Moormead FC (MFC) raised expectations for the rest of the season with a thumping 4 -0 opening victory with goals from Sam, Miles, Mani and Dilly.
There were certainly a lot of pre match nerves and worries around, and that was just the dads. It certainly wasn’t the team as they started impressively, stroking the ball around and attacking the opposition in numbers.
The crowd grew, Dilly’s boots finally arrived and MFC continued searching for an opening goal. Woodmanstern Hyde Colts Hurricanes’, with possibly the longest name in the league, kept to there defensive duties impressively though, with the keeper having an excellent first half. Chances came and went, Mani hit the post, but it took an wonderful piece of play from Sam to break the deadlock. He picked the ball up from the right wing, took the ball into the penalty area, dribbled past two players and sent the keeper the wrong way with a lovely reverse pass into the back of the net. 1 -0 Moormead.
The Hurricanes stormed up the pitch in response, attaching down their right wing, Alec pulling of a strong save from a fierce shot at the near post. It was, in truth though, Woodmansterns only attack of the first half, and our keeper was rarely troubled. 1 – 0 half time.
The coaches kept the players fresh with a good rotation of players throughout the game, and it was great to see the eagerness of the players on the sideline to come on. Why not though, the second half started very much as the first. The two defensive players, such as Ben and Teig, who both were superb, snuffling out any hint of counter attack, and allowed the likes Kiran, Jake, Mani and James to forage forward in search of goals, with some wonderful through balls from Sam in particular.
It was Miles though who settled the nerves he received the ball in midfield, attacked straight away, setting himself up to smash the ball from the edge of the penalty area straight across the keeper into the top corner. 2 – 0 Moormead.
But they weren’t done there, another foray down the right by Sam who was superb throughout, resulted in a low cross which took a couple of deflections and fell loose in the area which Mani spotted, and ran in to thump the ball home. 3 – 0 Moormead.
Dilly stuck one just wide of the post but the Colts keeper bucked his side up with some more crucial saves, but Dilly finally got his goal, Miles chipped the ball in to the are from the right, it went over the keepers head and Dilly booted into the back of the net into open goal. 4 – 0.
The ref blew the final whistle and MFC season had got off to a great start. Even the parents behaved themselves. :-0