Wanderers Return To Winning Ways With 4 Second Half Goals

All 5 goals came in the second half, which the Wanderers dominated. They did have an extra man for the majority of the game, which proved to be the real difference.

All 5 goals came in the second half, which the Wanderers dominated. They did have an extra man for the majority of the game, which proved to be the real difference.

FT: Woolpack Wanderers 4 - 1 Garrison Gunners

HT: Woolpack Wanderers 0 - 0 Garrison Gunners

Sunday, 17th March 2019
Garrison Field, St Mary’s, Isles of Scilly
League Game 18

Wanderers pick up first win since the end of January.


All 5 goals came in the second half.


Joe Greenlaw gave the Wanderers the lead early in the second half and Louis Asten added a second soon after.


Winger Anuwat Chirawat headed in from a free kick midway through the second half and Keith Guy got the final touch on a strike from the edge of the area.


Adam O'Neill marked his return to the fold with a late header for the Gunners.

Due to player shortage, the Gunners played the majority of the game with 10 men.

Woolpack Wanderers

J Greenlaw (50') L Asten (50') A Chirawat (65') K Guy (75')

Garrison Gunners

A O'Neill (85')

Match Report By Will Lethbridge.

The Woolpack Wanderers picked up their first win since the end of January with a comprehensive 4-1 victory over the Garrison Gunners in the World's Smallest Football League on Sunday morning.

All 5 goals came in the second half, which the Wanderers dominated. They did have an extra man for the majority of the game, which proved to be the real difference.

Weather wise it wasn't too bad at all. It was dry with some beautiful sunshine and there wasn't that much wind.

Unfortunately, both teams were a bit low on players and with the Wanderers missing a substantial number of senior players several more experienced Gunners players were loaned to the Wanderers for the week. 

The game kicked off ten-a-side but the Wanderers would end up with an extra player. Joe Greenlaw ran up the hill after work and was able to play roughly an hour of the game. 

In the early stages it was fairly even with the majority of the action taking place in the centre of the pitch. Over time both teams managed to create a few openings. 

Joel Ware in the Wanderers' goal and Will St Pier in the sticks for the Gunners had to make a few saves but were not overly troubled in the first half an hour.

The Wanderers and the Gunners were making good use of the pitch and a couple of balls were fired across the face of goal. Gunners’ striker Jack Handy had a few attempts at goal from distance that went wide or were gathered by Joel Ware.

The tide turned when Joe Greenlaw was introduced and the Wanderers had the man advantage. 

In the final 15 minutes of the half, the Wanderers took the initiative and made the extra man count.

They looked dangerous at set pieces and gave the Wanderers a lot more to think about. Will St Pier made a few good saves and a couple of attempts went wide.

It was a bit of an uneventful half the ended all square at 0-0. We haven’t had many goalless first halves this year.

HT: Woolpack Wanderers 0 - 0 Garrison Gunners

Goals were plentiful in the second half and it would only take the Wanderers 5 minutes to open the scoring. 

Joe Greenlaw had made a real impact since coming on. The box-to-box midfielder found himself in an attacking position just inside the area. He flashed the ball across the face of goal and into a dangerous area that went in off the far post to give the Wanderers the lead. 

It wouldn't be long before the Wanderers doubled their lead. Louis Asten who had played well throughout the game received the ball on the right of the area. He took a couple of touches and found himself one on one with Will St Pier and calmly picked out the far bottom corner. A well taken goal it was!

The Gunners found themselves in a difficult position and the man advantage was starting to take its toll. They were trying to press forwards but Liam Greenlaw who was playing at the heart of the Wanderers defence was sweeping the ball up and setting up attacks. The Wanderers looked threatening on the break but their third goal of the day would come from a free kick.

A dangerous ball was whipped in by Wanderers captain Rob Greenlaw. Winger Anuwat Chirawat found a gap in the Gunners defence and headed the ball down which looped up over Will St Pier. It was midway through the second half and the Wanderers were 3-0 up. 

The Gunners tried to regroup and press forwards but were looking even more vulnerable on the break and the Wanderers were making the extra man count. 

With 15 minutes to go the Wanderers would get their fourth of the day. 

After some good play out on the right between Joe Greenlaw and Louis Asten the ball was cut back to the edge of the Gunners' area. Russell Hutchins broke forwards from defence, took a touch hit the ball low from the edge of the area. Keith Guy got slightest of touches on the way through as it sailed into the goal. 

As the game moved into the later stages the Wanderers sat back a little and the Gunners were able to move the ball around and would ultimately end up with a conciliatory goal. 

The ball was moved out from the centre of the park to the right. A brilliant ball was curled into the box to Adam O'Neill who pulled off the last defender headed into the top right corner from close range, giving Joel Ware no chance. 

The Gunners deserved their goal and the Wanderers were a little disappointed not to keep a clean sheet. 

With minutes remaining the Wanderers controlled the ball and didn't allow the Gunners any further chances to reduce the deficit. 

It would end 4-1 and the Wanderers would pick up their first win since the end of January.

FT: Woolpack Wanderers 4 - 1 Garrison Gunners 

Ultimately the extra man proved to be the difference maker.

Performances of note and other bits:

Thanks to Paul, David and Chas for officiating. A big thank you all who laced up their boots and to those spectating. Half a dozen or so spectators this week! 

Even though it was a bit of a one sided game there were some terrific performances from both teams. Despite conceding 4 goals Will St Pier in the Gunners’ goal made some fine saves. Striker Jack Handy looked lively up front but was isolated for large parts of the game. Corey Graham moved the ball well, had some great touches made some brilliant tackles. 

Winger Anuwat Chirawat made some good runs, great tackles and scored a fine header. Rob Greenlaw ran the show in the centre of midfield tackled well and distributed the ball superbly. Russell Hutchins commanded the centre of defence alongside Liam Greenlaw. They limited the Gunners to only a few clear chances. Midfielder Joe Greenlaw made a real impact when he came on, scored the opening goal and was involved in a lot of the Wanderers attacking play. 

Man of the Match:

Wanderers’ winger Louis Asten picks up the Man of the Match this week. A great performance throughout the game and a well taken goal! 

Coming up next:

The final League game of the season is next. 
10:30 KO – Sunday, 24th March. 
Garrison Field, St Mary’s, Isles of Scilly.