Giants 2021 - 2022

Sunday 12th September 2021

Langton Giants 9 - 0 Hurstpierpoint - MYSFL Cup - 1st Round
James D x 4, Simba x3, Tom G, Tom A

Squad: James H, Max, Patrick, Jack, Tom G, Conor, Tom A, Alf, McKinley, James D, Simba, Ollie, Brodie

Our final ever season got underway today, a week later than expected due to Covid issues, but it was worth waiting for as the boys put on a mesmerising display of football that belied the disrupted nature of the pre-season. With this being the first round of the cup that we won last season we were keen to get a win, and things got off to the perfect start, with a fantastic team goal scored in the first minute. Played out from the back the ball transitioned through the midfield, Conor fed McKinley on the left who instantly delivered the perfect ball for James D to stab home and get us up and running. Alf set James D for his and the teams second, this one a brilliant looping effort over the keepers head into the roof of the net from the edge of the box. Alf then was creater again, but Ollie's well struck shot was tipped onto the cross bar superbly by the oppositions keeper. Two nil at half time.

The boys really stepped it up in the second half, McKinley went on one of his many powerful runs down the left wing and again found the perfect ball, this time for Tom G to crash home at the back post. Simba hit the cross bar from Tom G's cross but didn't have to wait long to get amongst the goals, scoring twice a few minutes apart, both following great build up play involving Alf, Max and Tom A to take the score to 5-0. The defence, mostly Ollie, Jack, Patrick and Max were in complete control whenever Hurstpierpoint threatened, with James H having very little involvement in terms of shot-stopping but actively involved with his feet through out. Patrick strode out from defence, carried the ball through the midfield and fed the perfect ball into the path of James D to finish neatly and secure his hatrick. Tom G was denied by an outstanding save before James D grabbed his 4th and the teams 7th thanks to an Ollie assist once Conor had won the ball and found him with a great through ball. Tom A was felled by the keeper, picked himself up and slammed the resulting penalty into the top corner (yes, we really did score a penalty) before Simba got on the end of an Ollie cross to wrap up the scoring.

So a great start to the season, James D and Simba both securing hatricks but if we gave away man-of-the-match awards (we don't) it would have undoubtedly gone to McKinley who was outstanding all game long on his competetive debut for the team.