Old Coulsdon Colts 'Blazers' v. Giants
3 - 1
Saturday 17th November 2018
Ray Mears was born in Coulsdon and the Giants visited the town for an attritional battle that called for resilience and survival skills against the local team this weekend. The Old Coulsdon Colts ‘Blazers’ fought as a tight unit and were both skilful and physical. The Giants matched their opponents with a gritty and energetic performance but lacked a killer instinct in a low scoring contest.
The Giants started brightly and looked the most likely to score in the early exchanges. Josh was skipping through the tackles on the right wing and twice went close but was denied by two great saves from the home keeper. The Colts were coming into the game and gave warning of their attacking menace with a fine strike that rebounded off the post. They were the first to hit the net, scoring from close range after a corner a few minutes later. Undeterred the Giants continued to pass the ball and were back in it when Josh dispossessed the Blazers defender and the ball ran across the box to Charlie who smashed the ball into the top corner of the net. A tremendous strike and a well deserved equaliser.
The game remained tight in the second half with the Giants holding their own against a robust Colts team. The defences were on top with the tackles flying but few clear-cut opportunities to score. The Colts got the only goal of the quarter to take a 2-1 lead. The Giants had chances but were thwarted by the excellent Colts keeper.
The pattern of the game remainder similar in the third quarter with Charlie coming close for the Giants. The boys were pressing forward looking for an equaliser. Louie was masterful at the back, watching the play and intercepting the Colts forward balls. The Giants had a succession of corners but were unable to make the pressure count and were undone when the Colts broke free on the counter attack to score for 3-1.
The final quarter remained tight. Louie remained stout in defence, Seb in control between the sticks and Julius energetic in the tackle, but the ball wouldn’t break for Noah upfront. The Colts defence was resolute and the final quarter remained goalless.
This was a great performance from the team and a good test in advance of the Cup game at the same venue in a few weeks time. The Giants will be ready for another battle and manager Dan will be hoping that the boys can repeat the defensive display, but with a little extra sparkle upfront.
The Team: Charlie, Eli, Josh, Julius, Louie, Noah, Seb, Tom
Man of the match: Louie
Reporter: Hu Dano