Edenthorpe’s first league match of the season was a home tie against Branton on a warm sunny Sunday morning.
The first quarter saw Edenthorpe start quickly and pepper the Branton goal with shot after shot but the Branton keeper remained solid, keeping everything out. The pressure told eventually though as Diyar Mahmud broke through to open the scoring, quickly followed by Liam Cresswell to make it 2-0 Edenthorpe at the end of the first quarter!
The second quarter saw some good defending from Archie McCormack and good midfield runs from Charlie Greenwood & Bradley Tattersall keep Branton occupied, with Finley Cordingley lurking at the edge of the Branton area ready to capitalize on any loose balls, seeing it through to half time.
The second half started brightly for Edenthorpe with Cresswell netting his second to make it 3-0, before Mahmud added 2 more to his goal tally to send Edenthorpe into a 5-0 lead! Branton’s luck appeared to change when they were awarded a penalty but Edenthorpe’s goalkeeping hero Kosta Papazoglou saved the shot and pounced on the rebound to keep Branton out.
The last quarter was full of frantic action as Branton pressurized to get a goal, but a freekick on the edge of the Branton box saw Archie McCormack strike a clean shot into the net – 6-0 Edenthorpe! A late corner saw a good delivery from McCormack cause a goalmouth scramble resulting in Mahmud getting a 4th and Edenthorpe’s 7th!
Final score Edenthorpe 7 – 0 Branton.
A great performance from the whole team with everyone contributing to a fantastic season opening result! Lets keep working hard for each other and push on to our next game against Finningley Harriers. Well Done Boys!
Man Of The Match – Kosta Papazoglou