St Vincent's Dads Football Team


SV Mercury Make Winning Start

'Newly formed Dad's team, SV Mercury announced their arrival into the Egerton 7s league in fine style on Wednesday night. Employing fluid positional play and watched by a record attendance of three, Graham Ellis scored a sensational winning goal. Marshalled by Dave Richards in midfield and ‘no-nonsense’ defending from Tony Lambert, Tony Konig and Matt Strong, goalkeeper Davy Chilakalaka was rarely troubled until a tactical swap with striker Alex Culshaw forced him to play up front. The victorious team are holding a celebratory homecoming in the Legh Arms at 7.30 pm on Saturday night – all are welcome to bask in the reflected glory.'

SV Mercury Crash to Defeat (Dad’s football team)

SV felt the pull of gravity on their skyward trajectory on Wednesday night as they succumbed to a second half onslaught to suffer their first loss. Despite taking the lead through Graham 'Golden Boots' Ellis and several high class saves from Davy Chilakalaka, SV saw their 100% record disappear in a 3-1 defeat. Valiant performances from stalwarts Tony Konig, Matt Strong, Andy Holt and Chris Jones, allied with an impressive debut from Neil Roper, were ultimately in vain against a fitter, younger and more skilful opposition. SV's next game now offers them the chance to demonstrate how they can play better than their new kit fits them. 

SV Mercury see their light dimming

After a fine run of one draw in one game, SV reverted to type in their most recent game, crashing to a 4-1 defeat. With an attacking trio of Graham Ellis, Phil Raffo and Ian Green, SV took an early lead but from then on the likelihood of more goals fizzled out quicker than a cheap sparkler. With Mike Richards, Rich Cocksedge and Andy Holt also failing to exert any type of control in midfield, a threadbare defence of Matt Strong and Tony Lambert were left as exposed as goalkeeper Lambert's gloveless hands. With no game played this week, SV have take the opportunity refocus minds, rest bodies and refresh palates.

SV roar into life

An entertaining 3-2 victory restored several bruised reputations for SV on Wednesday night. Displaying actual tactical awareness and real footballing skill, SV twice came from behind to win. Overcoming some calamitous goalkeeping from Alex Culshaw, a steadfast defence of Mike O'Reilly, Chris Jones and Tony Lambert provided a solid platform for victory. Hard running from striker Ian Green created space for midfielders Tony Konig and Andy Holt to weave their magic in setting up a stylish hat-trick for the talented Rich Cocksedge. Although difficult fixtures lie ahead, SV and their fans will hope this result signifies a brighter future.

Que Sera, Sera

Wednesday night saw a patched up SV supply one of the brightest performances in their short but eventful history. Reeling from a series of last minute 'injuries', they belied frantic behind the scenes activity to not only field a team - and substitutes - but play with both purpose and panache. Veterans Tony Lambert, Andy Holt, Matt Strong and Tony Konig successfully blended their experience with the willing running of Phil Raffo, John Minard and Jonathan Broadhurst. This combined team effort enabled newcomer Andy Ford to demonstrate his footballing prowess. In the face of such dynamism the opposition (‘Green Machine’) took to parking the proverbial bus as their primary tactic. SV duly lost, 1-0.

SV bite back

SV’s prolonged new year hangover finally cleared this week courtesy of a hard fought, yet still entertaining, 1-0 victory. A back four of goalkeeper Alex Culshaw, Tony Lambert, Matt Strong and Chris ‘SinBin’ Jones worked hard as a unit to build an impenetrable, Trump-esque, defensive wall. Midfielders Tony Konig and Ian McHale then used their, not inconsiderable, experience and skill (along with a series of ‘game management’ strategies) to set up striker Ian Green’s, clinically finished, winning goal. Long-suffering supporters of SV will be hoping this result has a galvanising effect on the team and lifts them to new heights (otherwise known as the middle of the league table). Man of the match – Ian Green.

Sing when you’re winning

SV entered uncharted territory on Wednesday night with a deserved 2-0 victory giving them their second victory in as many games. Ian 'Goal Machine' Green and Chris 'Zero to Hero' Jones led the way with sublime goals, allied with an impressive debut from Alistair Nightingale. In the rest of team, stalwarts Andy Holt, Tony Lambert, Mike O’Reilly, Tony Konig and Matt Strong managed a rash of late withdrawals admirably, allowing the free running Eoin Martin to leave the opposition in a daze. The sweet taste of success leaves SV hungry for more, although actual playing ability may thwart such aspirations. Man of the match – Chris Jones.

SV Mercury Slip to New Low

SV's spectacularly dismal start to their new season continued on Wednesday night with a comprehensive five - two defeat. Coach Dave Richards failed to live up to the pre-match hype surrounding his return but equally culpable were goalkeeper Tony Lambert and defenders Alex Culshaw, Matt Strong, Tony Konig and Mike O'Reilly - the concept of 'keeping it tight at the back' clearly alien to them all. With a blunt performance from striker Ian Green, SV looked to Chris Jones and Alistair Nightingale for their goals. While neatly worked, these goals did more to highlight the general mediocrity on offer from SV, ahead of any sense of the team playing with a plan. The prospect of some kinder fixtures (alongside blind optimism) now give SV hope for the remainder of the season.

SV Win!

Alistair Nightingale’s clinical finish, set-up by deft skill from Chris Jones, finally kick-started SV Mercury’s season on Wednesday night. Perhaps more surprising than the result itself was the fact that SV fully deserved their victory, illustrated by the fact that goalkeeper Tony Lambert, who swatted away any danger to his goal, made more noise in his encouragement of the team than he did saves. Showing attacking instinct (and a desire to escape the wall of sound behind them) wing backs Martin Roberts and Neil Roper drove SV forward, reinforced by classy ball play from Andy Holt. Further up the field, Eoin Martin and Alex Culshaw were industrious in midfield allowing strikers Jones and Nightingale to profit. Ever professional, SV refuelled in The White Bear where, for a change, talk focussed on points instead pints.

Man of the Match – Tony Lambert

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