Penn & Tylers Green Dev vs VWFC
15/09/2018 Penn & Tylers Green Dev 3-0 Virginia Water Dev
Hellenic Division Two East
Report by Pete Stevens
Goalkeeper Dan Roach
Virginia Water's Development were against Penn & Tyler Green's Development, on a lovely pitch with very good facilities, who seem to always field very strong teams, so a difficult match was expected for the away side. The first half started lively with both teams seemingly up for the challenge.
Penn though, started to get the ball into more dangerous areas and were getting early corners and set pieces around the penalty box. It seemed inevitable the first goal would come quite soon and did with a free kick just outside the area, with the wall in place, it could be argued that goalkeeper Dan Roach was maybe slightly out of position, but Penn's number 10 accurately guided the ball into the top right hand corner to make it 1-0. Waters' heads seemed to be down a little after this and found it difficult to match the home side's physical aspect of the game, who who were getting the aid of the referee with the majority of the decisions. The home side's second goal came from a ball sent into the box. Penn's central midfielder was in front of Roach and causing an obstruction but unfortunately the referee didn’t see it that way and the ball was slotted in for their second goal after 25 mins.
Penn's confidence grew but still seemed to get away with fouls and misdemeanours when the same challenges applied by the away team were punished. The third and final goal came when Waters' Robbie Greenwood on the wing was shoved off the ball - a free kick seemed the obvious decision, but play was able to be allowed on and led to Penn creating the chance that made it 3-0.
To their credit, Waters didn’t give up and showed good character getting back in the game and creating some chances. Harrison Duff thought he had pulled a goal back for Waters, getting on the ball after good build up play, and lifting it over the goalkeeper's head and into the back of the net. However, due to a hole in the net, clearly unchecked by the referee, the ball ran through this and behind goal. Amazingly though, the referee despite everyone else seeing the goal, didn’t give it and gave a corner instead. This left the Waters management bemused and Penn's management laughing and summed up the first half with the odd decisions.
The second half started and Waters started brightly, getting good early possession and were prepared not to give up - under instruction from the management to go out and win the second half. That they did with possession of the ball but were unfortunately unable to convert any chances and failed to score any goals. On a positive note the match could and should have ended 1-1 and there was good performances from Waters' young 17 year old right and left backs. Good fighting spirit was showed throughout the second half including the substitutes coming on, this against a very experienced and physical Penn and Tyler's team, and of course the referee. Waters will be hoping for better officiating in their next match!
Luke van Spall