Chatham cup – Round 2 review v Selwyn

On Queen’s birthday Monday we were set to be playing Selwyn at Foster Park, however, to our advantage, the game was played at English park due to weather conditions.

I was looking forward to a boggy challenge at Foster Park after that epic first game. I also think it would’ve been good preparation for the South Island league, knowing there are some very bumpy muddy pitches down south this time of year.

Early goals

Our plan was to keep the form running. Finally, the hard work is paying off and we are scoring freely while also not conceding goals. That’s what we all want. To be fair to Selwyn, they tried something different against us and we were unsettled for the first 10 minutes. But once we worked it out it was all systems go. Macca knows there is a Liam Hare in great form that is currently our #10. With Ash coming back there was pressure on for a performance and we got it. His beautiful one-touch volley from a JJ cross was in off the bar. It’s been so nice this season to be scoring early goals to settle the nerves. Because after we score we seem to be a class act.

After Macca, there was another special goal. Ash getting on the score sheet. What a goal it was beating his man and coolly side-footing it bottom right corner. Before halftime, Macca slotted another first-time side foot to score set up by Tristan, and it was 3-0 going into halftime.

The last three games we have gone into halftime 3-0 and the message has been clear to get the 4th and kill the game. Today we did that as Treye set up Ash. Tristan poached one in and Ash sets up Treye to bundle it in.

Big score again

6-0 was the full-time score, a very comfortable game for us. I do feel for Selwyn, we are incredibly disciplined right now and every player is so motivated to play well, each for different reasons. Not only that but remember we have made FIVE changes to our starting 11 this game and Selwyn may not have changed a player after their match of the season against Uni, which went to the wire. Today we saw a fresh team play against a tired one.

MOM

Man of the match was clear-cut. Ash Wellbourn strolled around and got the best statistics any player has got this season. MoM goes to Ash. Welcome home bro.

So let’s keep this run going I say. It was great to still see a group of fans watching us in the pouring rain. The boys absolutely loved it!! Next game we play is against Nomads who have beaten us this season already. A win or draw will ensure we get second place in the league and retain the Hurley Shield for the season. This will be the club’s highest ever league position if we can get over the line here.

See you there,

Ekow