Sunday, December 04, 2011

Match report - Kensington Athletic vs Loko

Sunday 4th December 2011
Sportsman's League, Division 4

Kensington Athletic 0 v Lokomotiv Londres FC 5

Athletic demolition sends Loko 2nd

Kensington Athletic were soundly beaten 7-1 by Loko in the cup just over a month ago. Revenge was undoubtedly on their minds, hence a few new faces on their team including a Fabrizio Ravanelli doppelganger in goal in place of their previous blundering keeper and a very composed and skilful 45-year old centre back who used to play with Les Ferdinand at QPR in the eighties.

Yet, once again, Loko were first out of the starting blocks. On 4 minutes, Terry wriggled past his marker down the left and despatched a perfect cross for RENATO to nod into the empty goal from one yard out.

Kensington Athletic 0 – Loko 1.

From then on, it was one-way traffic with Loko playing the beautiful game to perfection despite a greasy pitch. Kensington Athletic were playing better than a month ago though and were occasionally threatening our goal. From a corner from the left, their number 10 smashed the ball from 8 yards out but Ivan was closely guarding the front post and kneed the ball out of the way. Yet, danger was still in sight but Junior sprang like a squirrel and saved a close-range shot that looked like a sure equaliser.

On 23 minutes, with Athletic defending heroically in their goalmouth, RENATO strode forward, nicked the ball as if by magic, twisted and turned past 3 bewildered players and drilled the ball into the net from an impossible angle to the delight of the scout videoing from the touchline. Rumour now has it that Renato might be on his way to the Swedish first division….

What followed was yet another wave of Loko attacks. Dave J, who was venturing forward more and more frequently, dribbled past three players all the way to the Kensington byline and his cross was only deflected at the last minute. Then, from a corner, Ed volleyed beaufifully from the edge of the box yet his clean and powerful strike was saved by their keeper. Five minutes later, Imants took his chance from twenty five yards out and his low shot came within five inches of their goal.

On 35 minutes, Gavyn, who was making his presence felt across the middle of the park headed an Athletic goalkick back towards their goal and into the path of IMANTS who scampered down the channel, rounded their keeper and scored Loko’s number 3 from a narrow angle.

Half-time: Kensington Athletic 0 – Loko 3

With 49 minutes on the clock, an exchange between Imants and Renato ended up with TERRY on the right outpacing their left back and placing an accurate shot past the Athletic keeper for number 4.

Was it tiredness? Was it a feeling of mission accomplished? Whatever, it was, it must have come as a surprise to all and sundry for Loko were now suffering at the hands of a very lively Athletic. Their attacks had more zip than ever before and they almost reduced the deficit when a long cross from the left was parried but then dropped by Junior dangerously close to the goal line only for Terry to clear from behind our keeper.

5 minutes later, Chris (pictured above) misjudged the direction of the ball out on the left and was taken over by their forward only for Junior to save in style. The crossbar also came to Junior’s rescue from a long shot a few minutes later. Remission was close at hand though.

On 68 minutes, Renato drove a hard shot from the left edge of their box but it got blocked by their central defender. The ball wasn’t cleared properly though and ALEJANDRO, who was lurking in the 6-yard box, enjoyed the easiest of tap-ins from one yard out.

Despite their comfortable lead, Loko kept playing as if their lives depended on it. Ed and Gavyn in particular were as passionate and physical as ever but it was definitely mission accomplished, namely yet another great result and second place in the league.

Club Secretary Ivan Rahal said:  “With a squad like this, we can give any team a run for their money. We’ve only got one game left to play this calendar year (on 18th December) so let’s make it a perfect midseason post-match celebration with the first round of drinks on the club! “

Man of the Match: TERRY – one great goal, one assist, one goal line clearance and plenty of effort throughout. Special mention to Junior, Dave J, Gavyn, Imants and Renato.

Team Line-Up:
Dave J
Ivan (then Stefano, 45 mns)
Imants (then Alejandro, 60 mns)
Dave K

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