Win and draw in double header
Fixture congestion means 2 games in one Sunday morning.
Kingstonian went away to FC Athena, a double-header due to fixture congestion. There were 2 matches at 40 minutes each, a total of 80 minutes of football for the boys.
Kingstonian started the first match a bit slowly with players not up to the pace of the game right away. However Conor won a free kick 25 yards out, hit it on target, the keeper could only parry to Charlie who buried it from three yards out. 0-1. Athena then broke out and won a corner, their tall midfielder rose above the defence to head in. 1-1.
During the second half Ks dominated possession and created several chances but couldn’t convert, with Athena putting bodies on the line to hang on for a draw.
The second match was a different story. Kingstonian dominated midfield, passed quickly and pressed effectively. Conor drove into the box and was brought down for a penalty. Fourat converted, 0-1. This time Ks didn’t let the opposition back into the game. Archie was dominant at centre half and played a cultured ball over the top to Fourat who had stayed onside, he ran in and finished with a chip over the keeper. Cantona-Esque. 0-2.
Ks now really got into gear. Slick passing led to two goals in quick succession, for Lucas and Fourat, both well taken, inside the box. Callum went on a mazy run down the right and scored, to make it 0-5 at half time in the second match.
Ks maybe thought the game was won because they didn’t start the second half well, standing off and allowing Athena time on the ball and in their half. Ryan pulled off a couple of good saves to keep Athena out. Ty decided to take charge, running powerfully from half way, beating defenders and finishing low into the corner. Ks were now six up and well in control. A corner from the right led to a goalmouth scramble, Charlie finished calmly to make it seven for Ks, which was the final score.
Obviously there was a big contrast in scorelines between the two matches. Ks had most of the possession and play in both. The team was much more direct and decisive in the second game, passing, crossing and shooting early instead of taking too many touches.
Fourat did very well with 3 goals over the two games. However Man-of-the-match (or the matches?) was Conor who was dynamic in midfield, distributed well and made lots of chances.