Rising Stars v. Giants
2 - 3
Saturday 16th February 2019
The Giants got back to winning ways with victory in a friendly against the Rising Stars in Norbury Park. After last weekend's disappointment is was a welcome tonic for the fans and reward for the long trip across south London.
The Rising Stars had beaten the Giants in a Bushy Park friendly in October but with a stronger squad today anything but victory for the Giants would have been an injustice in a game that the boys dominated. The home side had some skilful players and as with last Autumn's match the Stars attempted to dribble their way through the Giants rearguard, but Eli in the first half and Julius in the second presented a commanding presence that repelled their opponents runs.
The Giants pressed well and were firm in the tackle restricting their opponents offensive play and but for a short spell in the second quarter were in firm control. Having taken the lead through a poachers finish from Noah in the first quarter, the Giants found themselves 2-1 down at half time but stirred themselves in the second, to win the match 3-2 courtesy of another close finish from Noah and a nice strike from Seb, which capped a slick passing move.
The stats showed the boys dominance and it was a surprise that there were not more goals in an entertaining clash. Manager Dan brought his new tactics board to the game and will have been pleased with the boys’ spirit, determination and team play.
The stats from today's match:
Shots: Giants 27; Stars 7
Shots on target: Giants 13; Stars 6
Corners: Giants 8; Stars 1
Tackles won: Giants 26; Stars 15
Free kicks: Giants 4; Stars 2
Team: Charlie, Eli, Jake, Josh, Julius, Noah, Seb, Zai
Goalscorers: Noah (2), Seb
Man of the match: Noah
Reporter: Hu Dano