25th February 2017, Glenn Sports, Home (League)
Global retained their status of second worst team in the world with a narrow victory over Glenn Sports on Saturday.
Having been on the receiving end of a humping at Tring, and been beaten at Hemel after a really indifferent showing, a response was needed up against Watford’s pikiest. Glenn Sports arrived in London Colney above Global in the table, and confident of rolling their hosts’ over, despite being taken apart comprehensively by them twice last season.
With the home side prepped and drilled through one of Rob’s ‘special’ warm ups, the game kicked off. The tempo from the outset was fast as both sides looked to gain the upper hand, however it was Global who seemed to be edging it. The pressing was being led by the ever energetic Danny Hunter and Rory MacDonald, who were flying into challenges and upsetting the visitors’ rhythm. Danny in particular was making good friends with the ever charming Del, who was soon getting in the ref’s ear at every opportunity anytime anyone went near him.
Global’s good start created a couple of half chances and corners, but alas to no avail as Glenn Sports stood firm to the early pressure. However, you could sense a goal was in the offing and the home side were resolutely sticking to the task.
And the deserved opening soon arrived midway through the first half. Some decent link up play released Hunter away down the left hand side, his delivery found MacDonald at the near post. His effort was saved by the Glenn Sports ‘keeper, but Chris Palmer was on hand to slam the ball home for his first goal since early December. 1-0.
The home side were good value for their lead and continued to press forward. Palmer and Jimmy Hounslow both went close to doubling the advantage, but were kept at arm’s length by the Glenn defence.
All the home side’s good work was undone though when they fell foul to their arch nemesis…the dreaded ‘long ball’. Glenn launched one forward, and like a grenade it caused panic amongst the Global defence. The only person who didn’t panic was the Glenn Sports forward, who charged on to the bouncing ball before slotting past the stranded Dave Green. 1-1.
For all their hard work in drawing level, the visitors’ then did the classic switch straight off after scoring and allowed Global to almost instantly restore their lead. Hounslow made a break down the right hand side, before swinging in a great cross which found Palmer just inside the box. He struck a terrific rising effort into the top right hand corner of the Glenn net, and Global were back in front. 2-1.
Glenn Sports were riled, and were more interested in turning on each other than the match itself. This suited Global, and they continued to play some very decent football. John Sheehan went close to adding a third, while the defence remained largely untroubled for the remainder of the half.
And the whistle soon arrived to signal the end of a decent 45 minutes from the home side.
Half-time: Global FC 2 – 1 Glenn Sports
The message from the Gaffer at the interval was keep calm and carry on – after a string of poor recent results, it was vital that Global got something positive out of this one.
At this point, Gaffer Gaines took up the option to throw new signing Huw Kinsey into the mix for his Global debut. The Welsh (non) international arrived on a free transfer from Tom Jones FC during the winter break, with his immensely important FA clearance arriving before kick-off. Probably.
The whites other substitution was something a little out of leftfield, with Wardy popping up on the left flank at the start of the second half in place of Rory. Clearly his electrifying displays at training had caught the eye of the gaffer allowing him the role further forward he’s been longing for.
Global made an indifferent start to the second half as Glenn Sports looked to get themselves back into the game. Fortunately their front line is led by that fat lad who thinks he’s brilliant, but is in fact mainly useless, so the majority of their good approach work was being undone in the final third.
The challenges were also now flying in as they game rapidly descended into a war of attrition on the sticky surface. Hunter was in the thick of the action with his mate Del, and was generally making a nuisance of himself as he regularly does. The majority of the tastier challenges were going unpunished by the referee though.
So it came as a surprise when he gave Glenn Sports a way back into the game with possibly the softest penalty award you might ever see. Glenn’s spindly winger darted into the box side on with the chasing Carl Fazekas. Carlos went shoulder to shoulder, which saw the lanky streak of the piss take a theatrical tumble to the floor, and bizarrely the ref gave the spot kick. Despite Global’s protestations the decision stood, with Carl conceding the 54th penalty of his Global career.
The Glenn captain kept calm amid the chaos to step up and slot his side level. Hilariously, he then ran up to Greeny and shouted ‘BOOM’ at him as he was lying on the floor. All well and good when you’re winning comfortably fella. What. A . Weapon. 2-2.
With the clock counting down, Global started to turn the screw in search for victory, and the decisive goal came with just minutes remaining. After a sustained spell of pressure from the visitors’, the home side cleared their lines up to Simon Lucas in the middle of the park. He opened up the play with a fine pass to Hounslow in space on the right hand side. Jimmy drove forward before delivering a peach of a cross for Sheehan to head home. 3-2.
And that pretty much ended Glenn’s hopes of getting anything from the game as they started to point the finger at one another. The hosts’ saw the game out comfortably, with Kinsey marking a fine debut by making a shocking late challenge to stop a late breakaway.
So a welcome return to form for Global after a difficult few weeks, and a decent all round display to grab three vital points. Next up is the trip to Watford to face today’s opponents again, and see if the whites can take home a cup style aggregate win.
Full-time: Global FC 3 – 2 Glenn Sports
Man-of-the-match: Huw Kinsey
Team: GK: Dave Green, RB: Carl Fazekas, LB: Ben Gaines, CB: Tom Jackson, CB: Rob Smith, CM: Simon Lucas (capt), CM: John Sheehan, CM: Danny Hunter, LM: Rory MacDonald, RM: James Hounslow, CF: Chris Palmer, SUBS: Huw Kinsey, Jonathan Ward