Match report St. Paul’s vs St. Peter’s 03/11/2016.
Dave Melton Cup
It was a cold night down at les Quennevais. With St. Peter’s going in to the fixture the favourites having beaten St. Paul’s 6-3 a few days earlier in the league.
A late omission through illness means that James Carr misses the clash, paving the way for Danny Fernandez and Luke Lister to make the step up from the u14’s squad .
It was a cagey affair with both sides creating chances early on. St. Peter’s went closest through Ryan Marcinkos free kick which was tipped just over the bar.
The first half ends 0-0.
The second half kicks off as the first half one finished with both sides going toe to toe. Rhys Thomas and Tommy Boarer both worked tirelessly throughout, putting in tackle after tackle.
Soon into the second half St. Peter’s step it up a gear and make a number of attacks, particularly down the right hand side with Danny Hernandez committing defenders and drawing fouls. St. Paul’s left back has a torrid time trying to stop him and eventually earns himself a yellow card. From the free kick St. Peter’s take the lead through that man again Ryan Marcinko, following up on a ball that falls nicely for him.
St. Peter’s found a bit of Rhythm and pressed for a second, but against the run of play St. Paul’s pull one back to make it 1-1
As the half goes on the game opens up a lot more and both sides create chances.
A good spell sees St. Peter’s make the break through again! The ball is played out from defence and finds its way to Toby Ritzema who shows good awareness and vision to find Ryan Marcinko out wide right. With 3 men around him he manages to dig a cross out to find the industrious Jan Bentley on the end of it, his fantastic header fires past the keeper who couldn’t have done anything to stop it. 2-1 st Peter’s.
Peter’s continue to threaten and come close again through a dangerous cross from Ollie Norton.
But once again St. Peter’s fail to maintain the lead and St. Paul’s pull one back for 2-2 as the defence fail to clear their lines, forcing the tie into extra time.
St. Paul’s take the lead for first time in the game to make it 3-2.
The lads battled throughout, and although there were a number of tired legs out there we still managed to create chances, but unfortunately it wasn’t to be our night
The game ends 3-2.
Stand out performances
Rhys Thomas – really stepped up to the plate and put a number of great tackles in the midfield, was calm in possession. Was also asked to do a job a right back and was just as strong and dominant there.
Jan Bentley – His headed goal really put St. Peter’s on the front foot. Also played in a number of positions on the night, but it was his performance up front that really stood out. Chasing down every single loose ball, never giving the defenders a moments peace.
Well done boys, another great performance very unlucky on the night. Onwards and upwards.