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Taking a leaf out of the national team’s book, Shire Oak started their football season with two home games in the space of four days. Following pre-season training the boys were raring to go for the first game against St. Anthony’s. It was clear the training was paying off as the boys played some lovely passing moves putting a good deal of pressure on the opposition’s penalty area. Getting an early goal helped to settle the Shire Oak team and they maintained an up-beat tempo throughout the first half. After some good play by St Anthony’s the score was soon finely balanced at 3-3. Shire Oak then managed to get their noses in front to lead  4-3. With just 2 minutes left to play St. Anthony’s broke down the right wing and almost equalised. A strong kick from the Shire Oak goalkeeper, a flicked on header and there was a Shire Oak forward bearing down on the opposition’s goal area. A few seconds later the ball flew past the out-stretched keeper and was nestling in the left hand corner of the net. 5-3 to Shire Oak and the points were safe.


Following all of that excitement the Shire Oak team were looking forward to picking up where they had left off when St. Peter’s arrived for the next match. The boys again started off the match with great gusto getting the first goal. They then proceeded to go close as they peppered the St. Peter’s goal area with shots which either just missed the target or were brilliantly saved by the goalkeeper. These missed chances proved costly and St. Peter’s  were ahead by half time and then had the best of the early part of the second half. It was at this point that the Shire Oak team played some lovely football, on what was now a very muddy pitch, and pulled the score back to 4-6. St. Peter’s appeared to be on the back foot but a breakaway goal as Shire Oak continued to press settled them down.                               Final score Shire Oak 4 – St. Peter’s 7.

So with two games played Shire Oak have already picked up 5 points, scored 9 goals and are looking forward to the next match in the knowledge that they have started the season off in superb fashion.

Posted by Our football reporter. on 24/10/2013 16:34