The Legends were looking to build on their narrow penalty shootout loss against a far superior team, and this week it looked like they would also have enough players to help. The Barnstonworth team were top heavy with a strong attacking threat while vulnerable at the back, so it would be a question of whether the Legends could score enough to make it a contest. Initially there were some nice patches of play but the final ball continued to elude them. The closest chance in the first few minutes was an errant pass by Rosenbloom that almost bizarrely ended up in the far corner, agonizingly inches away. Meanwhile the Legends back four were able to stymie the attacking threat, but finally they were breached. A superb turn on the line resulted in a cross that was skillfully turned in to give the Rovers the lead. With only a few minutes to the half a second goal came in quickly to put Barnstonworth in control.
The strategy had to be clear given the respective league positions, with the Legends moving towards a 4-3-3 and trying to get Swinkels more involved. The gambling on putting pressure resulted in winning some balls deep but not enough clear chances, with only one or two long distance shots attempted. Meanwhile another nice piece of skill up top saw the opposition take an unassailable 3-0 lead. Finally Swinkels was able to slide Mckeown in for a consolation goal, but they could not quite get that second goal that could turn the pressure on. Faherty’s bull in a china shop routine up top did unsettle the defence and caused a mistake that the Legends just could not capitalize on, the accidental nutmeg summarizing the day.
Although the Legends seem to be returning to health, so far it has been a disappointing spring and the hope is that they can perform creditably in the last 3 games and build the foundation for a strong season next year.
Competition: Barnstonworth Rovers Veterans, League Opposition
Location: Randall’s Island #72, Randall’s Island
Conditions: Lovely spring morning
Result: 1-3 HT: 0-2
Goals: 1:3 Mckeown Assist Swinkels
Yellow Cards: N/A
Red Cards: N/A
Mike D’s aka No Shows: Tony Vamvouris neglected to update the evite regarding his injury, although fortunately we had added Ronnie Swinkels from the day before.
Conboy’s aka Reverse Mike D’s: For once, a decent sized squad meant we weren’t struggling to get enough players out.
”Mr. Glass” Fragility/Old Man Injury Award: Tom Pattinson tried to give the leg a run out, hopefully it will be better the next week.
Old Man of the Match: Despite the 3-1 reverse there were good performances all over the field. Teesdale in the unsung hero role as the defensive midfielder while the defenders did what they could against one of the quicker, talented attacks they will see. In the end it was Ronnie Swinkels playing as attacking midfield who was all over the field and unlocked the defence for the sole goal from Mckeown.
Old Man of the Bar: The 8am start meant it was the first test of Mad River sponsor bar availability, one which they passed with flying colours. The shot total will definitely need to be toned down in the future but in the meantime Venkataraman hit double figures including some rather large shot pours to cover up the pain of the Liverpool loss.
El Presidente (Old Men who don’t make it to game but come to the bar): None.
Statistic of the week: Mckeown continuing to push the lifetime statistics up, now tied for second all time goals at 18 with Venkataraman.
Team Bar Showing: 3 out of 16 (19%)
Team Bar Night: 2.5 out of 5. Only Tier 1 showed up, but there was decent longevity especially with the Grays and Edmunds showing up after the derby.
Team (No new profiles this week): Telly Vamvouris (GK), Mark Resnik (DF), Franco Denari (DF), Luciano Belizan (DF), Eduardo Mazzi (DF), Steve Roberts (DF), Pete Hahn (DF), Andrew Faherty, Steve Teesdale, Manohar Venkataraman, Ronnie Swinkels, Simon Mckeown, Manuel Casanova, John Hodges, Bevan Rosenbloom, Tom Pattinson