Year 11 Football V Kirkbie Kendal (English Schools Cup)
Match Report by Mr Brench
Thurs 29th September - Home Match
A Deserved win!!
These two teams have played each other twice in previous years with OLCC winning convincingly two years ago and KK winning last year, so this was always going to be a close game.
Initial attacks from both teams came to very little in the opening ten minutes but then Kirkbie scored a breakaway goal to take the lead. Soon after a long range shot from Kirkbie was parried by Brandon Orris in goal only to be slotted home to give them a two goal lead. This seemed to be the wake-up call that we needed as there was a noticeable change in our determination to make a mark on the game. Nathan Kernik began to get hold of the ball and looked dangerous on runs into the Kirkbie half. Continued pressure eventually saw a breakthrough with Callum Scully blasting the ball into the back of the net. After a number of further attacks Callum doubled his tally with another well taken finish to level the score at 2-2 just before half time.
The wind appeared to have played a part in the first half which made it look like the second half was going to be a bit of a battle. Spirits were soon sky high as Viktor Minkov finished a good move that put us ahead early on in the second half. For large parts of the second half we managed to repel Kirkbie’s attacks as the defence improved its organisation and marking, although we were making it difficult for ourselves by not clearly the ball effectively enough. Eventually however the pressure told and Kirkbie snatched an equaliser with 5 mins to go. That said the team spirit didn’t falter and after a quick break Viktor managed to juggle the ball and get into his stride before laying the ball off to Tom Varey who put the ball in the back of the net with 30 seconds to go!
Final Score - OLCC 4 Kirkbie Kendal 3
Overall it was a gritty performance from all, particularly Simon Cody and Louis Thurlwell who made some crunching tackles in midfield to halt the Kirkbie attacks. The defence looked more assured with new captain Lewis Brittain communicating well.
Team Performance 8.5/10
Callum Scully 2, Viktor Minkov 1, Tom Varey
Man of the Match
Callum Scully – Two well taken goals at a crucial time in the match kept us in it and reminded everyone to have some self-belief.