CLM vs Holy Trinity Match Report
A Sunny Saturday morning greeted both teams as CLM entertained Holy Trinity in there first cup game of the 18/19 season. The game would be played at CLMs home fortress (Caludon Castle).
Early signs were good, as both teams looked relaxed in their warm ups, as did the referee who was looking particularly fresh, having just returned from a summer cruise!
The opening 15-20 minutes of the game proved to be a cagey affair, with Holy Trinity’s number 8 giving an early indication of what could be on the cards, playing some lovely weighted passes. However CLM were matching pass for pass & a quick through ball by Ian to Dan required the Trinity GK to come racing out to smother at the number 9’s feet.
Clear cut chances were few and far between. The best of which came when Captain Kieran’s free kick from the Trinity left, was fired straight into the arms of the Trinity GK.
CLM winger Bola was proving a good outlet & showed why he may be one to watch this season as he perfectly plucked a high ball out of the air as CLM continued to press forward.
The midfield battle was still instense, CLM looking for the wide men & Trinity’s magical number 8 dictating play in the middle of the park. It wasn’t long before Trinity surged forward & just as they looked to shoot, a sliding tackle from a covering CLM defender took the ball away to safety – resulting in the first corner of the game, of which Trinity might look back on & feel they should have scored – a free header put over from 6yds, a warning to CLM that they would have to up their game.
Shortly after, Trinity’s number 8 who was again at the centre of all their good play, slotted a delightful through ball over the top, which required the ever young Rich, to come rushing out to sweep & clear the danger.
This seemed to kick CLM into gear, a ball down the line found the dangerous looking Bola, who unfortunately sent his shot high & wide from a tight angle.
It wasn’t long before Trinity responded with a chance of their own, the tricky number 8 weaving his magic once more to beat two CLM defenders before shooting wide.
It was a miss that would prove costly, as CLMs Dan held the ball up well & laid it back to Shaun on the Trinity left, who played it into the middle of the penalty area where the muscle bound Bola, deftly cut in from the right to beat his marker to the ball and calmly slot in from 6yds past the stationery Trinity GK.
CLM’s Dan and Shaun continued to cause the Trinity back-line problems with their hold up play & pace, however it was clear Trinity’s Captain was clearly up for the battle, enjoying a close matched contest with Dan, which was turning into quite the sub-plot of the first half, a first half that was to end with another chance for Trinity from the boot of their number 8, as he continued to be a thorn in CLMs side. This time gliding past a defender on the left of the box to send an effort wide of the far post, ensuring the teams went into the half-time huddles with the score CLM 1 – 0 Holy Trinity.
The second half got under way after a rallying call from CLM management at half time, exalting the team to continue to do the same as the first half & to not fall off the pace!
However, the words didn’t seem to sink in straight away…..CLM were caught napping from the restart as Trinity’s number 8 cut through from the right hand side to the edge of the penalty box where he opted to fire across goal and wide of the far post. A let off. Once more a warning for CLM.
A response was needed. Shortly afterwards Matt played a lovely free kick in from the Trinity left which saw Ian, scorer of two fine headed goals last week, place his free header just past the post. Would it be a chance CLM would regret not taking…..
CLM were starting to command the midfield & brilliant play from Captain, Hero, Shower Cap wearing Kieran, stepping out from the back line, resulted in a cross from Shaun coming in from the left to Dan, who expertly laid it back into the path of Ian, who slightly off balance, sent his curling effort wide of the far post.
CLM sub: Bola “The Muscle” coming off to be replaced by Jordan
However, CLM weren’t having it all their own way & 3mins later Trinity’s dangerous number 8 was proving to be as elusive as ever, playing in their number 17, who’s shot from 25yds didn’t trouble Rich in the CLM goal.
Unfortunately the game was interrupted for a considerable time following a clash of heads, resulting in injury to Trinity’s number 3. Fortunately the Trinity GK & CLMs resident GP (Kachi) were on hand to clean up & take care of the injury. But it was clear the number 3 couldn’t continue and Trinity made there only possible substitution as number 12 came on to replace him.
Understandably It would take a few mins for the game to settle back into its previous rhythm, but when it did an in-swinging free kick, taken by Matt, just inside Trinity’s half, resulted in the Salmon like Ian, once again rising highest, unfortunately glancing his header just wide of the keepers left post. Momentum was building, the 10 strong CLM support could sense another goal was coming & with Jasper on hand to capture the moment, Matt played an expertly weighted through ball to the willing runner Gabi, who looked to be clean through, but one on one with the GK sent his effort just wide of the upright.
Another goal was needed to make the game safe. CLM management deciding a change in personnel could make the difference, made their second substitution, Martin replacing the dangerous and ever willing runner Shaun.
Shortly after the substitution, Kieran would find himself in unfamiliar territory on the left wing, playing a great ball into the box where Dans effort flew just over the bar.
However the young striker still had time to make his mark on the game & shortly after it was his dangerous cross from the left which was turned into his own net by the unfortunate Trinity number 17.
The second goal seemed to waken Trinity up once more, as their tall number 9 found himself 20yds out, with time to shoot, he looked up and took aim to the GK’s top left corner, where the ever agile Rich, belied his years as he pulled off a “worldie” / “camera” save, (delete where applicable depending on your love of GK’s) tipping the ball over the bar, when the referee was already turning to blow the whistle to signify a Trinity goal. Trinity continued to pressure, with their number 9 threatening to break clear once more, alas Captain Kieran, as he did all day, swooped into smother the chance.
CLM made their final substitution as Kachi (he of GP fame) came on for the dangerous Dan.
2mins later it was 3-0 to CLM. Gabi intercepting the ball on the halfway line, running through the middle, beating two defenders to slot underneath the exposed GK. surely the game was now wrapped up. Surely Jasper had managed to record such a great strike? (unfortunately for Jasper only one of those statements would prove to be true).
Entering the last 2mins of normal time, Kieran once more provided a perfect delivery from a free kick, just inside the Trinity half, where Ian’s flick was met by the gazelle like figure of Kachi, who’s header, powered downward from 6yds out was expertly tipped round the post by the Trinity number 1.
Into injury time & CLM would have one more chance, a long throw from the right finding Matt, who’s header flashed just wide.
Final whistle: CLM 3 – 0 Holy Trinity
A competitive game played in an atmosphere of great respect for opponents and the referee alike. A worthy win for CLM who make it two from two since they entered the league and cup.
Stand out performers Trinity’s 8 & 5, Kieran, Nathan, Matt & Dan for CLM. However, MoM this week goes to the ever youthful Dave Jones who didn’t put a foot out of place at Full Back all game & who’s play can only be likened to a vintage Roland Nilsson.