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Posted on October 12th 2016
Football - HBAED 4 Harris Morden 0
Following a frustrating few weeks of cancelled fixtures, the Year 7s started their first outing in the Harris Federation Cup with intent and a point to prove. Merton won the toss which allowed HBAED to start proceedings from the centre circle, an omen on possession which seemed to stick throughout the fixture.
Creating much of the early pressure, HBAED struggled to make it count in the final third and saw much of the play returned to their back line to start again. In circumstances such as this, it often requires a moment of magic to break the deadlock and open the game up, and this moment came from Bilal, who received the ball wide from Joshuah and went on one of his many mazing runs that left Merton in awe. Sliding the ball in to our target man, Rowland made what proved to be a troubling contact for the Merton keeper, with the ball spinning through his legs and in to the back of his net, leaving him red-cheeked.
Merton were pinned back for the remainder of the first half, a period that saw HBAED nick another two goals, one from Michael and a second from Rowland. Entering the second half, the opposition placed a considerate amount of pressure on HBAED, testing our resolve, however a fourth goal in our favour happily put the game to bed.
Man of the Match: Bilal. Undoubtedly our most dangerous player on the pitch, making his mark in the first half with expansive runs that left the opposition wondering where to turn next.
Stepping up: Rowland. All of our positive play would have come to nothing had it not been for the contribution in front of goal from Rowland. Remaining sharp throughout, he made life tough for the Merton back line.