What an exciting game yesterday played on the damp, but flat surface at Dulwich Sports Ground. Although a player down for the whole game, the team started superbly playing marvellous passing football, all along the ground as they realised just how liberating freedom from the infamous Rosendale slope can be. By half time we were two goals to the good, thanks to an own goal from a pinpoint Cosmo corner and a lovely low strike to the right of the net from Owen. However after the break, the effect of Clapham’s extra player began to tell as Rosendale legs became weary and 10 minutes into the half we somehow found ourselves 3 – 2 down. Unperturbed the team dug deep, coming close on several occasions until a wonder strike from James (sponsored by Edgar Davids eyewear) shattered the crossbar, canoned down and was deemed to have crossed the line by a perfectly placed referee (who needs goal line technology?). Although three goals a piece, neither team were settling for a draw and in the dying seconds, Clapham Manor broke free and slid the ball under Jonathan for the winner as the final whistle was raised by the referee. Although a loss, it was a marvellous game to watch: the standard of football was enthralling and the level of passing was a joy to watch. Fine captaincy and midfield domination from Cosmo, excellent goalkeeping from Jonathan, gutsy play from the twice injured Matthew were just some of the positive points to mention but all the children should be immensely proud of themselves. Well done to you all.
The team: Cosmo (captain), Matthew, Jonathan, Tyrique, James, Heron, Owen, Ben/Elwin