The U16's KYL team travelled down to Margate to play Galaticos this afternoon. The game started lively, with both teams seeking to gain control of the midfield. However, Toby’s boys were in a buoyant mood due to last week’s convincing win against a Cray Wanderers side, which had boasted three Kent District players.
The Oaks today were quicker to the ball and were rapidly adapting to playing on a less than perfect pitch. Sullivan was quickly seen sweeping in a curling cross from the left and McCarthy (5 minutes) out jumped their defence to head in the first of his four goals. A short while later, McCarthy (10 minutes), who was a thorn in the side of the Galaticos defence all game scored his second. This was followed up when Strachan hit a furious shot that the keeper could only parry onto the advancing Sullivan, (12 minutes) who coolly placed the ball into the corner of the net.
The boys kept on pressing and refused their opponents to enter our half for any period of time. Suddenly a well worked move and a deep cross from Baillie saw McCarthy (15 minutes) head in his third of the game. Whilst Steve’s dad was working out his son’s goal bonus, Steve (16 minutes) produced an individual solo goal by dribbling around three defenders before placing the ball beyond the outstretched keeper. On 22 minutes Henry Gavan was introduced to the game. He received the biggest applause of the day from his own team and supporters, as this was his first game back from a number of injuries that he had sustained in last season’s campaign.
Baille (25 minutes) then rifled a cross that eluded the defence and skimmed off the head of their big centre back before nestling in the top right corner. Soon after a corner from Strachan was controlled by Watkins (30 minutes) on the edge of the box, before he hit the ball on the half volley beyond the Galatico goalkeeper, who was having an unusually busy afternoon.
Then on the 32nd minute our opponents won a rare free kick just outside of our box. Their big centre forward then dispatched a thunderbolt of a shot, which was heading into our net. Wilkins dived full length to his left and with his outstretched hand he pushed the ball up onto the bar and away to safety.
Another corner to the Oaks, saw Strachan standing the ball up at the far post. Suddenly Travers (36 minutes) appeared from the crowd like a beast from the Amazon and headed the ball so hard that it almost the ripped the net from the goal frame.
Toby made the changes at half time, telling the boys to keep working hard for each other and to keep playing total football. Almost from the kick off, Sullivan found Della Valle (49 minutes) who rounded the keeper for his third of the season. However Della Valle had injured himself during the build up and had to be withdrawn. Wolfe and Burden led by example and snubbed out any attacks before they could gather momentum. Gavan was now playing as if he had never been away.
McCarthy had returned to the game and immediately played in Strachan (60 minutes) who swept the ball past the on rushing goalkeeper for our tenth goal. Watkins had worked tirelessly in midfield and the free kicks that he had won were now running into double figures. Suddenly Watkins (Pirlo) picked up the ball deep in midfield and played a twenty yard defence splitting ball for Giovagnoli (70 minutes) to latch onto and to score, on only his second game for the club.
As we entered the last period of the game, Travers hit a fierce drive that stung the hands of the goalkeeper from about 25 yards. McMenamin unselfishly squared the ball to Sullivan (74 minutes) who made it twelve. There was even time for one more with Watkins playing the ball to McMenamin (90 minutes) whose powerful running led to his first goal of the season.