On a cold bright morning, the teams stood for their pre match photograph as part of the Football Remembers Week, marking the centenary of the sadly shortlived respite to hostilities on the Western Front when English and German soldiers exchanged gifts and played football. However the pitch at Rosendale Playing Fields was doing it’s best to recreate the Flanders mud making accurate passing quite a challenge. Although a player down, the Reds soon showed their dominance in this First Round Magazine Cup fixture which lasted for the entirety of the game. After hitting the crossbar, Kelvin was tripped inside the penalty area and shot his spot kick low to the keeper’s right to open the scoring goal after ten minutes. That score remained until the second half when the flood gates really opened: Saffron shor superbly into the top right corner from a tight angle and then minutes later, put Sasha through to score with a sublime first touch ball. Blythe, controlling the centre of the field all morning soon added another with a low shot from the top of the penalty area and Kelvin completed a superb hat trick with two quick goals, the last a superb lob from the edge of the area. Fitting for the girls, Chante, who hadn’t stopped pressing all game, slotted the 7th goal home minutes from time. What a fantastic performance all round, with the whole team working together as a unit as if they played with each other every week and especially encouraging as nearly half the team were girls.
Team: Kelvin, Ibrahim, Jim, Luca, Sasha, Blythe, Saffron, Chante