2019-20 – Game Week 2

Team Carshalton Athletic Greens
Opposition Corinthian Casuals
VenueKing George’s Field, Tolworth
Result7-1 Win

Last weeks game was a great start to the season, but like most of the parents we were expecting a much tougher challenge this week, despite the scoreline it was. This was the first away game of the season and my sons first proper away game as a player.

First half

The start of the match was 50/50, both teams were looking to attack and take an early lead and both teams has early chances. My son was called into action early and made some good saves to keep the score 0-0. Casuals tried to keep pressing with several early corners a sign of their intent but a decisive breakaway goal by was controversially ruled out for offside.

Eventually though the pressure from Carshalton paid off and we went 1-0 up thanks to a well taken finish, the Casuals keeper did well to get a hand to the ball but the power was just too much. At half time the game was finely poised, both teams were still in the contest. The game was just as good as the week before with Carshalton again playing some great passing football.

Second half

The second half started with Casuals again putting pressure on Carshalton, just like last week the defence remained strong and composed. Pressure from Carshalton eventually resulted in a second goal, at this point Casuals heads dropped and Carshalton made them pay with some clinical finishing. With the goals racking up Carshalton started to pile forward as everyone wanted a piece of the goal scoring action, as a result Casuals started to get space when attacking and even ended up with a 6 against 2 attack but failed to capitalise.

With the score at 7-0 a simple back pass took a horrendous bobble (surprising given the smoothness of the pitch) and the kick from my son went straight to the Casuals striker. I have been telling my boy that mistakes happen, it’s how you react to them that is the most important thing to remember. As the casuals striker bore down on the goal he came out and made a terrific save.

With the game nearing it’s end Casuals had a free kick just inside the Carshalton half, two simple passes and they were in on goal and despite coming off his line quickly the striker got his shot off which was just on target, my boy was disappointed but you can’t save them all and in this instance he could not have done much more.

So, two wins in two and another cracking game for us parents on the sideline, well those of us supporting Carshalton at least. I can’t wait for next week and neither can my boy.


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