St John's School, Leatherhead Boys-U16B vs The Oratory School
On: Saturday, 11 Mar 2017
This match was a different challenge from the keenly fought contest mid week against St Paul's. The contrast was best understood by St John's keeper Luke Trimming who had pulled off a string of classy saves against St Paul's but had little to do on this occasion. Part of that was due to the excellent back three of Watson, Stansfield and Watson, with Dan Barnham once against dominant in the CDM position. However, the vast majority of the game was spent in the home sides half and in was only a matter of minutes before St John's opened the scoring with an excellent Moir ball through to Andrew Caird who made it 1-0. Oratory tried to press but Beech showed his class to out maneuver the early energy of the home side. Minutes after the first goal, a second arrived courtesy of the magic feet of Seb Hommasi, dribbling past 4 home players to score a quality goal. It was the impressive wing play of Javier Gonzalez that created the third for a second Andrew Caird goal and a fourth arrived for goal machine Archie Stevens, demonstrating his all round ability by scoring a good goal from the angle of the penalty area into the opposite corner of the goal. A team goal followed, with a passing move ending with a clever Hommasi pass into Stevens who slotted home his second and the teams fifth goal. The half ended with an excellent one-two between Beech and Stevens, and a good finish by Ed Beech to make it 6-0 to St John's at half time.
Ryan Hanratty came on at half time to additional threat to the away side's midfield. Oratory started much better in the 2nd half and made it much more difficult. Ten minutes into the second half and St John' pressure looked like coming to nothing but a brilliant instinctive flick by Hommasi made it 7-0. St John's were goal hungry and as Hommasi dribbled his way through on goal he was clattered by the keeper, a certain penalty, but before the referee had to make a decision Archie Stevens scored the rebound for his hat-trick. The consistently impressive Gonzalez made it 9-0, cutting in from the wing to score a great goal. In the dying minutes there was still time for the goal of the game, Moir bring the ball down in the middle of the opposition half and smashing the ball beautifully into the top right hand goal. A sensational goal to make it 10-0. A great team performance, a hat-trick for Stevens, MOTM performance from Hommasi and loads of great goals.