St Mary’s hosted Benfield today in their first league game of the 2017-18 season. The boys started brightly and took a deserved lead when some good pressure from Jamie Mundy led to a simple tap in for Sam Lievesley. Benfield hit back quickly and despite a fine save from Joe Ferguson the attacker quickly followed up to tap home the rebound. A defensive mistake from a Benfield goal kick then left a simple 1v1 for the Benfield striker and he made no mistake, slotting the ball past Joe to make the score 2-1. St Mary’s didn’t let their heads drop and were driven forward by the new central midfield pairing of Alex Warton and Jack Pilling. Ben Jubb made a tremendous run down the left and played a fantastic cross to Jamie Mundy. Despite his size Jamie rose above the defence and finished superbly to level the score with an excellent header. St Mary’s started to dominate possession and began to attack regularly, taking the lead with another well taken Jamie Mundy goal to make the score 3-2 at half time.
Ethan Kortenbach settled well at centre half alongside John Carr and the pair worked well to keep Benfield at bay in the early stages of the second half. More excellent work from the midfield set Jamie through again and he made no mistake to make the score 4-2, completing an excellent hat-trick. Benfield wouldn’t go away and quickly got back into the game however, with a well taken finish making the score 4-3. St Mary’s continued to attack well and Jamie Mundy scored his 4th, finishing nicely after the Benfield keeper had blocked his initial shot well. Caleb Lowery and Toby Caisley came on and both were fantastic, making countless interceptions and doing their best to hold on to the lead with some excellent tackling. With 5 minutes to go Benfield piled on the pressure and only an outstanding save from Joe Ferguson kept the score at 5-3, diving full stretch to his left and getting fingertips to the ball to tip it round the post. Benfield had their rewards shortly after when a rash challenge gave away a needless penalty. An excellent finish buried the ball in the bottom corner leaving St Mary’s a nervous 4 minutes to hold on to seal their first win in 3 years. The boys worked hard and despite some nervous moments clung on to seal the win 5-4.
There were some excellent performances from all involved, particularly Jamie Mundy (4 goals)and Ethan Kortenbach, but Alex Warton making his first start in central midfield was a deserved Man of the Match for his all- round display.
MOM – Alex Warton
Joseph Ferguson, Will Campbell, John Carr, Ethan Kortenbach, Thomas Storey, Matthew Dyter, Jack Pilling, Alex Warton, Ben Jubb, Sam Lievesley, Jamie Mundy, Toby Caisley, Damon Baghi, James Keller, Joshua Williamson, Caleb Lowery, Daniel Hawkins.