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Match Report: Greenwich 1s vs Islanders 2s (18th March 2018)

Greenwich Men’s 1s 3-0 Islanders 2s

The Greenwich Men’s 1s launched their spring season with an at times tentative, but in the end convincing performance to beat the Islanders 2s.

Welcoming a new contingent of talent from Belgium in Ian Reekmans and Julien de Waal, the squad flirted dangerously with an average age of below 30 and started the game with intent, setting up camp in the opposition’s half for the majority of the first half. Despite dominating possession, the team suffered from a longstanding issue – that being a consistent failure to convert short corners. Credit however due to the team for remaining patient, failing to be flustered and that eventually paid off midway through the second half when Randy Christie drove towards goal, only to be upended as he attempted to get a shot off. A penalty flick was eventually awarded with last year’s player of the season Andrew Gilmer calmly sending the keeper the wrong way. With a lead established, the team settled into more of a rhythm. The onslaught of short corners eventually paid dividends with Symo Symington’s blistering strike from the top of the ‘D’ smashing into the bottom right hand corner of the backboard. The best however was saved until last with a super sexy pattern of play seeing Anjalo Suren slotting in William Shaw who showed composure to fire home. Champagne hockey.

A solid opening display in trying conditions which the team will look to build upon as they go up against potentially trickier opposition in ECHP next. Great credit and thanks due to Christina Congdon who filled in as keeper, earning a clean sheet in what was a flawless and relatively uneventful display.

“Player of the Day”: Anjalo Suren – proving a constant menace up top with some impressive ball skills and an ever improving work rate.

D of the D: The Men’s 1s entire attacking short corner routine – converting one of what must have been at least 10 short corners. Room for improvement.

Written by: Will Jones