GKT 1’s 6-1 GKT 4’s 26/11/16
In an exciting turn of events the 1’s first LUSL cup match of this season saw them drawn against GKT 4’s, the most hated team at the club. Despite being loathed, they have registered some impressive results this season and been scoring goals for fun so there was no room for complacency. Unfortunately, due to injuries, illnesses and other miscellaneous reasons, the 1’s were down to a bare 11 and of that 11, three were hungover and one was ill. Far from ideal circumstances but we’re the 1’s for a reason and the challenge was there to go out and prove why we’re the top team at GKT.
Starting in a new and Matty Eccles endorsed formation of 3-5-2, there was potential for GKT to make a slow start. They weren’t having that though. Early pressure, early corner and a lovely flighted delivery from Dan Robinson was met by the surging head of Uli to power the ball in at the near post. 1-0, can we play you every week? For the next twenty minutes, the 1’s utterly bossed the 4’s who infrequently got the ball and even less frequently managed to get out of their own half. However, the pitch was slow and the 1’s whilst bossing play were not creating many chances. Both wing backs Ed Carnochan and Dan Robinson were getting forward readily but their crosses always just evaded the centre forwards. Bonar lined up a free kick which was well saved after everyone was ready to see the net ripple such is his prowess over a dead ball. The positives to take from this period was the 1’s maintaining of possession with the ball being recycled and moved across the pitch quickly and at ease. The three defenders Sunmi, Cartledge and Eccles almost acting like midfielders such was the amount of possession they had and so little defending needed to be done.
The score was doubled on 25 minutes when some lovely footwork from Craig released Dan down the left who floated a lovely cross into the centre of the six yard box and Barker was there to graciously accept the gift with a header into the roof of the net. The rest of the first half followed the pattern that had been set, the 4’s didn’t manage to register a single shot and the 1’s had the lion’s share of the possession but chances, to the 4’s credit, were few and far between. After going two goals ahead, the 1’s seemed to take their foot of the pedal a little which is uncharacteristic because we’re normally heartless bastards.
The second half began with the 4’s evidently pumped up and the 1’s starting slowly. Too many passes going astray, too many unsure touches and not enough aggression with and without the ball. The 4’s introduced a sub soon after half time, who made a mazy run down the left before the move was finished well with a rising shot from close range. 2-1 and although the 1’s had been far superior for 90% of the game, football ultimately boils down to goals and at this point, it looked as though there could be a battle on.
Cometh the hour, cometh the man and not content with being just the MOTM, James Cartledge strode forward from centre back and unleashed a shot from comfortably 30 yards that defied the laws of physics. Dipping and swerving away from the goalkeeper it dropped into the bottom right corner and restored the two goal cushion. Seriously, he's wasted just becoming a doctor.
From this point on and with a point to prove, the 1’s started to boss proceedings. Camped in the 4’s half and getting the wing backs heavily involved by switching the play quickly, the 4’s couldn’t cope with a far superior footballing outfit and it seemed as though more goals were inevitable. Bonar and Uli getting forward regularly and Craig dictating play from deep, allowed the forward players to fill the box. The fourth and killer goal although scored by Barker was courtesy of the good work of Ndo. Using his strength and power to turn his defender he powered through the area before unleashing a shot that was spilled by the keeper and tucked home by Barker who’d anticipated it like all good strikers do. The fifth goal was an almost carbon copy of the fourth, and again the credit should go to Ndo, the only difference being that this one was tucked home by Barker’s left foot to complete a perfect hatrick.
Not content with just the five goals, the 1’s continued to pour forward and it was only a case of poor final balls that prevented the 4’s being on the end of a heavy hammering. Ndo in particular was frustrated at not registering a goal but following saves and near misses, it proved to be one of those days for him. The final goal from another flowing piece of football with the ball being played around the 4’s area before reaching Ed. Having received a lot of needlessly harsh stick from the sidelines Ed had a point to prove, dropping a shoulder to beat his man before rifling the ball in off the post. For the record, all of us in the 1’s like Ed a lot but you, Keelan, are an insufferable cunt despised throughout the club.
6-1, a comfortable victory and a good performance in the end from the 1’s and through to the next round of the cup. Considering the number of players missing combined with hangovers and illnesses in the match day squad, we can be pleased to have avoided a potential banana skin. The 4’s are a good outfit for the level they play at, it’s clear to see why they’re having success in their leagues and it is to their credit that they kept going until the end but on the day the 1’s proved that they’re the best footballers at the club. We wish the 4’s luck for the rest of the season and we genuinely hope they can bring the club some silverware come April. In the eyes.
KCL 2s 0-3 GKT 2s 05/10/16
The GKT 2s got their season off to a flyer on Wednesday afternoon as they asserted their dominance over university rivals KCL. In difficult conditions, GKT battled into the wind and were confined to their own half for much of the first stanza. However, solid defence through the midfield and back four, coupled with resolute goalkeeping from their number 1, ensured KCL appeared nothing more than a disorganised bunch of misfits in front of goal. Despite the wind disadvantage, Captain Gavin Balson broke the deadlock mid-way through the first half after being put through on goal by a fine ball from winger Ryan Lupton. With just the keeper to beat, the striker showed that meticulous preparation is key as not a single strand of hair obscured his view, enabling him to loft the ball into the back of the net.
With the wind now behind them in the second half, GKT piled on the pressure. Midway through the second period the visitors doubled their lead after quality combination play in the midfield allowed Ryan to deliver his second assist of the day, putting David Ranford through on goal. The onrushing midfielder calmly opened his account for the season and placed GKT in a strong position to close out the match. Minutes later the lead could have been three when defender George Noorland found himself in unfamiliar territory a meter from goal, only to be taken down by a sniper as the opportunity ‘slipped’ away. The well-deserved third goal did finally come after a long ball down the wing was collected by Gavin, who turned provider by rounding his man and blasting in a cross for David who converted his second of the day.
In all, it was a solid performance from GKT who dominated their university rivals and took their place once again as the King of King’s.
Awaiting the start of the season
KCL 4s 0-2 GKT 4s 05/10/16
GKT 4s made the short journey to Berrylands to face their respective KCL team in the Challenge Cup. Both teams struggled to get into rhythm during the first half with neither keeper being tested within the first 45 minutes. GKT began the second half much brighter, forcing KCL back into their own half. The first goal came after 60 minutes, when Chris managed to beat the KCL keeper direct from a corner kick. A second soon followed when Ali G was fouled inside the box, with Jay slotting the resulting penalty into the bottom left corner. GKT continued to push forward, hitting the inside of the post twice as well as having a shot cleared off the line by some desperate defending by the KCL team. GKT 4s managed to comfortably see out the remainder of the game, with the final score finishing at 2-0.
KCL 5s 2-2 GKT 5s 05/10/16
Derby day for GKT was feisty as ever, with many new faces appearing for the mighty 5's. Game started brightly for the 5's with strong pressure being applied on the KCL opposition. A bit of calamitous defending and horrid lack of communication after a wonderful pass from Reidy set up new skipper Allen to coolly slot home into the far corner. After a bright start, the game turned scrappy and KCL equalised after a mix up in the 5's back line. In the second half, an unfortunate error from our usually ever solid keeper lead to KCL taking the lead, a clearance was closed down and ricocheted into our goal. Rob bounced back strongly and made two top saves to keep the 5's on level terms as KCL took the upper hand. However GKT rallied and after a strong run by Joe S followed by a great pass, Reidy was on hand to carry on his goal scoring heroics from last season to tie the scores at 2-2 in the last quarter of the game. GKT piled on the pressure in the dying minutes of the game with attack after attack. KCL somehow managed to hold on and escaped with a draw. Overall a promising game, with GKT 5's playing patches of great football throughout the game that highlighted the potential of this new young team. A great season to look forward to lies ahead!