Having defeated Town 8-1 a fortnight ago, Moors Academy obviously fancied their chances at the impressive Vale Stadium.
Accordingly, Manager Sam Manoochehri made many changes with Jerome Clarke,
Nathan Hansard and Ashanti Pryce all starting, together with a number of
With so many alterations to the Moors settled team, their usual cohesion
was missing. However, they were still far too good for a spirited Vale side,
who were determined not to be on the end of another thumping. That they kept
the scoring down to four, is to their credit.
The game began with three goals in seven minutes. Ashanti
opened his Moors account with a goal inside the second minute when he scored
after a header by Hirst. Ashanti directed the ball goal-wards. A minuet
later Hirst himself scored, beating Howard from ten yards.
Just as the visiting crowd sat back to enjoy another goal-fest, Vale won
a Corner from which Hudin stabbed the ball home amidst a whole host of players
from both sides. Lucky, or well judged? This depends on your point of view.
What is certain is that things calmed down after this explosive start. There
were to be no more goals before half-time. The Moors were well on top however,
enjoying as much as 80% of the play. Yet somehow, they were unable to make this
did have chances. Captain Taylor shot over from eighteen yards before beautiful
football took Moors from their own Area, to that of their opponents, only for
Mullally’s shot to be well saved by Ben Howard between Vale’s posts. He was to
save his side on a number of occasions before the final whistle. This earned
himself the Man of the Match award.
With the clock showing thirty minutes, Pryce had a golden opportunity to
increase Moors’ lead. He was one on one with Howard, but the Vale ‘Keeper
saved. Although it was a good save, he should never had been given the chance.
There were other points in the game when Moors played some wonderful
football that took them from Area to Area, unfortunately they were few and far
between. A solo effort by Mullally took him into the Vale Area as be beat four,
or was it five, men? His shot was blocked.
Referee Samantha Tomson blew her whistle for half-time. It was a
reminder that she was present, as the Officials had had precious little to do.
Both teams made a change for the re-start. Vale replaced Wright at full
back with Timar; while Moors withdrew Medford
in favour of Siatous. His speed caused a deal of trouble on their left for the
Vale defence, yet the final ball vailed more often than not.
Despite this, the momentum of the game dropped dramatically. Sensing
this, Moors brought on Okoro with half an hour to go. His presence up front
produced two more goals, both scored by himself. Even so, it took ten minutes
for Okoro’s presence to produced fruit. Jerome Clarke passed to Owen Siatous who
passed on to Okoro. He made no mistake to score the third goal. Then, with two
minutes of ordinary time left, Ryan Andrews assisted for the fourth goal.
As the game drew to a close, there was a nasty over-reaction by Vale, to
a McNally tackle. Referee Tomson dealt with the incident extremely well. The
incident occurred on the half way line, yet ‘Keeper Howard felt the need to
race fifty yards to become involved. Referee Tomson calmed everyone down, spoke
with those involved and their Captains; and – to her credit – kept the cards in
Truth to tell this was not a vintage performance by the young Moors.
They were well below their normal level of play. Even so, they were far too
good for a Vale side who were outplayed, out thought, and out skilled. Vale, to
their credit, kept going and continued to try and get forward.
At the end, it was a regulation win for the Moors. With the three sides
above them in the MFL Division Three Table all winning, Moors remain in fourth
place, five points adrift of Northfield Town in third.
Nitiri; Clarke; Parsons; Willock; McNally; Taylor ©; Medford
(Siatous); Hansard; Pryce (2 mins) (Okoro (72 & 88 mins)); Mullally
(Andrews); Hirst (3 mins). Subs not used: Shade & Bennett.
Referee: Samantha Tomson
Report from Ronald Crane