St John's School, Leatherhead Boys-U16B vs St Paul's School
On: Thursday, 09 Mar 2017
Venue: at Home
After an unlucky defeat to Harrow in their last game, this would be another serious test for the 16B's. St Paul's had won all their games this season and this showed in the opening ten minutes. The away side dominating possession, put the St John's back four - Watson, Heard, Stansfield, Gonzalez - under serious pressure. The St Johns' midfield three began to get a foothold, Barnham, Beech and Moir wrestled the game from St Paul's. A composed Moir played a sensational ball over the top of the full back, beautifully falling into Andrew Caird's path and the winger scored a well taken goal. One nil to St John's and the away side responded well pushing forward and exploiting the space behind the home side's full backs. St Paul's looked certain to score but Luke Trimming tipped the shot onto the bar - a fantastic save. Another chance came St Paul's way but solid St John's defending kept them at bay - half time.
The second half saw Ryan Hanratty return to the B's line up and added much needed energy to the side. St John's began the 2nd half on top and very quickly it was 2-0 to the home side. A cheeky ball over the top from Heard bounced awkwardly for the defender and Stevens bundled the ball home. It was classic old-school number 9 play and Stevens made life difficult for the opposition center backs all game. Minutes later Lewis Moir took a free kick and the defenders were far too distracted by Archie's presence and the ball drifted into the net. Goal for Moir and 3-0. Still St John's poured forward, looking dangerous with Hommasi back in the number 10 role. A clear foul on the edge of the box gave St John's a free kick. In a moment of genuine class, Ed beech curled the ball round the wall into the very top left hand corner from the edge of the box. Even the St Paul's coach graciously commented on the quality, goal of the season without a doubt. The away team continued to fight and scored a consolation, they should have had a second but Trimming made 3 consecutive point blank saves when a goal seemed inevitable. A great win against a very good side.