Callum hat-trick sinks Chinnor
By Iain Willcocks
Last match of the season...unbeaten in 5 !
Dynamos 6-1 Chinnor
Team: Edward, Jay; Luca, George, Max; Harry, Conor, Charlie, Kai, Dorian, Aiden; Callum
So, our last ever 9-a-side match and the weather came out to shine on the team, hopefully the team would shine too. Unfortunately Dynamos were off to a bad start...not only was Ellis injured and unavailable, Owen then got a groin injury in the warm up and was not fit to play either. Two of our main goalscorers of late were absent...!
Mike decided to go with Callum and Harry in more forward positions to see if that would work. The first few minutes were a scrappy affair with both teams not really creating any clear chances. Edward was then called upon in the 5th minute to clear his lines when the attacker was through.
Dynamos started to get into their stride and first to have a strike was Harry from a Max run through the middle. Keeper was equal to it. Max himself then had a chance but his shot went over the bar.
12 minutes and although the match wasn't the best, both teams were carving out some opportunities. First Luca made an important block from a shot and then moments later, Aiden crossed and Callum hit his shot wide of the mark.
Quarter of an hour gone and another long range effort was saved by the impressive Edward and then moments later George stepped in and cleared his lines just in the nick of time to thwart an attack.
The first goal was going to be important and it came on 23 minutes. Kai had come on and within minutes was causing issues for Chinnor. A ball out from George was controlled by Kai, he ran down the right and crossed to find Harry in the middle. Quality finish from Harry and a celebration to match...no doubt some "Fortnite" dance...!? 1-0 Dynamos.
With a few minutes left of the first half, Conor won the ball and found Charlie free in the middle, he side stepped a challenge and hit a shot which was well blocked and Dorian fired in the re-bound but again it was blocked.
Half time 1-0 Dynamos.
Mike praised the lads for the effort so far but likened the match to a chess game. The midfield battle was key and Mike demanded even more effort in their last match.
After the break, the match was a totally different game. Charlie really started to control the midfield and spray the ball around. Dorian was giving his all in support. Harry was a menace all match and Callum was full of running, as usual.
Charlie released Kai down the right wing and he beat two players and hit a super shot which the keeper luckily saved, the ball came out to Callum who smashed home the ball to make it 2-0.
Chinnor then decided to join the party and managed to finally break the off-side trap and beat Edward from close range. 2-1 Dynamos and we were in a match.
Straight from the kick off Chinnor stole the ball and moved forward, this time Max was on hand to clear up. George was also on hand to stop another attack as Chinnor went for the equaliser. No sooner had these attacks died down, it was back to Dynamos.
This time it was a great team goal...firstly Luca crunched into a challenge and came out with the ball. He calmly played in Conor on the right side, his ball in turn put Callum through on goal and he stormed into the box, he then squared the ball to Harry who doesn't miss a chance like that and beat the keeper with ease. 3-1 Dynamos....and although we didn't know at the time....game over !
Chinnor's heads had now dropped and Dynamos sensed it and went for the kill...and my word they got it.
45 minutes in and Charlie was again providing the bite in the middle, he again won the ball and played to Conor, he looked up and threaded the ball through to Callum who was only too happy to run through and beat the keeper. 4-1 Dynamos and they were in control.
Next up Aiden battled down the left and won a corner...Charlie stepped up and swung the ball into the box...all Dynamos players missed it...all Chinnor players missed it....Chinnor's keeper missed it.....GOAL !!!! Charlie scored from a corner. 5-1 Dynamos. Yes Charlie...I am sure you did mean it...!
Harry then had a chance for his hat-trick when a ball was bobbling around and he expertly lobbed over the keeper, but unfortunately over the bar too...close...but no cigar (for John).
In the final 5 minutes Dynamos created more chances for Max and Dorian who both were unlucky not to score. There was one more goal left in the tank...and it was another goal with an assist for Conor. This time Dorian shot and it came to Conor, he passed to Callum who was lurking in the box again and he gladly accepted the pass and beat the keeper. Final score 6-1 Dynamos.
So we end with another victory and a brilliant campaign from all. There were a number of good performances again today and all the lads can feel proud of their part in the scoreline, Kai was unlucky not to score and still set up 2 goals with some great running back to help out defensively. Harry was back to his goalscoring self with two great goals and unlucky not to get a hat-trick. Max was commanding in defence and midfield all match. Conor had a great game having a hand in three of the goals. Charlie was immense in the middle, great end to the season...still don't think you meant the corner...! There were two outstanding performances...Callum with his hat-trick...kept running and looking back to his awesome best and of course...Edward between the sticks with a number of simply stunning saves...simply simply lovely !