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GLOBAL STROLL IN 2017 OPENER

2 on the bounce, 17 January 2017 21:00

14th January 2017, Oxhey ‘A’, Home (League) 

Global kicked off 2017 in impressive fashion with a five goal thumping of bottom of the table Oxhey ‘A’ in London Colney.

After nearly a month out of action, the home side were looking to blow away the cobwebs with a victory against a side languishing at the bottom of the table with only a solitary point to their name….secured against Global in one of the most one sided matches you’d ever seen. And Gaffer Gaines had plenty of options to call upon, including new signing George Pullen, who’d received international clearance to play following his move from Bristol.

After a minute’s silence in memory of George MiPeter…Graham Taylor the game kicked off. And Global looked up for this one as they got straight after their opponents, hassling and harrying them into conceding possession early on. Danny Hunter’s energy in the middle of the park was key in not allowing Oxhey to settle into any early rhythm.

With John Sheehan orchestrating the game in the middle of the park, Global were confidently probing their way into finding an early opening. Chris Palmer was working the channels well, and it was eventually his persistence which rewarded the home side with the opening goal. Palmer was released down the right hand side and cut his way into the Oxhey box. He pulled the ball back for Hunter, who arrived on queue to slot home his first Global goal and give the hosts a deserved lead. 1-0.

With Global being given acres of space to play some decent football by their opponents, one became two just minutes later as the home side unlocked Oxhey yet again. Jimmy Hounslow went on a mazy run, beating several Oxhey players before running into traffic inside the visitors’ area. He managed to roll the ball square to Rich Landry, who tucked his effort in off the goalkeeper’s near post to double the home side’s lead. 2-0.

Global could smell blood, and were unlucky not to have a third shortly after. Palmer found space on the right hand side and delivered a great cross which found the unmarked Landry at the far post. Rich’s control was excellent, but he could only drag his shot wide.

Palmer was the next man to go close as Global continued to run riot. Carl Fazekas found him in space with a great pass, which left Palmer bearing down on goal. The big boy in the Oxhey goal came charging out to make the save, forcing Palmer to lift his effort narrowly over the bar.

Global were chasing a third goal, and Oxhey were toiling as the home side continued to dominate proceedings. Gaffer Gaines was threatening to make changes, but was discouraged by a couple of teammates until the lead had been further extended in a bid to make sure Global’s flow wasn’t disturbed.

And they didn’t have to wait longer than about a minute until that decisive goal arrived. Landry and Palmer linked up well down the left hand side to get in behind the Oxhey defence. Palmer found space to deliver another terrific cross, which was met by the unmarked Sheehan to head back across goal and into the back of the net. A great goal. 3-0.

Shee’s strike allowed Ben to make his changes, much to the dismay of Hunter, who threw a wobbler as he stomped off to allow Ali Challans into the fray. Good to see.

Half-time arrived not long after, with Global completely in the ascendancy.

Half-time: Global FC 3 – 0 Oxhey ‘A’

The message at half-time was very much ‘more of the same’ as Global looked to ease through their first outing of 2017.

However, the start of the second half lacked the quality and flowing football of the first as Oxhey looked to add a bit of bite to their game. Arguably their best spell of the match came at this point, as they forced their first and only corner of the match, but the Global back line were comfortable in dealing with it, pretty much extinguishing their chances of any sort of fight back.

The hosts’ then had a spell where they created a number of half chances without causing too much danger. Palmer, Hunter and Hounslow all going close without adding to their already respectable goals tally.

As the game got further bogged down in the mud, Global eventually added goal number four to their tally. Good work down the flanks again saw a cross delivered into the Oxhey box which they struggled to clear. Hunter’s effort on goal was blocked, but Hugo Thomas was on hand to slam home his first goal of the season from close range. 4-0.

The home side were now out of sight and started to ease off the pedal as they started to go through the motions. All except Jon Ward who reminded the number 9 he was still in a game with a hefty challenge, and Oxhey’s number 3 who had found a niche into arriving late into every challenge.

With the clock ticking down, the icing on the cake was added in style by the excellent Sheehan. With Global piling forward on mass, Shee picked up a loose ball outside the Oxhey box. In a Messi-style he weaved his way through the defence before coolly lifting the ball over the advancing ‘keeper for number five and to throw in his contender for goal of the season. 5-0.

There was still time for Challans to be on the end of an atrocious and unwarranted knee high challenge from the special needs number 9, which pretty much ended Ali’s afternoon after a round of handbags, although another Oxhey player’s description of it being ‘slippery in these conditions’ was possibly the limpest excuse since Jimmy’s scab.

Amidst those shenanigans, Global were still piling forwards looking for goals, including Sheehan in search of his hat-trick and Wardy, who now fancied himself as an older, better hair styled David Luiz, pretty much leaving Si and Gregor as the only players within 80 yards of the Global goal and thinking about the joy only a rare clean sheet can bring.

Full time eventually arrived, and Global could celebrate a good win (and clean sheet) to start the New Year with. At times the football was excellent, and everyone in a white shirt had put a shift in. Stand out on the day was Danny Hunter, who once over his tantrum played superbly all afternoon.

Full-time: Global FC 5 – 0 Oxhey ‘A’

Man-of-the-match: Danny Hunter
 
Team: GK: Gregor Marshall, RB: Carl Fazekas, LB: Ben Gaines, CB: Jon Ward, CB: Rob Smith, CM: Simon Lucas (capt), CM: John Sheehan, CM: Danny Hunter, RM: James Hounslow, LM: Rich Landry, CF: Chris Palmer, SUBS: Ali Challans, Hugo Thomas, George Pullen