Match Report

Match Report - 31 Oct 2009, Leeds Modernians Football Club 2nds beat Trinity Reserves

YOBL Division 2

Old Mods Res.............5
A. Shirly
S. Papa (2)
T. Stenger
C. Had

Trinity Res.............2
Offside Oliver
Penalty Percy

Mods Reserves went into this game as fresh as could be after a week off last week, the Mods have won all their games this season so confidence in the camp is high but Mods supreamo Andy Hick was keen to stamp out any complacency that can creep into his side after such a positive start to the season. The pre-match pitch inspection revealed a small but wide pitch with the playing surface in need of a decent cut.

With the game underway the away side broke Mods tradition started the game very brightly, and began by winning most of their tackles, and it wasn't long before Mods grabbed their first of the day. It came from an unlikely source in defensive stalwart Andy Shirly, who must of started the game with his boots on the wrong feet but quickly corrected the problem to cross from deep, only for the keeper to get caught under it as it flew over his head in the top corner.

0-1 up at this early stage of the game and the Cookridge outfit really had the wind in their sails and started to create chances will relative ease, with the influential Breider and Chad on the flanks regularly getting in behind the Trinity full backs it seemed only a matter of time before the away side doubled their advantage. If there was surprise over the first Mods scorer of the day, normality was resumed with the identity of the second Mods goal scorer, Stef Papa broke the offside trap before lobbing the ball over the on-rushing keeper the make it 0-2 with only 25 minutes gone. That 5 goals already this season for front man who is really at the top of his game.

At 0-2 up the Andy Hick must of wanted his team to really press home their advantage but it was the home side who started to take the game to the Mods, although mainly restricted to long range efforts for the final 15 minutes of the first half they looked the better team. This point was emphasised it the managers half time team talk who was happy with the score line but concerned with the last 15-20 minutes of play.

The Mods started the second with their managers words still ringing in their ears and it made a difference, there was a marked improvement from the way they finished the first half. Although Trinity did pull a goal back when the Mods back line decided all to do statue of liberty impressions allowing the Trinity forward all the time in the world to pick he spot past a helpless Stuart Featherstone is goal. This was the first league goal the Mods had conceded this season so it would be interesting to see how they responded.

The Mods should of restored their 2 goal lead when Step Papa's centre was parried out by the keeper, falling invitingly at the feet of substitute Andy Atkins, but the winger blazed over the bar when it looked easier to score. Atkins's was to atone for his earlier miss, when his good work down the left flank eventually resulted in the ball falling outside the box to midfielder Tommy Stenger, who's fine right footed strike across the keeper hit the base of the post before nestling in the back of the net. That's 2 in 2 now and both surprisingly with is feet. Stenger's effort gave the Mods their 2 goal cushion back, which allowed for the introduction of Michael Keeney from the bench for the final 25 minutes.

The winger had missed the previous 2 matches with a combination of a cough and back to back bad hair days. With his cough reduced to a small wheeze and his hair kept in check with a clever mixture of greasy water and an application of a large hair grip, he was ready for action.

The Mods extended there lead further when great vision from Woody, combined with cleaver movement and incisive finishing from Stef Papa, who grabbed his second of the game. The away fans where on their feet again shortly after when Chad broke through down the right hand side and smashed home with a shot which was past the keeper before he know what happened.

The last major talking point of the game was a soft penalty conceded when scorer of the fist goal Andy Shirly tickled an opposition play in the box and down he went. The ref pointed to the spot and the it was converted with relative ease.

The 2 goals conceded slightly took the shine of the victory but that's 3 wins from 3 in the league now, all away from home for Andy Hicks team who fully deserved the victory and with impressive displays all over the park against a big, physical Trinity side who will take points off teams this season, especially at home.

Post Match Comments

Andy Atkins - "I've been playing so much badminton recently I was still in the mindset of getting things over the net".

Andy Shirley - "Its unfair, when Ronaldinho does it, its seen as world class, but when I do it I get called Toblerone feet"

Andy Hicks - "Great result today, but I'm slightly concerned with the number of Andy's currently involved in the set-up"

Keeney's Hairband - "I thought I did really well when I came on, not a hair out of place all game, it's just a shame the muppet below me won't pass the football"

Ben Harold Bishop John Bowman - "It was my first game as official team captain and I'm pleased with the result, I just wish they would make captain armband's bigger so I can get them over my giant man mussels".

Trinity Reserves 2 - 5 Leeds Modernians Football Club 2nds ()

Name Goals Details
1 Stewart Featherstone  
2 Andrew Atkins  
3 Ben Bowman  
4 Tom Breider  
5 Matthew Chadwick   1
6 Norrie Harman  
7 Michael Keeney  
8 Paul Worsnop  
9 Ben Mallinson  
10 Stef Papa   2
11 Adie Shaduwa  
12 Tommy Stenger   1
13 Andy Shirley   1
14 Byron Wilkinson