Today, Broad Heath took a team of 10 players to Eastern Green to compete in the opening round of the Harry Shaw Cup in what promised to be a challenging encounter. Broad Heath won the game 2 – 1 with a brace from Osman. See the full match report below.
The match kicked off at 3:45 on a warm, windy autumn afternoon. Within seconds of Umar S taking the kick off, it was clear that we were going to be in for a tough game. Eastern Green quickly took control of possession and for the first 5 minutes, it was attack vs defence. Umar A had to be strong in the tackles and made two crucial blocks within the first 5 minutes in what turned out for him to be a defensive masterclass.
Just as things were looking desperate, with the Eastern Green players peppering the ball across our penalty area, Umar S emerged with the ball and charged most of the length of the pitch, skinning 3 or 4 players only to be stopped with a crunching block on the edge of the penalty area. Suddenly, the Eastern Green players realised that with the flair, guile, pace and strength running through the heart of the Broad Heath midfield, they might be in for a tough afternoon.
The breakthrough came midway through the first half with Osman finding space just inside the area and firing past the helpless keeper into the bottom corner of the net! Up until that point, the match had been fairly even, if anything; the goal was slightly against the run of play.
Broad Heath managed to see out the remainder of the first half with the score at 1 – 0. Once again, the defence really proved it’s worth with a stand out performance from Yamen at its heart. Not only was his match play outstanding, but his communication and command of the area had a dramatic impact on the final score.
In the second half, Eastern Green really started to press and whipped in a number of dangerous corners. The pressure eventually told and the seemingly unbreakable Broad Heath defence conceded a goal which Eastern Green deserved.
Midway through the second half though, Osman netted his second of the game after a scrappy encounter within the Eastern Green Box. In truth, the ball probably should have been cleared sooner by Eastern Green and the keeper was inches from saving Osman’s shot, but it crept into the net to make the score 2 – 1.
With a combination of resolute defending and some fantastic hold up play, Broad Heath managed to hold out to eventually win the game. For the last 5 minutes, the superb Umar S changed his position to play as a sweeper! Any ball that came near to Nadal’s goal (Nadal was superb throughout) was blasted out of play by Umar until the final whistle had blown.
Coach Ms Shilton, should be very proud of her players who managed to battle to victory in her first game. A special shout out the Maria who played her first competitive match for the first team and can be proud of her performance! This certainly won’t be the last time we see her in a Broad Heath shirt!
Credit also to Eastern Green. On another day, the score could have been different and I’m sure that they will feel hard done by by the result. On the day, last ditch defending and players literally throwing themselves in front of the ball (Umar A, was like the number 86; parked up in the bus station at times) won the match. There will be tough challenges ahead for the players, but this is certainly a promising start to the competition.
Half time score: 0 – 1
Full time score: 1 – 2
Goals: Osman (2)
Man of the match: Yamen
Umar A (LWB)
Umar S (CM)
Abdi (CM) (Captain)
Farhaan (Sub; came on RWB)
Uthmaan (Sub; came on RWB)
Yussuf (Sub; came on CM)