As shown last season our games against Rowley are always close. Last season we won 3v0 away in a game that was 1v0 until near to the end and won 2v1 at home in a close game. Weirdly, today was the exception, especially in the first half. Whilst Rowley competed we were 3v0 up by half time. However, the returning Hunters throws were a constant menace. Playing Rowley with him on the pitch is the only time I ever say give away a corner rather than a throw in, just lucky that Southall was only on the side as I had pointed him out as the ariel threat in the warm up! Showing my age after 11 years in WMCFL…
For the first goal Coleman received the ball out on the left and after a few blocked attempts (and a few shimmies) he put a brilliant ball in which was probably heading into the keepers arms until a defender flicked it off his head into the corner under pressure.
The second goal was from a long throw into the box which James De Lacy tracked expertly and slotted into the far corner in off the post,
The 3rd goal came in quick succession after good work by Coyne holding the ball up until Tom Locke took over, he controlled the ball on his chest, drove at the defence, and from the edge of the box drove a thunderbolt/screamer/goal of the season contender straight into the top corner without deviating! (that ok Thomas?).
Anyway (it was good…), second half (im sure after a Bennett team talk) Rowley decided to turn it into a normal St Marys vs Rowley game as we consolidated, I would say that we had the better chances but without creating any ‘proper’ chances Rowley kept us on our toes with pace on the break and again the long throws.
Good game as always, apologies to Pete for dragging him back to his place of work on a Saturday! On to a first competitive match with the reincarnated Chawn who we have had a couple of good friendlies with.