U19: Chipping Norton Swifts 9-0 Summertown Comets
Chipping Norton Swifts registered their biggest win of the season as they demolished Summertown Stars 9-0 in today's under 18/19 B league fixture at Greystones today.
Report by Richard Morris
As the score line suggests, Chippy were completely dominant from kick-off to final whistle. They peppered the Summertown goal in the first half and with improved composure in front of goal (or a crossbar positioned 6 feet higher!) Chippy could have easily achieved double figures before the break. But such was Chippy’s dominance, the squandered chances were ultimately of little consequence.
Chippy’s opening goal came after just 5 minutes when a beautifully threaded pass by Sam Neal set Orlando Giannini free and his shot from a narrow angle found its way into the net via the far post. Due to missed chances Chippy had to wait until the 19th minute to register a second. This time Jack Stott set-up Orlando who managed to prod the ball past the ‘keeper. Orlando then became provider when he flicked the ball on to Sam Davin to make it 3-0 in the 23rd minute.
2 minutes later Chippy ‘keeper Hayden Matthews made a fine save when Summertown enjoyed a rare foray into the home side’s half.
As the clocked ticked over the half-hour Sam Neal struck in a cross from the left allowing Orlando to notch-up his hat-trick with a simple tap-in.
More chances followed, but it was the trees behind Summertown’s goal that took the brunt of Chippy’s labours and the score remained 4-0.
Summertown’s keeper was in fine form early in the second half as he made several fine saves. One, to deny Luke Briggs, was particularly outstanding as he somehow got down low to his left and nudged the ball around the post. (Look up Gordon Banks save from Pele against Brazil in 1970, it was similar).
Sam Davin got his second on 56 minutes, slipping the ball just inside the post, following a Hedley Smart throw-in. 6 minutes later Luke Briggs met an Orlando cross with a fabulous diving header and 2 minutes later Sam Davin scooped the ball to Sam Neal who finished neatly, and suddenly it was 7-0.
Following a Chippy corner on 66 minutes Will Stahl-Morris twisted his knee in Summertown’s 6-yard box and had to be carried off with a recurrence of his knee injury. It looks like he will be out for the rest of the season which is hugely disappointing.
Ethan Taylor popped up on 75 minutes to make it 8-0 and Orlando got his fourth on 78 minutes when a he pounced on a rebound following a Sam Neal effort that was blocked.
So, an excellent, fully deserved result for the Swifts today. Their performance was outstanding, and Summertown just couldn’t cope. Chippy will require another good performance next week when their opponents won’t be so frail and missed chances will very definitely be punished.
Well done everyone and best wishes to Will.