What a difference a week can make in this beautiful game that we all love, last week against St Marys, we created far more chances and only managed to put one of them away, yet this week we come out scoring 5!
The Churchfields Derby would have been a great game for the neutral with both teams playing some good football and battling hard, maybe the fact that there were friends on opposing sides also added some fuel and desire to want the bragging rights but nevertheless a fantastic game to have been a part of.
The opening 20 minutes were fairly even with us shading possession in the more dangerous areas, the game being largely played in the middle, which Nick was absolutely bossing for us, showing us how much we missed him last week. Nick’s battling determination is what led to our first goal has he slid in to win his tackle and in turn knocked the ball into Pete’s feet who superbly with only one touch turned his marker and played the ball in behind the defender to release Tino who made no mistake with the finish 1-0. This had obviously knocked the wind out of the Charlemont players as this was the beginning of 4 goals in just under 5 minutes which put us firmly in control of the game! Firstly, Chris Thomas produced a Martin Skrtel-esque volley that centre halves shouldnt be capable of producing 2-0, which was followed by an own goal, which Jack tried to calm and no doubt the Star play would have much preferred but the general consensus from everyone when asked was that the only way it could be awarded was has an own goal, Sorry Jack! 3-0. Completing the rout was Craig, who straight from kick off pressured their defender into a bad touch with some excellent pressing high up the pitch then in his words used his ‘peripheral vision to spot the keeper racing off his line’ before producing an exquisite inch perfect chip with his weaker left foot (he wanted to make sure i got that part in) that left the keeper with no chance of stopping it hit the back of the net. The rest of the first half continued with Charlemont continuing to play their football and look for a way back into the game whilst we seemed to go off the boil a little (coasting on a 4-0 scoreline perhaps) the half ended on a high for us with some amazing footwork being shown by Tino who makes the ball look like its glued to his foot when he left 4 Charlemont players on the ground and unfortunately couldnt finish for what would have been a definite goal of the season contender had he finished off the move. Half time 4-0.
The second half started off pretty much the same as the first had ended with both teams competing heavily in the middle of the park until Nick had to come off with an injury following an heavy tackle from a Star player. This swung the midfield battle slightly has Sean got up to speed with the game and the ever dangerous Jay Holder dropped deeper to get on the ball and create things. Jay then went on to score a very well taken shot which moved in the air leaving stand in keeper Chris with little chance of saving it has it finally settled in the far bottom corner, this gave Charlemont some of their fight back and they upped their game yet again and it was there chance to enjoy some possession in dangerous areas. They got their reward when they scored their second after yet again some wonderful work out wide by Jay Holder who squared the ball across forcing our keeper into a very smart save but unfortunately the ball fell to another Star player for just a tap in, 4-2 and the game burst into life once more. I think this also woke us up from our slumber knowing that our comfortable 4-0 lead had been halved with the best part of 25 minutes still to be played and we started to get ourselves going again and another wonderful passing move ended up with Craig finishing his 2nd of the game and gave us back a 3 goal cushion 5-2. With around 15 minutes left of the game our top goalscorer so far this season Fidell returned from injury replacing Pete. This gave us a different approach to the game and we were unlucky not to add to our goal tally with some well taken attempts that just evaded the goal. With pretty much the last kick of the game Star got another goal back after a well struck free kick from Jay was parried away by keeper Chris resulting in a bit of a goalmouth scramble and a Star player getting the rub of the green to get the all important touch that managed to stroke it into the net. Full Time 5-3.
A great game of football for the neutral (there were quite a few there – one spectator had originally been walking his dog but decided to stop and watch, not one of your spies was it Neil ?) A great team performance to return back to winning ways following last weeks loss and full credit to Charlemont Star, a great bunch of lads who put up a fight even when 4-0 down if they continue to play the way they did today they will get themselves away from the lower end of the table easily.
A huge thanks to the officials as always, also.