S7 SOCCER ACADEMY made a winning start to this year’s Orphanage Cup campaign by beating last year’s runners up Totally Wicked in convincing fashion.
S7 made a fast start to the game and were 1 nil up inside 2 minutes, Hickey started the move off by winning the ball in the centre of midfield, the ball eventually found its way into the area but was only half cleared and it fell to Hamlin to the right of the penalty area, he easily beat his man and slotted a right footed shot beyond the goalkeeper inside the far post.
S7 dominated possession, in particular Errey and Moran who were allowed time and space to dictate the game from the back.
Totally Wicked's only notable chance was a well struck shot from distance but Watson in goal was well positioned to make a comfortable save.
Although S7 dominated the game they may feel as though they should of created more chances in the first period, at times they seemed content with keeping the ball rather than committing men forward and trying to score a second.
The second did eventually come 10 minutes before half time. The goalkeeper failed to deal with a high ball into the box, his attempted punch dropped to Hamlin, this time in a more central position, he was allowed too much time to turn and made no mistake when curling a left footed effort into the corner.
S7 changed things around at half time by bringing Ellis Gallaher on for Kyle Jackson and also changing to a 4-3-3 formation, this was to try and dominate the midfield and create more space in behind the Totally Wicked defence. Ben Morgan was also introduced early in second half, replacing Chris Baker to add a bit more of a direct approach down the right hand side.
The change seemed to work well with Jordan Macquarrie finding much more of the ball on the left hand side, he had the beating of the full back on numerous occasions and was causing all kinds of problems for the Totally Wicked defence.
It was indeed Macquarrie who scored the 3rd goal and all but killed off the game for Totally Wicked. He beat the offside trap and found himself one on one with the goalkeeper, he showed great composure to round the goalkeeper and slot the ball into the empty net.
S7 rarely looked troubled at all and the only chances Totally Wicked created came through over playing and shots from distance. Bizarrely though they did find the back of the net with somewhat of a freak goal. A long clearance up field took an unusual high bounce to deceive Jordan Watson; this made the score 3-1 and gave Totally Wicked a glimmer of hope.
Hamlin should have completed his hat trick and put the game to bed when he was put through by Macquarrie but his finish lacked conviction and was saved by the keepers foot.
He was given the chance to make amends when S7 were then awarded a penalty, Ben Morgan picked the ball up on the right, beat his man and drove into the penalty area. Just as he looked to shoot he was upended with a sloppy tackle and the referee had no hesitation in pointing to the spot. Hamlin stepped up to take the penalty and sent the keeper the wrong way to complete his hat trick.
Within minutes it was 5 – 1. Macquarrie, full of tricks by this stage teased the full back and delivered a delightful ball to the back post, Hamlin controlled on his chest and beat the helpless goalkeeper from a tight angle .
By now the midfield trio of Hickey, Nabeel and Mckenna were totally dominant and played some neat football, collecting good passes from Sargeson and Gallaher at full back. All 3 will be disappointed not to be on the score sheet as they failed to test the keeper form long range.
S7 will feel they can play much better and will hope to utilise the midfield players in future games as most teams will find it difficult to live with the work rate and enthusisam of Mo Nabeel and Ryan Mckenna in particular who between them covered every blade of grass.
The back 4 again looked comfortable, with Sargeson and Jackson/Gallaher alongside Errey and Moran. Although not on top from the front 2 again looked prolific with Hamlin scoring his 8th goal in 2 games. All signs are looking good and S7 still have Daniel Stubberfield to return who was unable to play due to work commitments at his second job working at Blackburn Rovers Academy.
Line up: Watson, Jackson, Errey, Moran, Sargeson, Baker, Hickey, McKenna, Nabeel, Macquarrie, Hamlin.
Subs: Gallaher, Morgan


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