GKT 2s 12/13
Captain: Ram Kumar
Height: 5ft 11"
Year joined: 2009
Position: Striker, R/L Wing
2009/10: 3rd XI 'Player of the Season', 3rd XI 'Top Goal Scorer'
2010/11: UH Reserve Cup Winner
2011/12: ULU Division 2 Winner, UH Reserve Cup Winner, ULU Reserve Cup Winner
GKT 2s W – W QM 2s (LUSL League)
(Walkover awarded to GKT 2s)
GKT 2s W – W Kingston 2s (BUCS League)
(Walkover awarded to Kingston 2s)
GKT 2s 3 – 4 St. George's 2s (UH Cup)
Goal(s): Ram Kumar (2), Hasan Fayed
GKT 2s 1 – 1 Imperial 1s (LUSL Cup Semi-Final)
(Imperial 1s win 3 – 1 AET)
Goal(s): Dan Thompson
GKT 2s 1 – 5 Chichester 5s (BUCS League)
Goal(s): Wisam Al-Faiadh
GKT 2s 1 – 3 RUMS 1s (LUSL League)
Goal(s): Ram Kumar
GKT 2s 6 – 2 RUMS 2s (UH Cup)
Goal(s): Ram Kumar (2), Hasan Fayed, Anthony Kinnair, Harry Lawson, Ed Camochan
GKT 2s 2 – 2 UCL 2s (LUSL League)
Goal(s): Ram Kumar, Hichem Bouayed
GKT 2s W – W St. Mary's 5s (BUCS League)
(Walkover awarded to GKT 2s)
GKT 2s 2 – 0 UCL 3s (LUSL League)
Goal(s): Ed Camochan, Ram Kumar
GKT 2s 1 – 0 UCL 2s (LUSL Cup)
Goal(s): Matt Eccles
GKT 2s 2 - 2 UCL 1s (LUSL Cup)
(GKT 2s win 4 - 2 on penalties)
Goal(s): Hichem Bouayed, UCL Own-Goal
Report: "GKT 2s got their best result of the season so far against LUSL premier division, UCL 1s. The game started, with GKT taking the lead after an Ed Camochan free kick was put into his own net by a UCL defender. UCL came back strong with some good possession football, as GKT had to be steadfast in defence. UCL soon found the equaliser, after a kick free kick caught the GKT defence lacking. The response was immediate as Ed Camochan released Joe Simpson down the right who then squared the ball across the box for Hichem Bouayed to finish. The second half saw GKT create very little as UCL asserted their premier division dominance, but GKT remained solid at the back. A couple of good saves from ‘keeper Shiraj Shah kept GKT in the lead with time running out. However, with minutes remaining UCL equalised after a decent cross was turned in by the UCL forward. Full time as both sides prepared for penalties. GKT kept their composure during the shoot-out with Ram Kumar, David Ranford, Anthony Kinnair and Wisam Al-Faiadh all converting their penalties. Two misses from UCL, one saved and one off the post saw GKT secure a historic cup win."
GKT 2s 2 - 2 KCL 2s (LUSL League)
Goal(s): Matt Eccles, Wisam Al-Faiadh
Report: "By far the biggest game of the season saw the GKT 2s take on KCL 2s with GKT aiming to make amends for the loss in the Challenge Cup. The game got off to a scrappy start, with neither team really able to get a foot on the ball. The first and only chance of the first half led to a KCL goal, with a nicely worked move down the wing. A spirited half-time talk and a change in formation for 4-4-2 to 4-5-1 improved GKT’s performance in the second half. The introduction of Wisam Al-Faiadh at half-time changed the game for GKT, who became much more of an aerial threat. A couple half chances came for captain Ram Kumar, but nothing came of it. KCL found themselves 2 – 0 up after a routine corner ricocheted off Joe Simpson into the GKT net. GKT stepped up the pressure and were rewarded when Matt Eccles blasted home from close range after a goal-mouth scramble. GKT kept pushing and were rewarded for their determination when Wisam powered in a header from Joe’s corner, in what was the last piece of action in the game. Overall, a hugely satisfying and much deserved comeback."
GKT 2s 7 - 3 LSE 2s (BUCS Cup)
Goal(s): Ram Kumar (4), Harry Lawson (2), Cormac O'Shea
Report: "GKT ran out easy winners after dominating from start to finish. Only an extremely contentious refereeing decision prevented the 2s from going into the second half with a 4 – 0 lead. A 7 – 3 scoreline flattered the visitors. Overall GKT strolled into the next round of the cup and will no doubt have tougher tests ahead."
GKT 2s 5 - 0 Royal Holloway 2s (LUSL Cup)
Goal(s): Ram Kumar (2), Cormac O'Shea (2), Krishna Nathan
Report: "A very good home win for GKT even with a wafer thin squad. It was Krishna Nathan who put the 2s in the lead with a fantastic curled effort. Hassan did a great job in goal, stepping in for Shiraj Shah, pulling off some superb saves. GKT played some very attractive counter-attacking football in the second half, with Krishna twice setting up Ram Kumar for his brace. Cormac O’Shea also had an outstanding game on the right wing scoring two excellent goals. Summing up a great team performance in the cup by GKT."
GKT 2s 3 - 3 Imperial 2s (BUCS League)
Goal(s): Wisam Al-Faiadh, Hichem Bouayed, Ram Kumar
Report: "GKT 2s started the game on the back foot and had to defend solidly for the first 20 minutes, without being threatened too much. After they settled down the high pressing game paid off as a cross from Nathan Gardiner was turned in by Wisam Al-Faiadh to make it 1 – 0. The second goal soon followed after Joe Simpson put in a great cross which was turned in by Hichem Bouayed. GKT then went 3 – 0 up early in the second half after captain Ram Kumar capitalised on a mix up between the centre-back and goalkeeper. Imperial were gifted a goal after a goalkeeping error allowed them to poke in a goal. The 2s held on until the 88th minute, with goalkeeper Shiraj Shah making a couple of decent saves. However, two lapses in concentration in the last 5 minutes allowed Imperial to scrape a 3 – 3 draw. All in all, a decent result against a very good side, but the team can’t help but be disappointed after letting a 3 – 0 lead slip."
GKT 2s 3 - 0 St. Mary's 5s (BUCS League)
Goal(s): Hichem Bouayed, Harry Lawson, Ram Kumar
Report: "GKT took the lead after some good build play saw Hichem Bouayed turn in a cross from Joe Simpson. This good fortune continued through the first half as the 2s were lucky to have 11-men on the pitch after two horrendous challenges from Joe. GKT created many chances as the game went on and after a couple of missed opportunities, GKT made it 2 – 0 with a crisp, first-time finish from Harry Lawson. The third came after a well-worked counter attack from GKT, with captain Ram Kumar lofted the ball beautifully over the stranded St. Mary’s keeper. All in all a good solid away performance from GKT 2s."
GKT 2s 2 - 2 Goldsmiths 1s (LUSL League)
Goal(s): Ram Kumar (2)
Report: "The two teams started off pretty evenly until GKT started to over-commit, allowing Goldsmiths to break via a well worked counter attack for 1 – 0. GKT weren’t down for long and soon levelled things through a classy Ram Kumar lob after a fantastic cross from Adam Hooper. The second half started slowly for GKT who were given lifeline with a penalty, which captain Ram converted. The 2s were also unlucky to see a goal controversially ruled out. There was more controversy as Goldsmiths were awarded a penalty in the dying minutes of the game, which they converted for 2 – 2. Overall, the 2s can be pleased with a promising start to their LUSL campaign."
GKT 2s 2 - 3 KCL 2s (GKT/KCL Challenge Cup)
Goal(s): Ram Kumar, Harry Lawson
Report: "Was a very close game throughout with 2 soft goals conceeded from set pieces by GKT costing the team an unlucky loss."
GKT 2s 2 - 3 GKT 5s (Pre-Season Friendly)
Goal(s): Ram Kumar, Adam Edobor
Report: "The 2's played good attacking football and had a couple of excellent chances to score at least 2 more goals. However, the team struggled to defend as a unit - particularly as the 5's were found to have 12 players on the pitch for most of the 2nd half. The 2's feel very unlucky to have been awarded a penalty against them by a shocking referee (GKT 5's player) for a handball that struck Wisam on the chest. The 5's were also awarded a clearly offside goal by the same ref. The match was very different to the draw gained against the 1's and we were still missing ahmed - but there's alot of positives to take from this game into the challenge cup next week!"
GKT 2s 2 - 2 GKT 1s (Pre-Season Friendly)
Goal(s): Ram Kumar (2)
Report: "Both teams started the match equally matched until a couple of soft goalkeeping errors cost the 2's two cheap goals. However, GKT 2's continued to defend well and create some very good chances. Despite some injuries to a couple of freshers the 2's were able to score twice in the final third of the game and hold out for a fully deserved draw."
Result: Kingston 2s 3-2 GKT 2s
Wednesday 18th October 2013
Line up: Shah; Fitz (Hallouda 60), Fischer, Eccles, Tea; Ranford (Al Faiadh 70), Simpson; Abdelhak, Carnochan, Soile; Seth (Kumar 70)
GKT 2s suffered a disappointing start to the season as a late rally proved unable to prevent them slipping to defeat at Tolworth Court. GKT will have every right to feel that they could have got something out of the game and were left to rue their profligacy in front of goal during numerous periods of dominance, especially towards the end of the first half. After a nervy start GKT grew into the game and began to pass the ball with increasing authority. Pleasingly for Captain Simpson, freshers Fitz, Fischer and Tea all looked assured on their competitive debuts and Abdelhak also impressed on his return to the 2s fold. Despite GKT looking dangerous it was Kingston who took the lead midway through the first half, a well worked move perhaps aided by some generous defending from the away side. But the lead was short lived as Simpson dragged his side back into the game with a superb header after Seth flicked on a long throw from Fitz. At this point GKT were well on top but lacked finesse in the final third, the slick playing surface undoubtedly playing a part. After looking like taking the lead on so many occasions it was huge setback for GKT to once again find themselves behind just before the interval, as a stunning long range strike left Shiraj 'The Cat' Shah rooted to the spot and sent the teams into half time with a scoreline that hardly reflected the balance of play. In the second half GKT controlled the game for long periods but could not find the equaliser, their best chance falling to centre back Eccles who blazed over from close range after a corner from the right landed at his feet. With 15 minutes remaining however they were hit with a sucker punch, pinball in the box eventually falling to Kingston's skipper, who made no mistake from six yards out. Game? Not if GKT's inspirational captain could do anything about it. Leading from the front, Simpson refused to let his team lie down and once again threatened to single handedly turn the tide of the match, latching onto Eccles' flick to fire home from the edge of the box. It was in vain however, the final whistle denying GKT the opportunity to snatch a point. Speaking after the game Simpson reassured fans that a nosebleed he was experiencing was nothing to worry about and was probably due to being unusually high in the club scoring charts. When asked about stories linking him to the 1s, in the wake of Shaz Anwar making a sensational plea for the 2s skipper to come and 'save' the team, Simpson scoffed at the idea. 'An approach was made, but I had to tell Shazzy where to shove it', explained the 2s hero. 'I'm afraid there's no buying my allegiance and to be the honest the stench of desperation that's coming from the 1s camp isn't particularly attractive. I hope they sort out their issues, but until then I'm going to focus on being the inspiring talisman my team deserves'. He also took the time to confirm a rumour that was threatening to become the club's worst kept secret. 'Yes, I can confirm what you already know, the 2s are indeed the social team of the club this year. Some people will say that the competition is diminished, that some of the teams aren't as social as last year, but take nothing away from my boys. Two of my freshers have Guy's Bar bans already and I think that says it all.'
Result: GKT 2s 4-1 KCL 2s
Saturday 19th October 2013
Lineup- Shiraj, George, Iggy, Matt, Anthony, David, Joe,Patch, Ed, Ram, Collins. (Omar on for Ram 65), (Frank on for Collins 70), (Tom on for George 70).
The 2's made their way to Berrylands looking to make amends for the Challenge cup defeat two weeks earlier. The lineup was considerably different to that of Wednesdays loss to Kingston, with Collins and Patch making their competitve debuts, whilst the 2's also saw the return of Frank Acquah and stalwart Anthony Kinnear, choosing to spend his first weekend back in London with GKT, rather than friends or family- a wise choice. The 2’s settled into the game well, playing passing football and keeping KCL from having any time on the ball. The first 20 minutes settled into this pattern, with GKT spraying the ball about the pitch without creating any clear cut chances,. Mid-way through the first half, a flurry of golden chances were spurred by GKT, who were seemingly feeling charitable towards their KCL counterparts, after all rumour has it that KCL is a ****hole in the Strand (in the strand.) The chances, many of them clear cut or one on ones were all wasted at a time when GKT were clearly on top. At this point it certainly seemed as though GKT would regret missing so many chances and they did. A threatening KCL breakaway was brought to a halt by the ‘experienced’ (old?) Anthony Kinnear on the left- some would call it cynical, and they would be right. From the ensuing free kick, a KCL player nodded a glancing header past Shiraj in goal to give them the lead. Yet GKT, after missing many chances, responded well, with Matt Eccles turning in a rebound from his own shot- atoning for a quite astonishing miss in the last game against Kingston. The half time whistle came and after a few wise words from coach, the boys went out looking to continue their domination of KCL. And the breakthrough in the second half came early, after a slick passing move, Collins made no mistake one on one, with the assist coming from David- a self labelled ‘Xavi and Iniesta hybrid’. The crowd of 6-9 went wild whilst captain Simpson called for calm heads- ironic considering his brutal lashing out at a helpless KCL player away from the referees eyes- a case of small man syndrome perhaps. Then came the third goal, again a good move saw Collins through on goal and once again he made no mistake. The goal stood despite the linesman (a KCL player) throwing his flag up in a quite obvious sign of despair and wanting to get involved. Captain Joe made his subs, and with his first touch Frank turned in a free kick from Ed. GKT continued to threaten after going 4-1 up, Ed struck the bar with a free kick and David fired an appallingly bad shot wide with his left foot. The final whistle brought with it a sense of redemption, GKT had set the record straight and started the Saturday league with a great win. The attacking play at times was excellent- Collins, Ed and Patch linking up brilliantly, with the latter being so nice as to offer advice to the KCL defence- ‘learn how to tackle.’ The back four was marshaled well by Matt Eccles and the debutants excelled. All in all a game which GKT controlled and lots to take confidence from.