Young Men Hold On To Win Boxing Day Bash

The Young Men coming close to extending their lead late on.

The Young Men coming close to extending their lead late on.

FT Young Men 3 – 2 Old Men

HT Young Men 3 – 1 Old Men

Wednesday 26th December, Garrison Field, St Mary’s, Isles of Scilly.

Young Men v Old Men

The Old Men took the lead when full back Chris Evans lobbed Jack Stone. 

A first half brace from Scott Reid gave the Young Men the lead.

Dan Evans curled in the Young Men’s third just before the break.

The Old Men threatened a late comeback through Adam May’s long range effort. 

Russell Hutchins came agonisingly close late on but the Young Men held out.

Young Men

S Reid (25’, 35’) D Evans (40’)

Old Men

C Evans (15’) A May (65’)

Match report by Will Lethbridge.

The Young Men held on to their first half lead to win the annual Boxing Day Bash 3-2 against the Old Men. 

It wasn’t all plain sailing for the Young Men as the Old Men had their fair share of possession and chances. This year’s contest was the closest we’ve seen for some time.

The conditions ahead of play were pretty good this year. Last year’s match was cut 10 minutes short due to torrential rain, wind and hail! It was a calm, dry morning with little wind. 

There had been a fair bit of rain over the previous week but the previous days had been dry. In general, the pitch was in excellent condition. 

As players arrived with bellies full of food and in some cases and few sore heads from the previous day the teams were decided. 

There was a fantastic turn out of young players with some making their debuts in this fixture. However, there were a few less senior players this year and with that in mind, the age gap was dropped to 30.

As usual, there were a few slight changes to the standard rules. The Old Men were able to use rolling substitutes and the Young Men had an unlimited number – meaning everyone got some form of game.

The game got underway with the usual passion and intensity that comes from this fixture. It was fairly even first 10 minutes but as the game progressed the Young Men started to get a grip on the game. The Young Men had more possession and created and few half chances.

It would be the Old Men though who took the lead after 15 minutes. Jack Stone in goal for the Young Men came out to the edge of his area and cleared the ball after some high pressure from the Old Men’s attack. 

Full back Chris Evans picked up the ball on the left wing took a few touches and then went for an audacious lob from the 35 yards. Jack Stone scrambled back towards his goal but couldn’t do anything about it. It was 0-1 to the Old Men. 

As the half continued the Old Men got more of a grip on the game, had a bit more possession and started to carve out a few more half chances. The Young Men were getting frustrated but looked dangerous on the break and would draw level on the 25 minute mark. 

After some great link up play between Dan and Harry Evans, the ball was whipped in across the six-yard box to Scott Reid who took a touch before rifling into the far left corner. 

The Old Men shouted for handball! Their appeals were turned down. The Young Men were back in the game 1-1 in somewhat fortunate circumstances. VAR could have made the difference! 

The Young Men continued to press and would take the lead soon after their first goal. Same James received the ball on the left wing, cut into the box, took on a few players with some fancy footwork before flashing it across the face of the Old Men’s goal for Scott Reid to finish from close range. It was 2-1 to the Young Men.

Smelling blood like a pride of hungry lions the Young Men didn’t stop there and would extend their lead just before the break. The Young Men moved the ball around the Old Men’s area. Eventually, it was laid off to Dan Evans just outside the area who curled a shot into the bottom right corner. Mark Mavers in goal for the Old Men had no chance. 

HT Young Men 3 – 1 Old Men

The Young Men made a handful of substitutes during the break and the Old Men made a few as well.

It was a more open start to the second half. Both teams pressed with the Young Men looking to extend their lead and the Old Men looking to get back into the game. 

The level of intensity went up a gear in the second half with crunching tackles flying in from both sides. Both teams created chances and forced goalkeepers Jack Stone and Mark Mavers into fine saves.

As the half continued the Old Men pushed more men forward and pulled a goal back just after the hour mark. Another long range effort this time from Adam May found the top corner. It was 3-2 and game on! 

As one team attacked the other countered in what was an engrossing final 20 minutes. 

Dan Evans was pulling the strings along with Phil Greenlaw for the Young Men and it was only some last-ditch defending and good saves from Mark Mavers that denied the Young Men from extending their lead. 

The Old Men looked dangerous especially at set pieces and pushed forwards in the last 10 minutes in hope of grabbing an equaliser late on. They came incredibly close!

After some good play in the Young Men’s half, the ball fell to Russell Hutchins who shot into a crowded area only for it to be deflected just wide. 

The Young Men would successfully defend the corner and hold out until the final whistle. 

FT Young Men 3 – 2 Old Men

Performances of note and other bits: 

A big thank to all who played for turning up. We a fantastic amount of support for both teams so thank you if you came up and spectated. A big thank you to Paul and Crockett for officiating. A special thank you to Joanna who stepped in for Angela, who’s on holiday to present the trophy. 

Man of the Match:

As tradition goes there are 2 Man of the Match awards with both teams picking a Man of the Match from the opposing team. 

The Young Men picked Rob Greenlaw as the Old Men’s Man of the Match while the Old Men Picked Joel Ware as the Young Men’s Man of the Match. 

Joel Ware won the post match Man of the Match challenge. 

Coming up next: 

Like the Premier League, the games are now coming thick and fast! It’s back to the league action tomorrow. 

World’s Smallest League – League game 9

10:30am KO – Sunday, 30th December, Garrison Field, St Mary’s, Isles of Scilly.