Windsor Gardens 5 Le Glamour 1 (Greenacres Reserve 19/9/2015):
The final round of the Collegiate Soccer Season saw the unofficial league champions travel to Greenacres to take on the newly crowned League Champions Windsor Gardens.
With second spot safely tucked away Le Glamour had little to play for or did they. ‘Hot Fuzz’ dangled the carrot to the boys in White ‘Turn a very good season into a great one. Become the first team to beat Windsor.’
With defensive stalwart and assistant coach Jack O Stevens finally broken after a stellar season, Kevin Bock returned to the starting XI to partner one half of the Smith Brothers at centre back. That was the only change to what has become a regular settled side this season.
At least six fans had made the long trip (Smith family from Kuala Lumpa) to watch Le Glamour. With eskies in tow and clear blue skies the day almost had a carnival feel to it. Bill Hill even broke the conditions of his football banning order to put in an appearance.
The first twenty minutes of the game saw Le Glamour in the ascendency. ‘Hot Fuzz’ had outlined a game plan and the boys stuck to it well. Possession of the ball was key, as was movement and discipline. The ball was knocked around the Reserve with confidence and both wide players were posing problems for the Windsor full backs.
Chances were fashioned but often ended up just wide of the target or over the bar. Finally Le Glamour found their range and accuracy. Sadly they also found a keeper in top form as save after save was pulled off to keep the score at 0 – 0.
Then came the sucker punch. Windsor broke from the back and tore Le Glamour to pieces to grab the opening goal of the game. 1 – 0 and not really deserved.
Matthew Bate succumbed to a back injury (allegedly from carrying the Whites all season) which saw Mustafa Momin (fresh from B game) partnering Leandro Lopez Digon (fucked back from carrying Matt Bate all season) in midfield.
Le Glamour then shot themselves in the foot by gifting Windsor a second from the penalty spot. We, as a team, really need to show more discipline and not go to ground in the tackle or ‘dive in’ against experienced heads. The results are costly.
Two then became three as Le Glamour made a hash of clearing a corner and gifted the ball back to Windsor.
Half-Time (Windsor 3 Whites 0).
Despite the score line Le Glamour were confident of snatching something from the game. Rousing words from Harry Smith that ended in ‘Big 45 boys then we can get pissed and shit ourselves’ lifted the boys moral.
For fifteen minutes Le Glamour hammered Windsor. The intensity of the passing and defensive press was excellent and Windsor could not get out their half. The ball retention was superb and as was their keeper. Chance after chance was saved before (finally) Damian Holoubek found the bottom right hand corner following a well worked move which started with our keeper.
3 – 1 confidence sky high, Windsor struggling in the heat and with the pace of Le Glamour. Step forward ‘Gido’ the referee. Standing some fifty yards away from the alleged incident and with a crowd of players stood in his way the referee saw fit to award a penalty. Even Windsor were baffled but happily accepted the gift.
4 – 1 then became five as Campbell Hopgood (on for Bockie) produced pass of the season to wrong foot Harry Smith and send the Windsor striker through on goal.
The final whistle saw Windsor run out 5 – 1 winners which was not a true reflection of the score.
Best On Ground (Coaches Votes):
The Whole C Team Squad (Season 2015)
Its not nice losing but this defeat will not take the shine off what has been a fantastic season for Le Glamour. Each and every player has contributed this sesson to this success with C Team records being broken as the season went on.
To Melissa Bock, the players, Elly Pfitzner for allowing Liam Mulligan to play and Jack O Stevens thank you all for your efforts, hard work and input. Its been tough at times but also thoroughly enjoyable.