Old Meadonians 7th XI 3-0 Old Tiffinians 4th XI
Three beautiful goals, three precious points. On a dankly overcast day at Riverside Lands the Mighty Meads 7s made in 7 league wins on the bounce with a thoroughly professional flattening of the violet-clad Tiffinians.
The opening goal, a delightful flick-header from MOM Adam Rhys Dee, epitomised the beauty in Meads’ play today. Mike Green and Nicky Lee combined to feed Delicious Trotter down the left. His slightly over-hit cross was gathered gracefully by striker Gav Kenny who turned and found the advancing right back Matty Jupe. Jupe controlled with one touch before picking out the near-post run of Rhys Dee with a sublime cross. As the Tiffinian keeper advanced Rhys Dee flicked his header unstoppably into the far corner. I doubt the entire Meads organisation scored a better goal today.
Having made an instinctive point-blank range stop at 0-0, Meads keeper Tim Lee was then called upon for further action when Nick Holmes was adjudged to have illegally felled an opposing striker in the box. From the resulting penalty Lee T guessed right, diving left to safe the soft spot-kick.
Playing into a head-wind Meads look vulnerable to the long ball tactic, but held their 1-0 lead until half time.
In the second half, with the wind behind them and the light fading alarmingly, Meads dominated from start to finish. Free flowing football, neat passing, incisive running and an unselfish willingness ran throughout the team.
Debutants Ed Haxton and Michael Richards replaced Matt Jupe and Gav Kenny before Skipper Jacobs sealed the points on 65 minutes. After a lovely through ball from Richards, Jacobs shimmied his way round his marker before slamming home his twelfth goal of the season.
Not to be left out of the scoring, Trotter bagged his eighth of the season 10 minutes later. More top passing saw the ball travel from Richards to Jacobs to Trotter who turned his man inside the out before guiding a delightful right-foot curler into the bottom corner. The watching Jo Trotter skipped in delight.
Despite their supremacy Meads lost neither shape nor commitment. Ryan Kohn was at his imperious best while Egg Shaw hassled, harried, busied and barked until the end. IT’S 0-0 MEADS! At the back Green and Holmes excelled.
This was a thoroughly professional effort from Meads who, despite the absence of Castella, Ring, Bryan, Bhatt, Bailey and Yorath, made light work of the 3 points. There is room for improvement but every single player can be proud of their performance. The Meads juggernaut steams on, with Kew 7s waiting in the AFA cup next week.
Team: T Lee, M Jupe (E Haxton – 50), N Lee, A Shaw, M Green, N Holmes, D Jacobs, R Kohn, A Trotter, G Kenny (M Richards – 55), A Rhys Dee
Goals: Rhys Dee 20