Football vs Park School (home) – Autumn 2019
Match report from the Sherborne International Football Match against Park School on Thursday 7 November 2019
- Marco (GK)
- Sazi (CB)
- Oscar (CB)
- Vance (RB)
- Volodymyr (LB)
- Rafael (RM)
- Niko (LM)
- Akira (CM)
- Viktor (CM)
- Barnaby (CAM)
- Martin (ST)
- 5 – 2 (Sherborne International victory)
Man of the Match:
With certain players not available for this fixture, a few changes to the starting line-up were necessary. Fortunately, the management team had reliable options to slot into the team.
Sherborne International carried on from where they left off against Park School last time out. There was a confidence that coursed throughout the team; with intensity in both their attacking and defending in the opening 15 minutes.
Within the first couple of minutes fantastic link-up play, between the midfield and forwards, led to a clear opportunity which was dutifully dispatched by the centre forward, Martin. Their tails now up, Sherborne International did not let up and continued with slick passing and movement that Park School had no answer for.
A tireless midfield performance from Akira meant Sherborne International were never out of possession for too long. His ability to continually send passes forward put Sherborne International firmly on the front foot, resulting in two more goals.
With Sherborne International cruising the only question now looked to be how many goals would be scored? However, due to the overly attacking mind-set, there was a lapse in concentration. One long ball spilt the defence and one clinical finish brought Park School back into the game. This changed the dynamic of the match. After being so dominant, slight panic had set in to a much-altered line-up and a Park School goal looked likely. Park School made the pressure tell and grabbed their second goal of the match to bring the score to 3-2 at half time.
After a team talk to calm the nerves a couple of substitutions were made. The defence came out for the second half as a more settled unit. Performances from Vance, Volodymyr and Jerry provided the security at the back so Sherborne International could push on. An assured performance was rewarded with two more second half goals.
A set piece opportunity provided Martin with the chance to complete his hat-trick. He duly delivered, firing a shot into the top left hand corner, to add the finishing touch to an all-round attacking performance.
The final goal was yet another moment of brilliance from Sherborne International. Barnaby, now with 5 in two games, struck a long-range drive, on his weaker foot, leaving the keeper helpless as it flew into the corner of the goal.
Credit must be given to both teams who have showed improved performances and produced another close and entertaining match.