Twy leave it so late Sam?
After a bit of a break in the school football season, Ealing Fields hosted their first home match against Twyford. What the match lacked in goal nets, it certainly did not lack in action! Spectators were thrilled not only by some high-quality refereeing from Mr South, but also by the end-to-end attacking displays demonstrated by both teams!
Whilst Twyford struggled to deal with the boggy conditions at the newly named, ‘Faith’ end, EF were revelling in the higher than usual levels of mud. Accurate clearances meant that EF could spring a number of dangerous counter attacks. Ahmed and Journet used their pace to carry the ball deep inside Twyford territory on a number of occasions. This relieved some of the pressure on the EF defence that had to cope with wave upon wave of attack. Best, Allen, Sargsyan and Hamilton making a number of blocks and last ditch tackles to keep their first half clean sheet. Man of the match Ahumuza showing a maturity beyond his years to read the game as if he was in a DEAR session! EF looked solid with Ahumuza sweeping up any defensive mistakes and Ahmadi looking safe between the sticks when shots did sneak through.
The pace of Best and the engine of Allen looked a constant threat when counter attacking. Lutes also started to see more of the ball and sent the Twyford defence running back towards their own goal on number of occasion. Journet seemed to be emulating Diego Costa as he carried the ball powerfully past the centre back to create the first opportunity for a clear shot on goal. Journet accepted this opportunity by firing the ball into the bottom corner! EF’s very own mini-maestro Jankovic made it 2-0 with a wonder strike from the edge of the box. It was Ahmed who squared it before Jankovic fired the ball in off the bar. After interviewing Miss McCann, Jankovic’s mentor, she said; “He manages to get that much power from such little legs because of the amount he eats at family dining!”
The second-half started with Twyford on top and, whilst Allen had done well first half to keep their star winger quiet, he started to find a bit more space second half. This was partly due to EF losing the ball a few too many times in midfield and too many touches too often. South even considered taking Sam ‘twinkle toes’ Bajaha off for not releasing the ball early enough on a number of occasions, but the knowledge that Bajaha could have one game changing piece of magic in him was enough to keep him on the field. Would this decision come back to haunt Mr South?
Twyford created two excellent chances, both coming from crosses from the right hand side. However, they could not keep their composure. Maybe they were intimidated by Bewley in goal or maybe they were just feeling the pressure. It took a long range effort to make it 2-1 as the ball arrowed into the corner and soon after the comeback looked to be complete as the Twyford striker calmly finished a one-on-one opportunity. It looked like Twyford’s to go on and win, and they most certainly would have if it wasn’t for Bewley making 2 massively important saves, one of which needed him to be alert and quickly off his line.
With EF holding on and 5 minutes left on the clock, it was time for that moment of magic Mr South had been waiting for. EF won a free quick in a wide attacking position, giving the EF defence some much needed respite. Allen took this opportunity to whip a cross into the box. The cross had a nice amount of pace on and so was difficult to clear, instead it landed at the feet of Bajaha who teed himself up for a left foot volley over the keeper. Some have said they even saw Bajaha smile briefly after the goal, but this is only a rumour!
A great win, but less focus should be on the result, and more focus on how we can refine even further!
Well played lads.
MOM Kan Ahumuza