Second game of the season and the Dell faced MSC Eastham at a sunny Oval, From the off a few of their players seemed to give us a few worries but once we settled in our stride we took complete control of the game.
Sam Yates was an early casualty due to heavy consumption of alcohol, Lee O'Donnell coming on in his place slotted in well.
Liam Rose started it off with a typical strikers finish to give us the lead 1-0 then his partner in crime Matty Smith got in on the act with a simple finish 2-0 after the impressive Kevin Machin played him in superbly.
In the middle of the park the gaffa Matthew Easterbrook was doing the simple stuff allowing Adam Coulls and Sam Adams to control proceedings and totally dominate, the wingbacks Philly Lennon And Kevin Machin started to have more and more influence on the game and it was Machins clever link up with the Easterbrook which resulted in the gaffa putting in a scuffed cross which Philly Lennon gobbled up planting a header in the back of the net 3-0.
Adam Coulls who had made a great marauding run thru the middle of the park was left one on one but with probably too much time on his hands to decide what to do he fired an effort which their goalkeeper got down well to save.
Philly Lennon then turned provider putting in a sweet cross which Liam Rose finished with aplomb 4-0 then shortly before half time Sam Adams after a stunning powerful solo run fired a low cross which Matty Smith expertly finished 5-0.....strikers are on fire this season so far.
Poor Jay in goal was a bystander for the majority of the half......probably a good job as he was in a similar state to Sam Yates.
Talk at half time was simple more of the same and even more concentration which to be fair the back 3 of Skipper Paul Stewart, Lee O'Donnell and Micael Edge had done superbly all first half, Skipper Paul was always on the go telling everyone to stay switched on........exactly what a captain should be doing!
Lee O'Donnell in particular was very impressive, any danger that came he was there to clear up and his distribution from the back was superb.
Within 5 minutes Matthew Easterbrook came off and on came Danny Currran for his debut, at 17 he is the youngest player but showed with a neat and tidy performance his age will soon be forgotten about.
A flurry of goals then transpired first Liam Rose deservedly got his hat-trick 6-0 with a perfect finish to cap off a stunning performanceâ€¦.cue substitution, then subs Kieran Hamm and Michael Neish combined for the later to fire in a sweet effort 7-0.
Danny Croker came on and on one mazy run he looked like a cross between Messi and Bambi, a few more had the line howling but to his credit he came on and gave 100% which is great to see.
Unfortunately Michael Edge who had worked his socks off took a knock on the ankle and with 15 remaining and with all subs used we had to finish the game with ten men.
Some of the football albeit against inferior opposition was nice to see, from back to front we built up play sensibly and had more chances to fire in even more Neish, Hamm and Lennon all presented with good opportunities after good work from Coulls and Adams.
A short corner was played cleverly between Danny Curran and Philly Lennon and with all the time in the world Philly fired in a cross come shot which somehow landed in the back of the net, later suggestions claimed Kieran Hamm got the faintest of touches but the dubious goals panel have decided to give it Philly Lennon (Philly u owe me a £10 next week). 8-0.
Then we started to slowly take our foot off the gas ever so slightly and allowed MSC Eastham a few opportunities, after switching off when a free kick was given against us MSC pumped the ball up and their striker finished expertly with a well taken lob over Jason McGlaughlin 8-1.
Then moments later Paul Stewart who had just missed by a whisker heading in a Danny Curran Corner, was very harshly adjudged to have conceded a penalty! one it was outside the area and two the lad fell over like he was hit by a tank. Luckily Jason McGlaughlin's goalkeeper's jersey (which he had used the day before skydiving as his parachute) put the penalty taker off and he pulled it wide.
Michael Neish then scored another great finish which capped off a great appearance off the bench from the tall striker, 9-1, unfortunately it could have been even better for Neishy but he just missed an effort which would have given him a deserved hat-trick.
And that's how it finished overall a great display and one the lads can be proud! Tougher tests lie ahead but 6 points from 2 games is a good start.
As this was from memory and no notes were taken (unlike from this point forward), please inform management of any mistakes regarding assists ect, any issues with match report or ratings suck it up and take it like a man!