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Match Report


Old Parkonians 7s

Paul Dawes (2)

Tarik Sulaiman (2)

Sat 23 Jan 2010




Star player: Tarik Sulaiman

Norsemen 8s

Having made a successful return to league football against NorS***N 7’s, Parks this week faced NorS***N’s 8th XI. NorS***N 8’s, despite being a long way behind in fixtures, had only lost twice to this point and therefore were the closest challengers to Parks league T*Tle bid. Missing this week was Brad Colli through injury.

With a few of the players having played in last seasons 8th team, Parks were able to establish that most of the opposition players were part of the league winning side from Division 5. Pre-match discussion noted that it was unlikely Parks would be able to prevent NorS***N from creating, but that they would need to utilise the advantages of pace and fitness to break them down quickly and kill the contest as early as possible.

Parks kicked off and immediately put pressure on NorS***N’s back line, and within 5 minutes they had the lead. A cross-come-shot from O’Brien on the left hit the bar and the ball fell to a NorS***N defender who missed his clearance. The ball rolled out to Sulaiman 12 yards out who smashed the ball home into the bottom left corner. Parks pushed on and looked for a second. Sulaiman broke past the full back again and cut the ball back to Evans only for a NorS***N defender to make a last ditch intervention to prevent a tap in.

Around 15 minutes in NorS***N were given a free kick around 10 yards into the Parks half. A long ball into the area sailed into the 6 yard box where the Parks defenders left the ball to the keeper, and the keeper left it to the defenders. The NorS***N forward had a free header 4 yards out and nodded home with their first attempt of the match. Parks immediately rallied and within moments were peppering the target with long range efforts again. As the NorS***N line pushed up looking for the offside decision, Hussain pushed a ball through the centre for Sulaiman to run on to. He took the ball clean through and placed the ball round the keeper to make it 2-1. NorS***N complained relentlessly of an offside which clearly never existed in the build up to the goal. This however seemed to distract the referee when a long NorS***N ball found the “silver fox” on the right wing around 5 yards beyond the last defender. The NorS***N forward made inroads to the goal and cut inside on his left before smashing home in the far corner.

With 10 minutes of the half to play Parks continued to pile on the pressure, knocking the ball from side to side and using the left flank link between Leal and O’Brien to particularly good effect. A free kick on the left hand side was played short to O’Brien who swung an excellent ball in behind the defence. R.Porter broke clean through only to put his effort narrowly wide. A couple of minutes later a nice bit of build up play on the left saw Grossman play the ball to Dawes on the last man. Touching the ball forward, Dawes ran through and sent the keeper the wrong way before pA*Sing the ball down the centre of the goal to make it 3-2.

In the dying moments of the half Sulaiman broke through but opted to square the ball rather than take the shot on himself, resulting in an easy clearance for the NorS***N defence.

Half Time: 3-2

Parks had accepted their inability to compete for the aerial balls but knew that if they pressed ahead and took their chances they could put themselves too far clear to be caught. Grossman was brought off for Pearson at half time.

As the half kicked off Parks were on the ascendancy again, cutting through the wings and swinging balls into the box only to find NorS***N defenders on every occasion. The NorS***N defenders started to sit on their 18 yard box with the midfield 10 yards ahead of them, creating two solid banks of defence and relying on long balls into the forwards who were making runs to the corners.

Parks had a few long range efforts from Dawes and Hussain which failed to really test the keeper, while Sulaiman was looking to break past the last line of defence, being horrifically taken out on a couple of occasions. Most disappointing on these occasions was the opposition players shouting “up in the air” when he was on the ball, which really dampened the spirit of the game for the last half hour.

Again it was a counter attack long ball which led to Parks conceding the equaliser. This time the “silver fox” took the ball down on their wide right position, playing a ball in towards their other forward. As O’Brien went to intercept he took a heavy shove and went down, knocking the ball out for a corner in the process. The referee awarded the corner rather than the free kick. The ball was placed perfectly on the head of the “silver fox” around 2 yards from the back post which he comfortably nodded home.

Parks were determined not to settle for the draw, and continued to put balls in the box in the hope that Evans could latch onto one of them but NorS***N were old pros and defended most crosses excellently barring one that just cleared their own bar after a desperate sliding clearance. Eventually another break through came, this time a result of a blocked shot which fell to Dawes who saw a gap in behind the defenders, knocked the ball into the space for himself, rounded the keeper and pA*Sed home from a tight angle.

Within the space of 5 minutes parks had two chances to put the game to bed once and for all, a pA*S from the left found Evans at the back post. Taking a touch to the right he snatched at the shot and smashed his shot wide of the target. Immediately afterward a long throw taken from the right was controlled excellently by B.Porter, who smashed his shot on the turn over from a tight angle when perhaps a square ball would have led to a tap in.

With around 10 minutes left to go, another long ball up to the NorS***N forward saw him wrestle his way past B.Porter whilst dragging him back, yet somehow managed to gain the free kick in NorS***N’s favour. Before the kick was taken Harvey called a stop to play with some form of vision impairment brought on by a migraine. Efthymiou was therefore brought on as a subsT*Tute goalkeeper. The free kick was aimed direct at goal and went in just under the bar, above the man on the back post, making it 3 goals from 4 set pieces for NorS***N and another equaliser.

By this point Parks went a bit flat, but continued to look for a goal while NorS***N seemed content to settle of a hard fought draw. Pearson had two late efforts, one of which narrowly went wide of the far post, while Dawes curled one just wide. Despite Parks being camped squarely in the opposition half there was to be no further goals and the game petered out as a 4-4 draw.

Full Time: 4-4

Parks will be disappointed not to have put daylight between themselves and the chasing pack, especially having had such a vast proportion of possession. However, a draw reduces the opportunity for what was a good team to catch up in the league and Parks can now look to push on in coming weeks to put even more pressure on the chasing sides.

Man of the Match: Tarik Sulaiman. Two consecutive weeks with a brace in the first half, his contribution has been crucial in the results and allowing the rest of the team to play as he often occupies numerous opposition players on his own. Also performing notably well were Dawes, who provided two excellent finishes and some sublime pA*Sing, and the left wing combo of Leal and O’Brien who worked tirelessly to create some good chances and put NorS***N under constant pressure.

Starting line up

  • 1

    Peter Harvey

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  • 2

    Kamran Salahuddin

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  • 3

    Kieran O'Brien

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  • 6

    Ross Porter

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  • 5

    Blane Porter

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  • 4

    Paul Dawes

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  • 14

    Asif Hussain

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  • 8

    Jon Grossman

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  • 10

    Tarik Sulaiman

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  • 11

    Sammy Leal

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  • 9

    Dave Evans

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  • 7

    Brad Pearson

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  • 13

    Andreas Efthymiou

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