SK started 2015 with a below par, poor performance against a determined Monyhull Church.
The gaffer warned the team that a below par start would mean we would be up against it against this hardworking decent Monyhull side.
The game started and SK looked like they had eaten too much xmas pudding as Monyhull came out of the traps quicker. However with Ralph Richardson already giving the Monyhull defence plenty to worry about SK took the lead in the 16th minute when Richardson smashed home a 25 yard screamer, that is now 13 goals in 5 games for the dangerous Richardson. However, their joy was short lived as Monyhull replied 2 minutes later with a screamer of their own to make it 1-1. That goal seemed to take the wind out of SK’s sails and Monyhull were looking dangerous on the break, playing some neat football as well. Monyhull’s excellent Oli Smith was now running the usually solid SK defense ragged and Monyhull took the lead after some good approach play. A few minutes later a wayward long range effort hit the Monyhull forward and deflected in to make it 1-3 to Monyhull. SK now suddenly woke up and started to dominate possession, however they failed to make the most of this possession (which included 7 corners in 5 minutes) and the first half closed at 1-3.
With the gaffers words ringing in their ears SK started the second half as they had finished the first and with the excellent Chris Freeth coming on at half time SK started to dominate. Chances came and went as Monyhull rode their luck. However, Monyhull did look dangerous with their pacey breaks and from one of these they extended their lead to make it 1-4. SK continued to dominate possession forcing another 9 corners in the second half! Eventually from one of these Ben Watts headed home to reduce the deficit. 1 minute later Sean Dunne pounced on a defensive error to smash home SK’s 3rd…. 3-4 game on!……… Although they huffed and puffed SK could not find the equaliser their possession deserved despite missing 2 gilt-edged opportunities and to be honest SK lacked their normal quality that they have displayed in their last 3 games and the game ended with Monyhull the victors by 4 goals to 3.
Well done to Monyhull who fought hard and showed some good neat football and pace on the counter attack to make me believe they have a chance of promotion.
For SK, we dust ourselves down and go again, hoping to put another winning run together. In truth we deserved something from this game without being at our best, so there is plenty to build on