Match Report: Eleven Heaven for 2002 Colts

Think you can stop this?Spartans 2002 Colts progressed to the next Round of the John McConnell Memorial Cup after an impressive 11-0 victory over Salvesen CFC at Forresters High School’s 4G.

Spartans dominated possession for the outset in the fresh autumnal air and blanket blue sky with the two holding midfielders Ethan Russell and Innis Skinner utilising the width of the pitch to create many overloads out by the touchline. 

This was further complimented by playmakers Shawn Millar and Alex Shirlaw who got forward at every opportunity down their respective flanks and were a constant thorn in the side to the Salvesen defence.

Goals in the first half from Max Sneddon, Ewan Russell and a Joshua Wood double gave the Spartans side a well deserved lead going in to half time. Wood’s brace perhaps more notable with the centre back playing in an unfamiliar role of striker for the afternoon.

With a four goal cushion at the interval, the Spartans Coaches changed personnel with Alex McLaughlin moving on to the right wing, with Shawn Millar to the left and Nathan Hay taking his position up front.

The change of personal only increased the pressure on Salvesen who couldn’t counter the Spartans attack.  Hay, McLaughlin and Millar all grabbing themselves second half doubles and Marc Lynn getting in on the scoresheet action too.

It was a superb performance from the team as a whole and result could have been worse for the home team had their goalie not been in such fine form, making many great saves throughout the game. Salvesen played hard and showed great courage to fight til the final whistle.

The only blot on a clean sheet copybook was the sending off of Nathan Hay shortly before the end.

Max Sneddon (8)
Joshua Wood (25,30)
Ewan Russell(35)
HT 0-4
Shawn Millar (45)
Nathan Hay (60)
Shawn Millar (62)
Marc Lynn (65)
Alex McLaughlin (70)
Nathan Hay (72)
Alex McLaughlin (78)
FT 0-11

Nathan Hay Sent off (Red Card) (80).