Monday 5-a-side Winter League Week 1 Report
Grad Lads (2) 7 – 4 (4) Class on Grass
Finishing a respectable mid-table last season, Class on Grass league debutantes faced Grad Lads in their opening game. In a quirk of the schedule, Class had actually beaten Grad Lads 4-0 in a friendly the week before, so it was no surprise when they opened the scoring, and built a three-goal before Grad Lads managed to pull one back before the break to trail four-two.
Although in the lead, Class had lost two games last season that they were winning at half time, so needed to remain focused to avoid a repeat.
As the second half got underway, it soon became the stuff of nightmares for Class as league newcomers Grad Lads turned their two-goal deficit into a three-goal lead. Dan bagged a hat-trick for Grad Lads as they shut-up shop to keep a second half clean sheet. Class on Grass will be disappointed after a strong first half, but credit to Grad Lads who start their debut season with a big three-points.
AK All Stars (0) 4 – 5 (4) Kimbo Slice
FNF 7 (10) 19 – 7 (3) Real Tangiers
Summer league runners-up FNF7 were just three goals shy of taking the Monday Night title, so they knew this Winter campaign has to be all about goals, goals, and more goals. Also hoping to land their first title after coming in a respectable fourth last season, was Real Tangiers.
FNF stormed into a four-nil lead before an exchange of goals with Real playing good football. However, this didn’t deter the goal-hungry FNF who were peppering the Real goal to lead 10-3 at the break.
FNF could have rested on their laurels, sat back and protected their seven goal cushion, but this wasn’t on the agenda. Perhaps as the feelings of disappointment from losing the league on goal difference were still raw, the team went all-out and put on a masterclass of finishing. Real played quality football themselves in the second half and bagged four goals, with Will D enjoying a hat-trick. This wasn’t enough though as FNF were on a rampage and slotted home nine times in the second half, with all outfield players on the score sheet. Last season’s Player of the Season and Golden Boot winner Billy claimed nine on the night.
Monday 5's League
- Qualified Refs
- 40 Minute Games
- Rolling Subs