Match Report by Nile Kirke
The Sharks stormed to their first league victory against Walton Casuals with a 7-2 win, playing extremely well and deserving to score more. Nile scored 3, Gabriel scored 2 and Martin and Francis each got 1.
We lost Phin and Freddie due to illness, with Dylan resting and Ben luckily there as an emergency sub. Joe and Rory each played 35 minutes in goal.
The match began with the Sharks already pressing towards Walton’s net within minutes, and less than 10 minutes into the game it was already 1-0. After some impressive passing, Gabriel passed the ball to Nile, who calmly slotted it into the bottom corner. Go him!
Not long after, Francis was fouled in the box, and Gabriel quickly made it 2-0 with a precise penalty. The Sharks were the better team, and Walton were extremely lucky to score from a small defensive mistake. The score was 2-1 by half time, but it never looked like they would lose the lead – especially with a defence which would put Man United to shame.
It wasn’t long until Martin scored a goal of his own. Well outside their opponents box, he smashed the ball into the top of the net. It was an incredible shot, Martin’s first goal in 2 years, and their goalkeeper, who we agreed was by far their star player, stood no chance. 3-1!
Walton’s second, and last, goal of the day came from a corner. It was 3-2, but unlike Leicester City today, they were unable to make a comeback.
Gabriel then scored his 2nd of the day with a powerful shot into the roof of the net, their goalkeeper couldn’t get near it. Nile soon grabbed his second after receiving the ball from Francis, dribbling past a few lacklustre defenders and scored easily. 5-2.
Nile completed his hat trick with an easily tap-in, following a great pass from Enrico. The final goal saw Francis cap an excellent game for the Sharks with a composed finish into the bottom corner. 7-2.
The Sharks played well, and especially near the end of the match, their passing really showed that they have bounced back from last week’s unfortunate defeat. Well done to Joe and Rory for filling in as goalkeeper, which we all agree is probably the hardest position on the pitch.
Finally well done to Martin, who not only captained the team and scored a goal of his own, but made many important tackles.
Overall, it was a superb performance from the Sharks – real proof of why they deserve to be in this league.