Giants surprise Wildcats with a spirited second half performance

Reigate Youth Wildcats v. Giants

5 - 5

Saturday 30th March 2019

For a second weekend in a row the Giants travelled south to play in Priory Park in Reigate. Last week they came away with a 4-3 victory against the Reigate Royals; today they were up against the Reigate Youth Wildcats – a third game against the Wildcats this season. With one win apiece in the earlier contests this promised to be a competitive match.

With manager Dan celebrating his elder son’s cup final victory it was Tim who was calling the shots on the sidelines. He travelled with a depleted squad of just six players, after several late withdrawals, and on the day this made the team selection easy. The game had the feel of an end of season encounter, played out in balmy spring sunshine and the boys started slowly perhaps with their minds elsewhere. On a firm and uneven pitch the ball was playing tricks with them. After an even start the Wildcats went ahead when the ball bounced over the Giants keeper and into the net after a long punt upfield. Two more goals followed for the home side again in unfortunate circumstances and before the boys had settled into the game they were three down. The Giants had their chances with Louie going close on several occasions including seeing a shot rebound off the post.

The Giants went further behind early in the second quarter when a long shot slipped through our keepers hands and at 4-0 down it looked like it was not going to be a good day for the boys. However they showed no signs of giving up, perhaps remembering their heroics of a fortnight ago when they had come back from three down to win 4-3. Before the quarter was out Josh pulled a goal back with a jinking run and clean strike. There were chances for more with Tom going close but at the half time break the Giants had plenty to do at 4-1 down.

Things got worse early in the second half when the boys conceded again but this only spirited a superb comeback. A quick review of our two previous matches against the Wildcats reveals that only the 3J’s score against them with goals split between Josh, Jake and Julius and so it turned out in the third quarter. Josh grabbed his second of the match striking spectacularly into the net from a free kick; Julius forced his way into the box and slotted past the keeper into the corner and Jake finished off a great team play with a tap in. The Giants were on top; the Wildcats were on the backfoot and at 5-4 it was all to play for going into the final quarter.

The Giants had their tails up, the Wildcats had theirs between their legs and it was only a matter of time before the boys drew level. It was Josh who got the goal, completing his hat-trick in a great all round performance. The Giants were looking good for victory, Seb was controlling the backline, Louie steady in goal and Jake, Josh and Julius marauding forward at will. The Giants peppered the Reigate goal, hitting ten shots in the final quarter and forcing four corners but try as they might they couldn’t find the winner. The Wildcats goalie was their hero making several fine saves and ensuring that it is honours even between the two sides over the season.

Tim was a happy manager at the end but left wondering how things might have been had the boys started the game in the way that they had finished it. This was the first draw of the season and after three games unbeaten the Giants are finding life more comfortable in League 4 now.

 

The Stats from today:

Shots: Giants 23; Wildcats 14

Shots on target: Giants 12; Wildcats 9

Corners: Giants 4; Wildcats 2

Tackles: Giants 17; Wildcats 12

Free kicks: Giants 1; Wildcats 1

 

The Team: Jake, Josh, Julius, Louie, Seb, Tom

Goalscorers: Josh (3), Julius, Jake

Man of the match: Josh

Reporter: Hu Dano

Giants deliver a stunning second half comeback

St. Gertrude's v. Giants

3 - 4

Saturday 16th March 2019

Since the turn of the year the Giants have saved their best play for cup and friendly matches but after a slow start this weekend the boys finally secured their first league win of 2019 against a combative St. Gertrude’s side. It was another long trip across south London, for the Giants loyal fans, beyond Ewell, Banstead and Purley, to Sanderstead, home to Kate Moss in her formative years, Ruth Ellis the last woman to be hanged in Britain and Charlie Kray brother of Ronnie and Reggie. The chances of an eventful day looked high. A fresh wind blasted across the St Gertrude’s ground but the pitch was beautiful, with a verdant green sward and no sign of the brown sticky stuff on the even surface.

Manager Dan chose to play in white today, perhaps to freshen things up or maybe because playing in blue and red stripes reminded him of an inconsistent Palace side. The early stages of the game were frustrating for both manager and fans. The boys started hesitantly, failing to impose themselves on the game and giving the home side space to run. In contrast St Gertrude’s were positive, hungry for the ball and strong in the tackle. They wrestled control of the game and in a disappointing early spell the Giants found themselves three goals down.

The boys were not helped by some dubious refereeing decisions, including the award of a penalty after Jake had bravely grasped the ball from under the feet of the Gertrude’s striker. To add to this Manager Dan’s game plan was disrupted by a first quarter that extended to fifteen minutes and a second of just five. The boys salvaged hope for the second half when Josh scampered through the St Gertrude’s back line and planted the ball in the net. 3-1 to the home side at half-time.

If ever there was a game of two halves this was it. Having chased shadows in the first half the boys came out fighting in the second. Switching Jake out of goal and into midfield gave bite to the team and with Julius sitting in behind providing added security, the home team found it hard to break through. Having bombarded the Giants goal in the first half St. Gertrude’s were restricted to shots from distance in the second and had just one shot on target in the entire second period.

The Giants were growing in confidence. Jake was masterminding the Giants play, carrying the ball up the pitch and distributing it to Tom, Louie and Noah further upfield. The whole team was energised, chasing balls and pressing their opponents and it seemed only a matter of time before the Giants would score. It was Louie who got it, advancing onto Jake’s through ball, pulling away from the defender and chipping the ball over the advancing keeper. The boys continued to press and drew level through Noah; reward for his persistence as he slotted the ball past the keeper at the second attempt. 3-3 with ten minutes to go.

The momentum was with the Giants and the victory was secured when Jake shot across the keeper into the far corner of the net after a bursting run into the box. The final whistle was greeted with rapturous applause ... and a little relief. The boys had turned defeat into victory in the most emphatic way coming from 3-0 down to win 4-3.

The Stats from today:

Shots: Giants 20; St Gertrude’s 16

Shots on target: Giants 12; St Gertrude’s 5

Corners: Giants 8; St Gertrude’s 3

Tackles: Giants 10; St Gertrude’s 12

Free kicks: Giants 7; St Gertrude’s 2

 

The Team: Eli, Jake, Josh, Julius, Louie, Noah, Tom

Goalscorers: Josh, Louie, Noah, Jake

Man of the match: Jake

Reporter: Hu Dano

BB Lions roar back to end Giants cup dream

BB Soccer Lions v. Giants

7 - 2

Saturday 9th March 2019

The Giants cup dream is over. The boys knew they were in for a challenge against a BB Lions team that play in a higher league and that had comfortably beaten them in the season opener back in September, but in the cup anything can happen and the earlier rounds had brought the best out of the boys with wonderful displays in their victories over the Old Coulsdon Colts in December and ESPA Titans in January. This was the semi-final and a chance to recreate their victory against the BB Lions sister team, the BB Tigers, in Whyteleafe; a chance to progress to the final and challenge for a trophy.

The game started well for the boys. Playing downhill on the home teams sloping pitch they shifted the ball with composure and spirit in the early stages. Firm tackles were exchanged with the Lions players and in an entertaining opening quarter it was the Giants who drew first blood with Noah pouncing on a loose ball after the Lions keeper could only parry Josh’s free kick. At the back Seb was in commanding form and he and Jake were quick to close down the BB team. When the Lions did break free they couldn’t get past Julius who was energetic in the goalies green shirt.

In the second quarter things got even better for the Giants when Josh skipped through the Lions defence to plant the ball in the net. Josh and Zai had further chances to extend the lead but the Lions were always a threat going forward and pulled a goal back direct from a questionable free kick to leave the score at 2-1 to the Giants going in to the break.

The dream was still on but the Giants had had the advantage of playing with the Whyteleafe slope in the first half. Would a single goal lead be enough to defend as the Lions came at them in the second half?

Manager Dan brought fresh legs on for the second half but they were powerless to prevent an onslaught from the Lions in the third quarter. The home team pounced on indecision to quickly turn a one goal deficit into an unassailable lead. The Lions roared as the Giants shrunk and in a mad ten minute spell the Lions scored five times.

The dream was over but to their credit the boys battled on and steadied the ship in the last quarter. The Lions found it harder to break the Giants down and could only add a single goal to their tally. Eli, Louie, Tom and Charlie all created chances but will have to wait until next time to see the net furl.

Manager Dan was proud of his boys despite the defeat. The cup has brought the best out of the team and for the first half they more than matched their opponents. The boys showed fighting spirit, energy and commitment and combined this with some nice passing and movement. It’s back to the league next week and if the Giants can carry some of today’s battling performance into their game the omens are looking good for the rest of the season.

The stats from today:

Shots: Giants 15; Lions 23

Shots on target: Giants 11; Lions 14

Corners: Giants 5; Lions 6

Free kicks: Giants 1; Lions 5

 

The Team: Charlie, Eli, Jake, Josh, Julius, Louie, Noah, Seb, Tom, Zai

Goalscorers: Noah, Josh

Man of the match: Jake

Reporter: Hu Dano

Giants rise above the stars in Norbury Park

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

Giants blown away by ESPA

ESPA Junior Titans v. Giants

5 - 1

Saturday 9th February 2019

In a fixture anomaly the Giants were matched against the ESPA Titans for a second game in a row. Two weeks ago the boys had put in their best performance of the season to defeat their opponents on the Astroturf in Walton but on this occasion the Giants were outplayed by an ESPA Titans team seeking revenge for their cup defeat. The boys put in a disjointed display in chilly conditions with the wind whistling across the exposed ground.

The Giants played into the wind in the first half giving the home side a clear advantage. The game was evenly matched in the first quarter with the Titans going ahead with support from the breeze, which assisted an own goal. The game was lost in the second quarter when the Titans scored two more without reply. The Giants were less motivated than their opponents, lacked structure and failed to pass effectively. Although they made, and won, many more tackles than their opponents they were ineffective when they had the ball and the Titans capitalised to dominate the half.

The second half started well with the Giants pulling a goal back courtesy of Josh, and playing with the wind, the boys posed a much greater goal threat. For a few brief minutes the Giants supporters started to believe that a comeback was on. This hope was dashed by two further goals for the Titans with the Giants defence overcommitted to attack.

Whilst the Giants had plenty of the ball in the last quarter, they were unable to add any goals to improve the disappointing scoreline.

The stats would seem to suggest an even game, and in fact the Giants had seven shots in the last quarter with five of these on target, but it was a day to forget for the boys. Tellingly in the whole match the team were unable to string more than three passes in a row together. Plenty for the management team to work on in training.

The Stats from today:

Shots: Giants 15; Titans 18

Shots on target: Giants 7; Titans 8

Corners: Giants 4; Titans 3

Tackles won: Giants 16; Titans 11

Free kicks: Giants 2; Titans 1

 

Team: Charlie, Eli, Jake, Josh, Julius, Louie, Seb, Tom

Goalscorer: Josh

Man of the match: Not awarded

Reporter: Hu Dano

Giants advance to the semi’s after titanic display

ESPA Junior Titans v. Giants

2 - 5

Saturday 26th January 2019

The Giants are through to the last four in the cup after a thoroughly deserved quarter-final victory over the ESPA Junior Titans on the Astroturf in Walton. The boys rose to the occasion to put in their best performance of the season in a thoroughly entertaining and competitive game. The Giants played with a tenacity and exuberance that allowed them to overcome the setback of falling behind to a strong Titans side to overpower their opponents.

Manager Dan had a near full squad to play with and his selections helped to ensure that all the boys contributed to an excellent team display. Dan rotated the team playing to the boys strengths with Seb and Eli provided a formidable backline, Tom, Zai, Julius and Noah taking turns in midfield to deliver a mix of grit and creative endeavour and Charlie and Josh providing attacking threat up front. Jake, Julius, Seb and Noah took turns in goal with great saves from Julius and Noah crucial to the result. It was however Jake’s masterful display in midfield that provided the platform for the victory. His reading of the game, energy and tackling provided protection for the backline and his penetrating runs allowed the team to quickly turn defence to attack.

The boys knew they were in for a tough match from the off. The Titans are an organised side and pressed the Giants back straight from the kick off. They were immediately on the offensive forcing several early corners. The boys repelled these early attacks but were unable to break through the Walton side’s stout defence. The Giants were unlucky to go behind when a couple of deflections presented an opportunity to the Titans striker and he duly dispatched the chance. The Giants nearly fell further behind when the Titans struck the post soon after.

The second quarter followed a similar pattern with the evenly matched sides battling for supremacy. Noah hit a post and Josh came close on several occasions with the decisive interventions of the Titans excellent defender saving the Walton side. The Giants finally drew level when Josh broke free of the Titans backline to shoot past the keeper into the corner. The Walton side responded and almost restored their lead only for Julius to thwart them with a point blank save. 1-1 at half time.

Both managers switched their teams at half time and this favoured the Giants who were able to find more space in midfield. After dominating the opening minutes of the quarter the Giants were however lucky to take the lead when Josh’s corner flew straight over the Titans keeper and into the net. The Giants were on top and pressing to extend their lead, Charlie, Josh and Jake both came close before a moment of magic from Josh secured his hat-trick and a 3-1 lead for the boys. Picking the ball up on the right wing inside the defensive half Josh skipped past several challenges before unleashing a strike across the Titans keeper into the far corner. There was still time for the Giants to extend their lead and again it was Josh who got the goal, his fourth of the game, this time from inside the box.

The game settled in the early stages of the final quarter and the Giants fans were already looking towards the semi-finals when a rare defensive lapse allowed the Walton side to reduce the deficit to two goals. With hope restored the Titans pressed forward and forced several fine saves from Noah, now playing in goal. The boys were however in no mood to concede their hard won lead and restored their three goal advantage when Seb broke free of the defence to strike the Giants fifth of the day and ensure victory.

Team: Charlie, Eli, Jake, Josh, Julius, Noah, Seb, Tom, Zai

Goalscorers: Josh (4), Seb

Man of the match: Jake

Reporter: Hu Dano

Wildcats gain revenge on lacklustre Giants

Giants v. Reigate Youth Wildcats

1 - 3

Saturday 19th January 2019

Last December the Giants played out a hard fought game against the Reigate Wildcats. On that occasion they won by a single goal, holding on in a tight contest and saving a late penalty. Both teams are fresh to League 4 but it was the Wildcats who showed more energy and endeavour today and they took their revenge on the Giants with a 3-1 victory in a game of few chances.

The Reigate side worked as a team, pressing from the off and giving the boys little time on the ball. The Giants struggled to impose themselves on the game and in a scrappy first quarter chances were rare, and those that there were, fell to the Reigate side. Josh, playing in goal, was prepared and had to make a few important saves, keeping the score at 0-0 at the interval. The closest the Giants came to scoring was a probing run from Tom, but the Reigate defence were alert to the danger and quickly closed down the move.

The Giants improved a little in the second quarter but without creating any chances on goal and it was the Wildcats who capitalised on a short goal kick, pouncing on the opportunity to strike past Josh in goal. 1-0 to the Wildcats at half-time.

The Giants started the third quarter positively and should have equalised, with Seb shooting narrowly wide when through on goal. Moments later the boys were made to pay for their profligacy when the Wildcats capitalised on a defensive error to strike the ball high into the net for 2-0.

Manager Dan was getting frustrated on the sidelines and urged his side to greater efforts in the last quarter and they stormed out, with Josh scoring, after a jinking run, straight from kick–off. The boys were pressing for an equaliser and at last started to show their pre-Christmas energy and vigour. But this left gaps at the back and the Wildcats exploited this to good effect, scoring a third from a breakaway. The Giants continued to press but the ball did not drop kindly for them and the score remained at 3-1.

Life is proving tougher for the boys in League 4, with teams giving them less time on the ball and proving meaner in defence. The way the team finished today’s match will however have pleased manager Dan and gives hope for a return to form in next weekend’s cup quarter final against the ESPA Juniors from Walton.

Team: Eli, Jake, Josh, Julius, Louie, Seb, Tom, Zai

Goalscorers: Josh

Man of the match: Josh

Reporter: Hu Dano

Giants taste defeat in first match of the New Year

Giants v. Merstham Youth Wolves

4 - 5

Saturday 12th January 2019

After their great run through November and December and promotion to Group 4, the Giants were defeated by a single goal in their first match of the new year. They came up against a spirited and determined Merstham Youth Wolves side and lost by a single goal in an entertaining but bruising encounter.

The early exchanges looked good for the Giants with plenty of attacking endeavour in a solid start. Charlie, Noah and Eli were pushing the ball around the pitch, with Josh supporting from the back. Noah and Charlie both came close to opening the scoring but the boys were outdone by a quick counter from the Wolves and they drew first blood. Undeterred the Giants bounced back courtesy of Noah who twice beat the Merstham keeper from close range to put the Giants 2-1 up at the break.

Dan switched the team around for the second quarter and before they had settled they found themselves 3-2 down. Taking instruction from their manager the Wolves came out fighting, pressing the Giants into mistakes and hunting as a pack. They pressed straight from kick off surprising the Giants and running through to score. Moments later they took the lead, again taking advantage of uncertainty in the Giants defence. The boys settled and for the rest of the quarter matched the Wolves robust physical play with resilience and fortitude.

The game was evenly balanced with both teams battling to gain the ascendency. Chances on goal were at a premium with both teams hard in the tackle and the pattern of the game broken by free kicks and injuries. It was the Wolves however who got the next goal ending the third quarter 4-2 to the good.

It looked like the game was over when the Merstham team scored a fifth early in the final quarter but the Giants rallied. Seb had moved from goal to play up front and twice he came close, before shooting a sweet strike into the corner to reduce the arrears. Moments later Louie scored a beauty, striking the ball across the keeper and into the far corner from a tight angle and at 5-4 the comeback looked on. The boys pressed for an equaliser, marauding forward with their loyal fans cheering them on. Josh came close with an audacious overhead kick and several long shots whistled past the post. At the other end Noah, now in goal, twice pounced on the ball to save Wolves breakaways.

The final whistle came too soon for the boys to grab an equaliser but their effort and perseverance will have pleased the manager on a day when they were not at their best after the Christmas break.

Team: Charlie, Eli, Josh, Julius, Louie, Noah, Seb, Tom, Zai

Goalscorers: Noah (2), Seb, Louie

Man of the match: Noah

Reporter: Hu Dano

Giants through to quarter-finals after over running Colts

Coulsdon Colts Flyers v. Giants

2 - 7

Saturday 15th December 2018

The much-awaited cup game finally arrived on Saturday. After a disappointing postponement due to a waterlogged pitch the weekend before the match was on and Dan was back in charge. He saw his team outclass the Old Coulsdon Colts Flyers in every department. The boys were fired up by dreams of a cup run and Dan instructed them to keep it tight at the back and to stop the Colts getting sight of goal – the boys duly obliged with their opponents failing to hit a single shot in the whole match.

It was perhaps surprising therefore that the final score was 7-2. The only way Coulsdon were going to score was with the assistance of the fierce wind that twice saw set-pieces (a throw and corner) deflecting off Teddington players into the Giants net. Fortunately this was of little concern in a match that the Giants dominated from start to finish.

The Giants handled the difficult conditions much better than their opponents and were unconcerned by playing uphill into a strong wind in the first half. Unlike the home side the Giants ignored the cold; their fans standing on the sidelines were not so happy and several were seen to scamper to the porta-cabin to seek comfort from bacon butties and coffee.

The game kicked off early and the Teddington side were immediately looking to get forward. Josh came close before Zai opened the scoring for the Giants, a clinical strike from a from a free kick. The boys were on top but unable to make the pressure count and approaching the end of the quarter the Colts were back in the game with the first of their own goals. Jake’s first meaningful act was to pick the ball out of the net.

The Giants started to exert themselves in the second quarter and took control of the game with three quick fire goals. The first from Josh who finished clinically when put through by Zai. Julius then scored a goal from nothing; dispossessing the Colts defender on the wing and advancing towards goal before shooting across the keeper into the corner.  Julius then turned provider, slipping the ball through to Zai for him to shot home for his second of the day. 4-1 and comfortable and it should have been more with the Giants pressing hard, giving the Colts no time on the ball and making chances to extend their lead. Seb was a rock at the back; Jake was chilling in goal with little to do. It came as a surprise therefore that the Colts  got the next goal – again an own goal with the ball deflecting off a Giants defender past the helpless goalie. 4-2 at half time.

The Colts manager suggested playing six a side in the third quarter as the subs were freezing on the sidelines. The game became more congested but the Giants were with the wind and playing downhill. The Colts hardly got out of their own half with Louie and Julius holding firm at the back. Jake, Tom and Josh were further upfield. Jake and Tom both came close to scoring but it was Josh who stole the show weaving through the Colts players to score three more goals.

The game was up for the Colts and the final quarter was played as a friendly with eight players to each side. The boys came close but the score remained at 7-2. A fine victory in difficult conditions. On the evidence of this game a cup run is well and truly on.  

Team: Eli, Jake, Josh, Julius, Louie, Seb, Tom, Zai

Goalscorers: Zai (2), Josh (4), Julius, 

Man of the match: Josh

Reporter: Hu Dano

Giants through to quarter-finals after over running Colts

Coulsdon Colts Flyers v. Giants

2 - 7

Saturday 15th December 2018

It was perhaps surprising therefore that the final score was 7-2. The only way Coulsdon were going to score was with the assistance of the fierce wind that twice saw set-pieces (a throw and corner) deflecting off Teddington players into the Giants net. Fortunately this was of little concern in a match that the Giants dominated from start to finish.

The much-awaited cup game finally arrived on Saturday. After a disappointing postponement due to a waterlogged pitch the weekend before, the match was on and Dan was back in charge. He saw his team outclass the Old Coulsdon Colts Flyers in every department. The boys were fired up by dreams of a cup run and Dan instructed them to keep it tight at the back and to stop the Colts getting sight of goal – the boys duly obliged with their opponents failing to hit a single shot in the whole match.

The Giants handled the difficult conditions much better thantheir opponents and were unconcerned by playing uphill into a strong wind in the first half. Unlike the home side the Giants ignored the cold; their fans standing on the sidelines were not so happy and several were seem to scamper to the porta-cabin to seek comfort from bacon butties and coffee.

The game kicked off early and the Teddington side were immediately looking to get forward.  Josh came close before Zai opened the scoring for the Giants. The boys were on top but unable to make the pressure count and approaching the end of the quarter the Colts were back in the game with the first own goal. Jake’s first meaningful act was to pick the ball out of the net.

The Giants started to exert themselves in the second quarter and took control of the game with three quick fire goals. The first from Josh who finished clinically when put through by Zai. Julius then scored a goal from nothing; dispossessing the Colts defender on the wing and advancing towards goal before shooting across the keeper into the corner.  Julius then turned provider slipping the ball through to Zai for him to shoot home for his second of the day. 4-1 and comfortable and it should have been more with the Giants pressing hard, giving the Colts no time on the ball and making chances to extend their lead. Seb was a rock at the back; Jake was chilling in goal with little to do. It came as a surprise therefore that the Colts  got the next goal – again an own goal with the ball deflecting off a Giants defender past the helpless goalie. 4-2 at half time.

The Colts manager suggested playing six a side in the third quarter as the subs were freezing on the sidelines. The game became more congested but the Giants were with the wind and playing downhill. The Colts hardly got out of their own half with Louie and Julius holding firm at the back. Jake, Tom and Josh were further upfield. Jake and Tom both came close to scoring but it was Josh who stole the show weaving through the Colts players to score three more goals.

The game was up for the Colts and the final quarter was played as a friendly with eight players to each side. The boys came close but the score remained at 7-2. A fine victory in difficult conditions. On the evidence of this game a cup run is well and truly on.  

Team: Eli, Jake, Josh, Julius, Louie, Seb, Tom, Zai

Goalscorers: Zai (2), Josh (4), Julius

Man of the match: Josh

Reporter: Hu Dano