Barnt Green Spartak 2 Moors Academy 7
Anaebonam nets four on league debut for Moors - by Ronald Crane
It is a cliché that the best teams manage to win when playing badly. This was certainly true of Moors Academy in this match. On a cold, blustery and rainy day at Malthouse Lane, this young Moors side began in sluggish mood.
Inside the first ten minutes they gave away the ball in midfield for the home side to open the scoring. Even so, they continued to perform well below their normal standard. Yet in the midst of all that came a moment of sheer sublime beauty. The ball was moved from back to front with pace and accuracy for Stanley Aborannam to chip the goalkeeper and level the score.
Without really impressing their authority upon the game, Moors did score a second to take the lead. Stanley produced a great cross from the left for Shuja to head home at the far post. Four minutes later Rubyn Gill produced the perfect pass for Stanley to score his second through the goalkeeper’s legs. Three one up and not yet 30 minutes on the clock.
Somehow this did not really correct the catalogue of mistakes that bedevilled the visitors. Sure enough just after the half hour point, indecision in the Moors defence allowed the home side to claw back a goal.
The game now entered a very important phase. A goal for the home side before half-time would change the whole complexion. A minute after Spartak’s second goal a dangerous back pass to Bobbie Biddle was dealt with, but it was really a case of Moors getting away with it.
The home side had a chance from a corner but put the ball wide. At the other end, Sephton was wide from 25 yards, and with two minutes to the break Biddle had to palm away another home corner that was sent right under the visitors bar. Eventually the whistle was blown for the break. Kim Casey and Manager Sam Manoochehri could not wait to get their young charges into the dressing room. Whatever was said, did the trick, for the Moors were a different side for the second period.
Within five minutes of the re-start and another cross from the right, Stanley was on hand to slot home for his hat-trick. 11 minutes later he made it a personal four goals when Shuja’s persistence allowed him to rob the defender and pass to Stanley to score.
There were other chances that fell to a variety of players, but all were not to be. Into the final five minutes, and with the home side tiring, Shuja got his second and Gill the goal his play so richly deserved. Seven to two looks an emphatic win, but it was anything but that. Still, three points on the board and Moors Academy are now up to seventh in the table.
Moors: Biddle: Mbuti: Kendrick; Binner (Bennett): Thomas: Unearthemen: Gill (90+1); Martin; Mahmood (23&86)(Jordan Clarke)’ Stanley (17;28;50&61) Sephton (C) (Campbell) Subs not used Lagui & Panton
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