The Hove Park Year 9 Boys football team cruised to a 4-1 victory against Dorothy Stringer in the latest round of the Town Cup at the Valley Arena. The game started with a high tempo forcing Majid and the Stringer goal keeper to make saves early on. After 20 minutes, and some sumptuous football, Otto played a series of one-twos before rounding the Stringer centre back and riffling an unstoppable rocket of a shot high into the roof of the net. One - nil Hove Park. Hove Parks’ defence had been tight all half, but a breakdown in communication led to the Stringer number 11 to break through and fire an impressive low drive into the corner of the goal. 1-1 at the break.
The game was poised for an intense second half; the message in the Hove Park camp was that whoever showed more fight and more passion in the second half would win the game. Hove Park started fiercely and were on top. The pressure lead to a corner from which Jude directed a header powerfully to the back post. It was too hot for the defender on the line to deal with and the ball hit the back of the net. 2-1 to Hove Park. Stringer piled on the pressure and had it not been for debutant Majid’s heroics in goal, Stringer would almost certainly have scored.
Hove Park knew they needed a third to kill the game off; having passed the ball around well in the final third, a free-kick was awarded in a dangerous position. Despite a four man wall, Danny was able to powerfully curl a wonderful strike into the side netting passed the desperately diving keeper. 3-1 to Hove Park and illation for the Hove Park boys. With the final minutes of the game on the clock, Hove Park went on another devastating attack filled with slick passing and excellent runs from numerous players. The ball was passed to Danny who calmly lopped the ball past the Stringer keeper into the top corner. 4-1 final score.
Before the game the Hove Park boys were somewhat apprehensive of the opposition, knowing the quality the Stringer side had. Today however they proved that confidence and determination can bring out the best in the players individually and as a team. It was the best performance of the season and Hove Park deserved the win. A huge well done from me.