Spectators needn’t have worried about keeping their hands warm on a cold winter’s morning as they were clapping from minute one to the last with the Junior Hoops u7 Saints playing some electric pass and move football this Saturday in the early kick off slot at the Leisure Box.
The tone was set from the off with Matthew contining his rich vein of form. After a strong tackle from the returning Oscar, Matthew broke from midfield with a little under 60 seconds on the clock. He strode past the last defender before unleashing a net busting shot into the top right hand corner. The fast pace didn’t relent and within minutes Seb doubled the led assisted by Leighton.
Two soon became three as Teddy showed quick thinking after winning a throw on the left hand side and taking it early to release Matthew for his second of the game. That was to become the first of Teddy’s five assists across the game as the Saints motored through gears.
Delightful interchange between Matthew and Teddy saw the latter play a cute through ball to Oakley who finished with panache for the forth Saints goal. Matthew and Teddy linked up again before Teddy was fouled two yards outside the area. With the ball in prime time Oakley territory, the Saints midfield general stepped up and calmed himself in a Ronaldo-esque manner before unleashing a beast of a left footed shot that gave the keeper no chance.
Seb completed his hat trick either side of a strike for Wilpshire, his third goal competing with Oakley and Matthew for the most powerful strike of the day. Freed down the left by Teddy, Seb cut in and with minimal back lift let fly from 10 yards out.
A penalty from Oakley preceeded the moment of the game that had both sets of parents stop and acknowledge a skill level beyond their years from the boys in green and white.
Oakley now in goals played an early ball out to the right where Matthew was in space. He played a quick pass to Leighton who took the ball on the half turn and played it Teddy on the left handside. After beating his marker with the Messi dip, Teddy played the ball through the defender’s legs to Seb who was in space 15 yards from goal. Without break his stride Seb took the ball on and curled home from the edge of the area – total football!
Never one to miss out on the goal action Leighton scored after a neat cross into bandit country before Teddy slotted home to get his first of the game. Wilpshire fought back with a goal of their own before Seb scored again.
With less than thirty seconds on the clock remaining Teddy was fouled on the half way line. Rather than seek out the options in the box he foxed the keeper by shooting from distance to cap off a five star performance from the Saints.
C’mon the Hoops!