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A Game of Two Halves

Dennis North - 25th August 2010

A Game of Two Halves Met Police 4 Woking 3
Suburban Football League Premier Division
24th August 2010

If the Academy lads needed a wake-up call this game provided the siren.

In the first 45 minutes a Met Police side which included some 1st team regulars showed a determination and physical presence which demonstrated that stepping up to the Suburban Premier Division was going to provide a stiff test for the Woking youngsters this season.

Woking showed some creativity going forward but when not on the ball they found it difficult to compete. Poor distribution from the back from Miller and Eagle gifted the Police two goals, whilst Matt Pegler will be disappointed that he was unable to push a free-kick round the post when getting his hands to a well-struck free-kick. Met Police scored a fourth goal on 38 minutes and, as the first period came to a close, Woking were losing 4-0.

A few home truths from Matt Howard at half-time and the second half was to reinforce that old cliché 'this was a game of two halves'.

The second half possession statistics were probably 80/20 in favour of Woking. In fact it took just two minutes for 16 year-old Joe Reay from wide left to pick out a pass to Ola Sogbanmu at the back post, who coolly guided the ball home. Ten minutes later Ollie Palmer should have scored when through one-on-one with the keeper but was to make up for it later when winning an aerial battle with keeper and defender to head the ball home. With just minutes remaining, Ola Sogbanmu notched up a contender for goal of the season when he latched onto a loose ball some 25-30 yards out and fired an unstoppable volley into the roof of the net.

In the final analysis Woking might have grabbed a point in this game but more importantly the lads, all but three of whom were u17-u19, were given a real demonstration of the level of desire and commitment required from them this year.

A very promising display from the youngest player on the pitch puts Joe Reay in the frame but the 'man of the match' award goes to Ola Sogbanmu for his battling performance up front coupled with his contender for goal of the season.

MOTM: Ola Sogbanmu (pictured)

Squad: Matt Pegler, Joe Reay, Gavin Miller, Aaron Gough, Callum Eagle, Matt Powell, Tom Topham, Charlie Turnbull, Jack Blatchford, Josh Watkins, Ola Sogbanmu.

Subs used: Ollie Palmer, Josh Griffiths.

Subs not used: Alfred Ajani, Stefan Dixon, Ryan O'Sullivan.

Next game for the reserves:

Saturday 28th August away to Northwood - KO 3.00pm
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