Another wonderful win for the Sharks, another record scoreline, another hat-trick for Sebas, and another clean sheet for Rory. Wiktor also bagged a hat-trick, Jakub continued his scoring form with another two goals, and Ben and Nile also grabbed two each. Despite the scoreline, Meadow Sports played some fine football at times, with an excellent spirit right to the end.
With Alejandro out resting, the back line had an unfamiliar feel to it, with Gabriel stepping in at centre back and Jake and Jakub as full backs. Rory was again between the posts. Phin took his place as defensive midfielder, with Ben, Sebas, Wiktor and Nile lining up in midfield.
It was a huge pitch, and very muddy, so things were heavy going – and in spite of the final score the Sharks never quite clicked into top gear with their full-flowing football. There were glimpses of it, of course, and some individual brilliance, but they’ve definitely played better as a team this season without banging in so many goals. (That’s football!)
To be fair, Meadow Sports made life very difficult. They were quick into tackles and determined in defence – and launched one or two dangerous quick balls to test our new-look defence. The Sharks were up to the task though, with Gabriel filling in well at centre back and Jake continuing his excellent form at right back – getting his tackles in sharply and distributing the ball well. On the left side Jakub was also energetic and determined – and continued his own fine form with a couple of goals too, despite spending much of the game in defence.
As the first half wore on, The Sharks started to find their rhythm and began creating chances. Nile was making great headway on the left wing, putting in good early crosses and Wiktor, Ben and Sebas were making inroads through the solid Meadow Sports’ defence.
Soon the first goal came as Sebas was played in by Ben on the right. He sprinted into the area and poked the ball firmly past the keeper. Good goal, good finish.
Once the deadlock had been broken the goals flowed for the Sharks. Great work by Sebas again saw him surge to the byeline and cross the ball for the waiting Nile, who slotted it home confidently for 2-0.
Wiktor then got in on the scoring with a superb goal. Collecting a neat through ball from Sebas on the edge of the area, he chipped the keeper delightfully and the ball swept into the net for a magnificent finish. 3-0 now.
Ben than added the fourth as Wiktor turned provider. Holding his run well to beat the offside trap, Ben received a perfectly weighted through ball from Wiktor, sped away from the defenders and calmly slotted the ball past the diving keeper. Excellent finish.
Martin came on for Gabriel at the back allowing him to push further forward. And Gabby made an immediate impact in midfield, picking up the ball just outside the area and unleashing a powerful right foot shot, which whistled past the goalie and slammed into the post and out to safety. The goal frame was still shaking two minutes later!
The fifth goal did arrive minutes later as a corner from Gabriel fell to Jakub on the edge of the box. He turned and hit the ball sweetly first time and it sailed perfectly over the keeper and into the net. A brilliant goal from our new goal machine Jakub.
There was still time for one more before half time as the Sharks continued pressing.
Elliot won the ball well in midfield and fed it wide to Sebas who made another of his surging runs into the penalty area. He squared the ball and again Nile was there and made no mistake from a few yards out. Well created and well finished. 6-0 at half time.
The second half was more of the same, although the Sharks’ flowing football was more in evidence.
Wiktor and Phin were in the attacking central roles with Ben and Sebas on the wings. Nile stepped in to left back and Jakub covered at right back.
Wiktor and Ben exchanged passes early on and Ben made a good run into the box only for the keeper to save as he tried to poke the ball into the net. Then Sebas and Jake played a short corner and Sebas played in a good cross, which Wiktor met well, slotting the ball home for 7-0 and his second of the game.
Then it was Sebas’ turn to show his form. Dribbling into the box he was upended and the referee pointed to the spot. Sebas took the ball himself and fired home an unstoppable thunderbolt past the keeper, who managed to get a hand to it, but couldn’t possibly keep it out. A great penalty.
Wiktor then narrowly missed getting his hat-trick with a lovely run and curling shot which the keeper did well to tip round the post.
Sebas completed his hat-trick with a wonderful goal. Collecting the ball on the right, outside the penalty area, he saw the keeper off his line and played a fantastic chip his over his head and into the back of the net. A superb way to finish off his hat-trick – his second in as many games.
Ben then added his second after a great through ball from Wiktor who had been fed by Nile. Again surging through and showing great strength against the determined defenders he held them off and slotted the ball past the keeper at the near post. A fine goal and 10-0 now to the Sharks.
Wiktor now scored his hat-trick with a good low finish after great work from Martin and Phin on the right. And finally Jakub got his second of the game with a powerful shot from the edge of the area.
Martin and Phin managed to get a chance further forward towards the end, and both were unlucky not to score in the closing few minutes. Elliott stepped back into central defence and provided some assured covering. And whilst Rory had little to do second half, he was busier first half and had to come off his line quickly to clear some lofted through balls.
12-0 was a fantastic final score for the Sharks, who are certainly finding the net now. Earlier in the season, they were creating chances but not necessarily scoring, but they seem to have found a clinical edge in the last couple of weeks.
Special mention to Meadow Sports, who were the epitome of sportsmanship throughout. It can’t be easy being on the end of a 12-0 defeat, but several players came over to us and shook hands at the final whistle, as well as with all the Sharks. A good show and bravo to them for their sporting spirit.
So Oxshott at home next. The Sharks are certainly in fine form, so let’s hope they can take their confidence and scoring into the top-of-the-table clash. Should be an interesting game!
Here’s the current table (for some reason Oxshott’s result against Predators on Sunday has still not appeared – so they have two games in hand right now):
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Oxshott Royals Colts
Kew Association Colts
Hampton Rangers Juniors
Ewell Saxons Navy
AFC Walcountians Pumas
Kew Park Rangers Royals
Meadow Sports Youth
Thanks to Nick for running the line this week.