There were no post-halloween horrors for the Cravia Cubs as they sauntered to an 11-3 victory, in an action packed 90 minutes of ball kicking.
Unfortunately only ten Netflix players could be mustered up. Rumours of players going hell for leather on the alcoholic drinks the previous night surfaced. Young Daniel Mejka took the captains armband on what would be a day of milestones for the industrious midfield unit.
The Cubs required an early goal, as games against opponents with less men have been tricky obstacles in the past. Determined to show his captain credentials, Mejka went on a stunning run early on, outpacing his opponent before whipping in a ball of beauty. The tempo was set, and the Cubs were looking dangerous. Robert Small didn't seem to have his shooting boots on today as many chances were squandered early on, thankfully Sword had his on - thundering the Cubs into a 1 0 lead.
From there it was one way traffic. The long balls from Netflix were dangerous, but the rearguard Hagger and MacDonald competed excellently and mopped up most of the danger. Both men known for being deadly from the rear. The second goal required came from Brebner, who had an impressive game - stroking the ball into the net lining.
The big decision of the match then came. Young Batchelor sprinted clear and was wiped out by the long kicking keeper. A sensible referee would have kept his red card in his pocket, knowing the Cubs already had a one skull advantage. The referee duly shat his briefs however, sending Vincent for an early bath, with howls of derision from onlookers and players alike.
Half time arrived with the scoreline reading 4 0. Young McKendrick found himself in a central role in the second half to the surprise of the home fans, but showed his diversity, caressing the ball in an Andrea Pirlo act.
However, a defensive mishap gave the Netflix a glimmer of hope early in the 2nd half. This was thankfully quickly quashed. Hagger scored an impressive mazy. The outstanding Boyle notched a hatrick, including a classy curling effort. Not to be outdone though, Adam Caley then scored a goal of outstanding quality. With the keeper off his line, Caley guided the ball in glorious fashion; looping the ball into the net. Immense goal, which was celebrated as though it was as easy as collecting the morning paper from the frontman.
Brebner then resurfaced and grabbed goals and assists. One moment arose where the thundering front man will be disappointed however. A mazy where 95% of it was achieved as though he'd been possesed by Messi. Unfortunately the final 5% was uted as though Stevie Wonder was on the field. Brebner forcefully skewed his effort into the green railing of the Riverside pitch.
Mejka was left enraged as young Cruickshank never squared the ball for an easy tap-in. He used this rage as fuel however, and it looked as though he'd broken his scoring drought. An arrowed shot looked destined for the bottom corner, but Vincent pulled off a save that wouldn't be out of place on MOTD. A cruel disappointment, but it was young Dans day in the end. He Composed himself in the box to fire hard into the net. Excellent celebrations as young Mejka scored his first goal for the Cravia Cubs.
Another Cubs stalwart - young Harold Eggo - then shone in the spotlight. A penalty try was awarded to the Netflix. Young Eggo pulled his shorts upto his mid-rib in an attempt to put off the opposing player. It worked in fine fashion. The Netflix striker looked worried from the offset as sweat beads trickled down his puss, with the imperious Eggo to beat. A stunning save.
There was time for Cruickshank to send a wild chip from 6 yards out over the crossbar.
It was a game of two halves, as every football match is.
Match Report by Jamie Baird