South Park F.C.

South Park F.C.

South Park U16s (2-2) Epsom Eagles

by Niki Musto

This is a very short match report tonight, just the basic facts!

Epsom Eagles were the first to score and straight away South Park realised that this was going to be a pretty even tie. Each and every player on both sides contributed to a match in which every move was matched and each player’s opposite number appeared to be on the same wavelength. Unfortunately for Park, it was Epsom who scored the first goal.

Not for long; Dan Chapman was the first South Park player to score when they were awarded a free kick…. and what a free kick it was from the very edge of the area. No goalkeeper in the world would have stood a chance against this effort and the score was back on an even keel.

Sadly, this stalemate did not last long, as Epsom soon decided that this score was not acceptable and they beat the Park defence and keeper to go ahead once again. At half time, the score was 1-2 to Epsom Eagles.

The second half continued in the same manner as the first with both sides providing the spectators with a great morning of entertainment. Commitment was evident from all players and this resulted in a number of blameless clashes / injuries.

The equaliser finally arrived and it came from a ball, provided by James Hollands over the heads of the defensive line; Dan Chapman ran onto the ball and beat the remaining defenders, then the keeper, to blast it home.

The rest of the game was dominated by at least half a dozen further shots from the Park players, including a superb header from Chapman which was punched away. It was not all in Park’s favour as Epsom also managed a number of attacks but despite the very best efforts from both sides, the score remained at 2-2.

Tony the Manager’s Lad of the Match was Elliot Tames who, despite feeling under the weather, hit the post in the first half and battled hard, supporting his teammates relentlessly, throughout the game; a real trouper.

Special mentions go to Iris Gjoni who overcame some family issues to play football of his usual standard. Dan Rapson, with the support of Christian Price-Wright, was totally solid in defence and this was commended by the manager and fellow players. Dan Chapman is the most reliable young man who should be complimented for his commitment to the team and his dependable performances in each and every game.

Team: Burkill, Cassin, Rice, Price-Wright, Rapson, Hanid, Russell, Gjoni, Fahey, Tames, Chapman, Hollands, Wright, Musto, Pallana and Knights.

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