Giants v. BB Sport Lions
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Saturday 8th September 2018
The Giants kicked off the new season full of optimism on a bright Saturday morning at Udney Park. Having finished last season with a storming 10-4 win against Chessington Sports, and with two new recruits, Noah and Zai, added to the squad over the summer, the Giants loyal following looked forward to an entertaining contest against new comers BB Soccer Lions from Coulsdon. This was to be a tough and humbling start to the season. Lacking match practice, the Giants were outplayed by a well-drilled and focused Lions side and ended up on the back of a 9-3 spanking.
Manager Dan Crosby took a full squad to the game and this worked against the Giants who were unable to find a rhythm to their play. The regular substitutions made it difficult for the boys to grow into the game and we saw little of the passing game that was starting to emerge at the end of last season.
In contrast the Lions rotated between just six players and had a clear game plan, pressing hard and giving our players little time on the ball. The Lions were straight out of the traps, hungry to impose themselves and in a fast and furious first five minutes were three goals to the good before the Giants had settled. It could have been worse, Josh in goal for the first quarter, made several fine saves to keep the boys in the game.
The Giants rallied, with Jake going close with a shot from a free-kick, and gained a foothold in the game when debutant Noah, scored following a goalmouth scramble. 3-1 to the Lions at the end of the first-quarter.
The second quarter was better but despite more good goalkeeping, this time from Seb, the Giants fell further behind as the Lions pressed and harried our boys into mistakes. The Lions scored two more to lead 5-1. A goal for Charlie from another goalmouth melee ensured that the Giants fans could still dream of a second half comeback.
The Giants improved in the third quarter and had their best spell of the game. Julius introduced some steel in defence and calmly repelled the Lions forward play. Up front Josh ran tirelessly at the Lions defence and was rewarded with a goal to bring the score back to 5-3.
The optimism was however short lived. The Lions reasserted themselves in the final quarter and scored their sixth goal after another defensive lapse. With the game already lost the Giants were chasing shadows and the Lions went for the jugular rattling in another three goals to put gloss on the scoreline.
So its back to the training ground, with manager Dan hoping that the Giants will find some of the last seasons form against a familiar opponent, Chessington Sports, next week.
The Team: Charlie, Eli, Jake, Josh, Julius, Louie, Noah, Seb, Tom, Zai
Goalscorers: Noah, Charlie, Josh
Reporter: Hu Dano