Match Report

Match Report - 13 Feb 2016, Leeds Modernians Football Club 1sts drew with East End Park

Following on from back to back wins for the first time in a long while, Mods welcomed and East End Park team who were flying high and looking to challenge for the league. As is the norm there was changes to the team for a vast array of reasons meaning this week’s set of merry men was:





Declan Connelly had the pleasure of keeping Mick and Rob company on the touchline.

The game began in a slightly odd fashion as absolutely nothing seemed to happen for the first 25 minutes. Mod were without doubt second best and were displaying an absolute resentment towards keeping the ball or doing anything of high quality. East End Park themselves were much better in possession and looked as though they had the benefit of fielding the same team more than twice in a season. However, they were also struggling to create any sort of decent chance and rarely got in behind.
Adopting their beloved anti-football alter ego, Mods went ahead. A long free kick was knocked hopefully in the opposition box and after a few little scraps for possession the ball fell to Lord Lee, a man in uncharacteristic goal scoring form who fired a sweet half volley across the ‘keeper and into a very undeserved 1-0 lead.
East End Park nearly replied instantly but the Funky Gibbon was up to the task with a fine double save to keep his hopes of a clean sheet alive. Unfortunately for him those dreams were almost instantly crushed. Gillett with an absolutely farcical attempt to clear the ball down the line found an opposition forward, who crossed and fluked one in/curled a beautiful effort over Gibbo. Jury’s out.

Half time and a 1-1 scoreline despite not offering much. There was something akin to optimism in the air that we could go on to win. Forrest complained that his knee was ‘about to pop’ and thus was replaced by Connelly early in the second half.

As Gillett had earlier demonstrated, the far side of the pitch was difficult to play on. Capitano demonstrated this further still as he somehow managed to slip and fall whilst seemingly letting the ball pass through his torso to their left winger, he duly cut back and the ball was slotted into the top corner.

Mod’s chasing the game committed men forwards to try and equalise and were caught out when a Lee free kick dropped to Hurrell on the halfway line, who kindly rolled the ball to their attacker, springing a counter attack and a nice easy tap in for 3-1.

Not to be put off by what had just happened, Mods again committed high numbers forward for a free kick. Danny Claxton took away the man mountain of a centre back and allowed Hurrell to find Gillett at the back post who boomed a header back across the keeper and into the absolute top corner to make it 2 in 2.

Just enough time for one more thrown of the dice, Hurrell again delivering with quality from the other side onto the head of James Lee who flicked on a looping header that dropped into the same top corner in absolute slow motion. From his expression, and having seen him play before, I don’t imagine there have been many headed goals in his time, but this one was very welcome.

Game over, 3-3 and a great comeback to secure a good point. No matter what slander was spoken after the game.

No training this week, go and have a warm weather session somewhere if you wish.


Leeds Modernians Football Club 1sts 3 - 3 East End Park ()

Name Goals Details
1 Matt Gibbons  
2 Ryan Capitano  
3 Xav Baines  
4 Danny Claxton  
5 Phil Gillett   1
6 Paul Hurrell  Paul Hurrell Yellow card
7 Mikey Hall  
8 James Lee   2
9 Ben Turner  
10 Danny Forrest   Off 55
11 Ross Mackenley  
12 Declan Connelly   On 55
13 A.N. Other  
14 A.N. Other  
15 Chris Roy  
16 Robert Turner  
17 Clive Smythe  
18 Mick Birch  
19 Alex Pouncett