St. John's 1st form footballers are off to a winning start in the ESFA Playstation Cup with a comprehensive victory over Hackney New School.
Whilst our new football pitch is being renovated, we hired a pitch at The Hive, Barnet Football Club’s training centre which is a fantastic facility.
We started the game slowly but eventually took the lead through Flavio Gomes after the Hackney keeper failed to keep out his shot. Hackney have some very tall boys on their team and used this height advantage to equaliser from a corner, which we failed to defend effectively, drawing the score level at 1-1.
We went in at halftime feeling that we were the better team, but the close nature of the game meant we would have to up our game in the second half.
After the break we started much faster and took a deserved lead when Sean Kanu went on a run down the left, cut inside and drilled the ball past the goalkeeper from a very tight angle to make it 2-1. It was an ideal time to take the lead and seemed to deplete Hackney as we started to play the football we knew we were capable of.
Sean then made it 3-1 when he scrambled the ball over the line following Hackney’s failure to clear the ball from their penalty area.
The goal of the game, and Sean’s hat-trick, came after he skipped past their midfielder and struck the ball off the post from well outside the area to make it 4-1. The fifth and final goal was made when substitute Reece Cannon came on for his first appearance in the National Cup, passing the ball into Sean’s path for an easy finish.
At 5-1, we had chances to further our lead when Brandon Jones was fouled but missed the resulting penalty. Georgios Christoforou went on an amazing run and struck the post only to see the ball rebounded back into the goalkeeper’s arms.
By all means this wasn’t merely a good performance from Sean, but the whole team, who really dug in when things were looking difficult. Matthew Muwambi was also superb and was complimented for his performance in the centre of midfield.
We now face Greneway School in Round 2.