Clevercherry's 5 aside team get their first victory!
Clevercherry’s five-a-side team earned their first win in the PlayFootball Birmingham Indoor Premier League last night, with an emphatic 9-7 win against their opponents. The Clevercherry boys got off to a slow start with the opposition nipping in behind their defence to get an early goal from kick off. Another goal came minutes later after a mix-up at the back; 2-0 down after 5 minutes was not the start the cherries were looking for.
Having said this, some neat play out from the back between Adam and George made space for George to thread a lovely defence-splitting pass through to Sandwich Ben, who sent a fizzing cross across the edge of the box. Jorrel’s lung-busting sprint to the edge of the box was timed perfectly to tap in his first of the game, and the team were off the mark. The boys were back in it, and they struck again soon after, with George laying it off to Sandwich Ben who nestled the ball nicely into the bottom corner.
Was this the trigger for a dominant performance? Absolutely not. In a fluctuating first-half, two wonder-strikes from the opposition and a goalkeeper error on the brink of half time meant Clevercherry went into halftime 5-2 down. The boys re-grouped at the break, and knew they could get the better of this team as long as they stayed strong defensively. Powerful words from various team members at half-time were delivered...
The second half got off to the perfect start. A nice one-two between Sandwich Ben and George Baker perfectly set up Sandwich Ben to score his second of the game, a powerful finish that left the keeper with no chance. The boys were flying, and a quick-fire double from Baker soon followed, meaning the cherries had levelled it up with 10 minutes to go, at 5-5.
The tension was high and the crowd were on the edge of their seats, wondering who would strike next to take the lead in the latter stages. The Cherries were as determined as ever, and their spirit carried them through. Arjun, only moments after coming on as a sub for Jorrel, came close with a stunning effort that ricocheted off the bar, and left the crowd in awe of the strike. A minute later, Arj was rewarded for his efforts with a lovely strike across goal into the bottom left corner. The keeper had no chance.
Having come from 5-2 down to lead 6-5, the boys were full of energy and motivation. The goal of the game soon followed, and went to George Baker. Adam G brought the ball out from defence, weaving through players and playing the ball through to Sandwich Ben. With his first touch, Ben laid it off to George in a perfect position. The ball had just bounced up, so on the half-volley, George unleashed a left-footed thronker into the top right corner. In the words of Alan Partridge ‘He must have a foot like a traction engine’. A strike of such beauty was admired by both the cherries and the opposition.
7-5. Was it all over, with 3 points in the bag? Absolutely not. The Cherries were tired after all their hard work to comeback from 5-2 down, allowing the opponents to get themselves back into the game only minutes later, with a beautifully curled strike into the top corner. Seconds after kick-off, it happened again, leaving the Cherries stunned; 7-7, with 3 minutes left.
Adam G was having none of that. Receiving the ball from the keeper, he took a touch and unleashed a piledriver into the bottom left corner of the goal, with the keeper stranded, only able to watch on as it flew past him. The opponents were stunned. 8-7 up with a minute to go.
The opponents were pressing hard, however the Cherries were not about to let this lead slip again. Sandwich Ben put in the tackle of the match to win the ball back, allowing a sumptuous counter-attack to unfold. The lethal combination of Sandwich Ben and George struck once more, with George calmly slotting the ball into the bottom corner. 9-7, with only seconds remaining.
They looked at the ref, and the whistle blew. There was pure ecstasy in the stands, and the boys knew the job was done. Their first win, and what a win It was. They had pulled off this unlikely victory in some style, and we sense the best it yet to come from this squad.
MOTM: George Baker