Cavell (Home) 4 - 4 (Away) Tuckswood
A great start to the football season for both teams in a fantastically spirited game with a total of 8 goals! With the game kicking off on a mild afternoon at the Estadio de Cavell, Seb Barber put the home side 1-0 up early on with a great shot from distance which nestled in the corner. Not long after Kristiyan Ivanov doubled the lead after some good play from Jake Ledgard-Marshall and Bailey Ellis allowed Ivanov to find the ball in the box to dispatch with a clinical finish.
The away side found themselves with some good possession which led to Harry Walker finding Sammy Imessaoudene with a precise pass who curled the ball which looked to be going in but Dylen Moseley made a great fingertip save onto the post to deny Imessaoudene. Cavell looked to counter attack with Ledgard-Marshall who’s shot was hard and low which forced a good save from Ben Grix.
With half time looming, Leo Place for Cavell and Tommy Carter for Tuckswood were battling it out for possession in the middle of the pitch. In the final minute of the half Ella Cattermole made a great tackle to stop the tricky Josh Burgess who looked to be through on goal. The teams went in as the half came to an end with Cavell leading 2-1 at the break.
Changes were made for both teams to bring on some fresh legs as the second leg began. Soon after the lively Jayden Waller burst through the final line of the Tuckswood defense to smash the ball into the roof of the net to make the score 3-1 to Cavell.
The Tuckswood defensive wall of Nuhan, Abu Chowdhury and Carlos Clark were proving tough to break down which allowed Lewis Jasper to play a good through ball to Imessaoudene who skillfully placed the ball between Moseley’s legs to close the gap between the score, which made it just 3-2 to Cavell. With the one goal advantage to Cavell, Tuckswood were really piling on the pressure as Harry Clark went close to equalising forcing another good save from Moseley. Josh Burgess was looking lively down the left hand side who showed a nice piece of skill with a classy step over and delivered a great ball in like a young Gareth Bale but there was no one attacking the curled ball.
Sophie Plumstead brought the ball out of defense well, only to be quickly closed down by Japhethson Akpan but was quickly tackled again by Plumstead who played a good ball to Liam Watling who was having a very strong game in the centre of the defensive three. Watling played the ball to the hard working Benji Chihata who played a great ball into Macaulay Read. Read then showed the spectators a great piece of Brazilian trickery to flick it to Dylan Thraxton who passed it back post to Mackenzie Baker who clinically placed the ball into the back of the net to make the game 4-2. At this point the game looked dead and buried but a late surge of attacking football from Tuckswood suggested otherwise. Imessaoudene who was having a good game dribbled past a few other the Cavell defenders and linked up well with the menacing attacking duo of Harry Clarke and Harry Walker who both showed great pieces of skill with the ball ending up rolling back through to Imessaoudene as he completed his hattrick to make it 4-3 with 5 minutes to go.
As Walker brought the ball forward for one final push he played it to Ishmael Ali who beat the defender with a good turn of pace and slotted it into the far corner to equal the scores at 4-4. A.Chowdhury played the ball forward for a last gasp winner as it fell to I.Ali who volleyed it from 20 yards out with great technique. The ball rattled the crossbar, which proved the be the final kick of the game as the referee blew for the final time bringing the match to a close. The final score finished 4-4 with some great football and sportsmanship from both sides. With great support from the spectators a draw seemed a fair result.
Player of the match has been given to Sammy Imessaoudene of Tuckswood for his hattrick.