Sunday, July 05, 2015

Match Report: Loko vs FC Junction

Pre-season friendly
Sun 5 July 2015
Loko 7 vs FC Junction 2


Today's opponents were Central London Super Sunday League and Cup winners last season so the Loko were looking forward to this game with trepidation.

As many of the Loko regulars were unavailable, Roger summoned four players from his Saturday team so the team had a rather different look to it.

In the early stages of the game, it was clear that FC Junction were going to struggle against Loko who were passing the ball on the floor with determination and accuracy. Yet with only Olie upfront and gaps in our defensive midfield, Loko were always open to counterattacks. With Ivan still carrying a hamstring injury from the tournament and struggling for pace, captain Matt's decision to play Scott in central defence was an inspired decision as the ex Farnborough semi pro and all-rounder was sensational at the back and nipping all signs of danger in the bud with Hayden's excellent support in an unusual right back role.

Against the run of play, FC Junction scored when Dave's mate Rob took a shot from just outside our box and beat Ismail at the near post on 17 minutes.

Loko 0 vs FC Junction 1 

Six minutes later, following a foul on the edge of their box, Matt chipped the ball over their wall and hit the crossbar only for SCOTT to follow up and score with a header.

Loko 1 vs FC Junction 1 

This was followed 7 minutes later by a through ball by midfielder Rowan who found OLIE, who beat the offside trap and scored at the near post from 15 yards out.  

Loko 2 vs FC Junction 1  

It was now all Loko and FC Junction found it hard to contain us - and it fell to Olie to wriggle past two defenders down the left wing and cross for DAVE who gave us more breathing space by tucking the ball in at the far post.

Loko 3 vs FC Junction 1   

Was this now going to turn into a daytime massacre? Not quite as FC Junction pulled one back when a  freekick from the right curled into our goal and flew over Ismail and Scott who misread each other's intention as the ball nestled in the roof of our net.

Half time: Loko 3 vs FC Junction 2

The second half was all Loko as the combination of our intricate game, accurate passing and substitutions resulted in us completely dominating the game despite the odd incursion often masterminded by their number 18, easily their best player.

On 52 minutes, ROB - who was now playing for the right team! - capitalised on yet another accurate pass from Rowan in the heart of their defence, went round their statuesque defenders and crucified their keeper at the near post from 8 yards out.

Loko 4 vs FC Junction 2  

On 60 minutes, OLIE, again, outpaced their defenders and scored at the near post from 15 yards out.  

Loko 5 vs FC Junction 2  

ROB scored the 6th with a header before OLIE completed his hat trick by outfoxing their defenders, running across the box and rifling a hard shot from a tight angle into the far corner.

inal score: Loko 5 vs FC Junction 2  

All in all, this was a very satisfying performance. Solid game by most of the regular Loko boys, excellent contribution from future signing Rob and Roger's South-East London gang Rowan, Scott, Dave and Rodney.   

Man of the Match: The award this week will have to be shared amongst 3 players: Olie (hat trick), Rob (lethal in front of the goal with  - and against - Loko) and Scott for his all round play.

Line-up: Ismail - Hayden, Scott, Ivan, Stefano - Rowan, Roger, Matt, Beni, Dave F - Olie 
Various substitutions: Rodney, Dave, Rob    


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