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2017/18 Season - Hackney and Leyton League Division 1

Vs Birkbeck Orient A (Away) 17th September 2017

Boys in Green make it 2 wins in 2

Birkbeck Orient A (1) – Boston Celtics (4)

Bobby (2)
Tom S (1)
Jack S (1)

Tom (GK) (C)
Grace, Pete, Jake
Carl, Matt, Tom, Berat, Ibo
Jack, Paul

Subs: Leigh, Ricky, Kevin, Bobby


Matthew Leung

Match Report

Sticking with the tactical genius that is the Boston Celtics 3-5- 2, the gaffer made some
changes from last week’s win due to some absentees.

Boston started strong, much-like the whole of the first half, with first class passing football
starting from the GK all the way through to the strikers. Jack linked up well from the centre
forward role with the wing backs on both sides creating space and driving to the by-line on
numerous occasions. Boston made use of the space between the Birkbeck lines and could
have been 2 goals ahead before the first goal was scored.

2 of the early chances fell to man of the match Matt (some fans were heard saying “Matt of
the match”) of which the first was a blinding sitter that should have put Boston in front – in
fairness the second chance was a much more difficult finish to execute from good build up
play on the right hand side.

After great build up play in the midfield Jack was slotted through by Berat with a cutting
through ball which was slotted home calmly by the lively Jack. Even the opposition were
dazzled early on with phrases complimenting the Boston start such as “These boys ain’t no
mugs,” which was a fitting comment for sure.

The second came from a mix up in the Birkbeck defence as they failed to clear from a throw
in and up stepped Tom to pick it out of the air and volley first time in to the net, ending
Tom’s days as a ‘pea-shooter’ and rising as a Gerrard-esque (or Jed Wallace for the Millwall
fans) goal scorer. The Slade brothers’ first half performances deserves special mention with
Jack’s lively and tormenting display in comparison to his brother’s disciplined and composed
ball playing efforts.

Boston could have easily been 4 or 5 up by the break but were pleased to have a
comfortable lead to take in to half time after a dominant midfield performance that
controlled the game and created plenty of chances with Berat’s vision.

The Slade brothers were replaced at half time as they obviously had their priorities
completely wrong as they headed to West London to watch a bore-draw premier league
match between two mediocre teams.

Birkbeck made the most of a sloppy Boston start to the second half and creating much more
chances than they did in the first half, winning more of the midfield duels than they did in
the first half. Birkbeck had were in and around the area but never looked like scoring with a
disciplined defensive display and with Tom (GK) quick off his line when called upon to mop
up any threatening through balls.

Boston made it 3 shortly in to the second half through a deflected free kick assist that
Birkbeck protested was offside but Bobby made no doubt to play to the whistle and finish
calmly making an instant impact.

The fourth came from the super sub Bobby again with a classy lobbed finish over the
Birkbeck Goalkeeper against the run of play.

Although he rarely moved more than 10 yards, Bobby created plenty of chances and seen a
speculative curling effort creep over the crossbar and later a snapshot one on one with the
opportunity as he hunted for a hat-trick.

Birkbeck secured their consolation goal that had been coming with the second half pressure
from a young skilful winger on the right. He shifted the ball on to his stronger foot and
whipped the ball in to the far corner.

The final whistle shortly followed rounding off a solid Boston Celtic display to continue their
100% record in Division 1 following back to back promotions.
Man of the match Matt was presented his celebratory pint back at Four Quarters where the
boys had their weekly (boozy) Fifa tournament.