ESPZEN Midweek Football League Season 23
2019-Mar-13 09:00 PM
The Cage Sports Park Pitch 2

Purple Monkeys Midweek Football Club 6 vs 3 Home Hunt Football Club




The match was a lot closer than the FT 6-3 score line suggests.  In classic PMFC mode, we started off quite casually and found ourselves going behind within the first 5min.  We immediately responded when Mike (A2A) passed to Moan on the left who after noticing Ivans run from deep, played a delightful pin-point diagonal ball into space behind the defenders.  In full sprint Ivan controlled the ball with a delicate first touch and then proceeded to calmly lob the onrushing keeper.  Surely a goal of the season contender.  Unfortunately instead of capitalising on the equaliser we decided to implode once again gifting HH their second of the night.  As generous as we were defensively, the pendulum was swinging the other way for us in midfield and up front.  A few good moves and chances were created before Sai (A2A) passed to Phil The Power Dunne who released a clever ball for Joe2 up front.  Skipping past the defenders challenge, Joe2 was left with an easy one-on-one with the keeper and coolly slotted into the bottom corner making it 2-2 for HT.      PMFC started the second half where we left off in first, taking the game to HH and after Mark Moans pinging corner, Marko headed past the helpless HH keeper for 3-2.  With Moan on two assists, Phil Dunne stepped up and also claimed his second assist of the night after his deep cross from the corner was met with Ivan’s first-time sidefooted volley into the net.  4-2 and cruising - or so we thought.  A quick counter resulted in a penalty for HH which they converted and made the last 10min an exciting affair for the neutrals in attendance.  For a few minutes we were touching cloth, but thankfully defending corners wasn’t HH’s strongest attribute and Jono’s drifting corner was met with a  Joe2 header for 5-3.  Joe2 got his third of the night and first hattrick shortly after Burks’ calmly waited pass released him once again one-on-one which he couldn’t miss to seal the win.   It took us a while to get going, but once we did we were unstoppable.  MOM was a tough call with Felipe in defence and Burks in midfield being outstanding.  However 3 goal hero and probably sign of the century Joe2 gets the nod this week for his ruthlessness up front, unselfishness when needed and the team-talk at half time.  Good luck HH for the rest of the season and I see you taking points off the top 3 teams… 

An early rematch with PMFC and another makeshift team with another 4 new faces into the fold to get a squad assembled. HHFC started the brighter and had a couple of chances before Dickson intercepted and rounded the keeper to give us the lead. PMFC responded with a quick equaliser before Xav marked his debut with a sublime finish to restore the lead. PMFC then cut us open again to restore parity at the break. Second half and a couple of goals conceded from corners (the first a cracker, the second poor from our side) gave PMFC the edge. HHFC continued working and when Gum was fouled in the box, Dickson dispatched to give us a chance to get something out of the game. As HHFC pushed on a counter from PM saw them score a fifth from a corner. Gum then saw red for a second yellow and as we pressed a late one-on-one saw the scoreline finish at 6-3. Well played PM - your movement off the cuased us a lot of problems and if you continue like this you will be in the mix towards the end of the season. Good luck with rthe run-in. HH - a great effort lads with players playing out of position and players playing together for the first time. Some nice football played and chances created. We will get better with regular turn outs and a better understanding between players. Good performances on the night from quite a few of the players but Mark nicks it for a solid performance in two positions. Let's try and get some points next week lads!


Purple Monkeys Midweek Football Club 's Man of The Match
Name Joe Wright
Position Striker
Purple Monkeys Midweek Football Club 's Red Card

No Red Card Awarded



Purple Monkeys Midweek Football Club 's Scorers
Scorer: Ivan Avramovic
Position: Midfield - Left
Time of Goal: 10
Assisted by: Mark Moan
Scorer: Joe Wright
Position: Striker
Time of Goal: 22
Assisted by: Philip Dunne
Scorer: Marko Popovic
Position: Striker
Time of Goal: 50
Assisted by: Mark Moan
Scorer: Ivan Avramovic
Position: Midfield - Left
Time of Goal: 65
Assisted by: Philip Dunne
Scorer: Joe Wright
Position: Striker
Time of Goal: 70
Assisted by: Jonathan Gerard
Scorer: Joe Wright
Position: Striker
Time of Goal: 75
Assisted by: Sam Burks
Home Hunt Football Club 's Man of The Match
Name Mark Garner
Position Midfield - Left
Home Hunt Football Club 's Red Card
Photos Name Position Minutes
Gum Utility Player 70
Home Hunt Football Club 's Goal Scorers
Scorer: Itimi Dickson
Position: Striker
Time of Goal: 10 mins
Assisted By: No Assist
Scorer: Xavier Simpson
Position: Utility Player
Time of Goal: 25 mins
Assisted By: No Assist
Scorer: Itimi Dickson
Position: Striker
Time of Goal: 60 mins
Assisted By: No Assist





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