Match Report
Stockport Grammar School 1st XI vs  St Ambrose College
On: Wednesday, 05 Feb 2020
Venue: Away

Match report for SGS Vs st Ambrose,

Sam T-W

Following a poor showing in last week's 3-0 loss to The Grange in last week's Wednesday game, everyone was keen to show what we were really about. We travelled to St Ambrose, a team in the last 8 of the national cup, with cautious optimism as we knew of their quality. The smooth AstroTurf enabled our silky football to be unleashed, if you want a mental picture of what it must've been like for the other team, imagine Pep Guardiola's Barcelona. We won a free kick about 22 yards out and Sam Shilton ventured forward from his position at the back to take it. He intelligently sent the ball underneath the wall and into the bottom corner past the keeper, 1-0 to the Port. Soon after the goal we were applying more pressure when the ball broke to Panashe just outside the box, he shaped to shoot before connecting sweetly with the ball however he almost hit it too sweetly, as the ball sailed over the bar and the 50ft net behind the goal. Due to the small pitch, goalkicks were a legitimate attacking option as we nearly scored off them about 4 times, coming close on numerous occasions. The half ended with little action as Stockport went in to the break 1-0 up.

The second half was much more even for a time, before the ball landed at Chester's feet on their six yard line. His first effort was saved well by their keeper but he was only able to rebound the ball back to Chester who thundered the ball against the underside of the bar and it ripped the side netting as everyone wheeled away in celebration. 2-0 Port. We seemed more relaxed now, however this was not a good thing as they were able to create a couple of chances. Only poor finishing and resilient defending stopped them from reducing their two goal deficit. St Ambrose were not a team who were comfortable passing the ball round the back and this showed as Dan Stevenson pounced on a short backpass then poked it round the keeper, a perfect way to cap off an excellent performance from Dan. The game finished 3-0 with some good goalkeeping holding us back from making it embarrassing for them. Special mention to Charlie Hallows for his first team debut and Dan Stevenson for his MOTM performance throughout.