Fields began their second fixture of the season in a fresh new kit that, similar to Frankie Bell, was making it's debut in Greenford. After defeat in their previous outing, EF started a little nervously. Quickly though they realised that this Greenford outfit were there for the taking and passes started to find their target.
With Christmas not far away, Greenford's defence were seemingly in the giving spirit and as they failed to clear the ball, Rage Ahmed unwrapped his present by firing it into the roof of the net to make it 1-0. It was not long until this lead doubled with Zach Mills using his pace to burst between centre backs before calmly slotting the ball past the keeper. This brought Mills' season tally to 3 after an inspired move from coach South to bring the player into a striker's role.
At 2-0 EF grew in confidence and had full trust in their defensive quartet of Kan Ahumuza, Reece Hamilton, Henry Best and Finley Allan to tidy up any defensive work. Some good movement down the right from Best enabled the creative duo of Sam Bajaha and Cole Lutes to make things happen. It was Lutes who scored the third with a wonder strike into the top right corner. An early contender for goal of the season maybe?
South started to rotate his squad and with players moving out of position, Greenford started to come back into the game and at one stage grabbed a consolation goal. Not before Freddie Journet got in on the act by turning his man and firing a powerful effort into the top left corner. After the game Journet dedicated his goal to the FIFA computer game that inspired his roulette turn.
Despite the great great strikes from Journet and Lutes, coach South's favourite goal of the day was EF's fifth. A lovely passage of play that started with a perfectly placed through-ball from team captain Chris Sargsyan, which found its way through to Mills who squared the ball to Ahmed who finished expertly into the bottom corner.
There was still time left for Allan to play a game of crossbar challenge with himself, on this occasion the ball bounced down and across the line to make it 6-1. A contender for man of the match, Matija Jankovic, almost made it 7 after a run that Messi himself would have been proud of. Unfortunately, Jankovic hit the wrong side of the post as the ball went off for a goal kick.
Whilst the EF outfield players had a great day, it was a quiet day for the the EF goalkeepers. At least until the last few minutes, when an opposition midfielder attempted to lob Nathan Bewley from 40 yards! It looked like it was a certain goal until Bewley rose like a salmon and got fingertips to it. No such opportunity to shine for Abdul Ahmadi who was just a spectator, but is yet to concede a goal for EF.
A good result, but there will be tougher tests to come!
MOM Cole Lutes