Wed 19th November 2003 Garnett A 2 (1) vs. (0) 0 Athletico Jizzmen
Garnet A's 2-0 second round cup victory against Athletico Jizzmen was one of the best Green and Black performances in recent memory. Every player had a case for the man of the match award. Here's how they faired:
Poole-7: Solid as ever. Didn't have a save to make, but any crosses or merely speculative efforts that the Jizzmen resorted to were dealt with comfortably.
Martin-8: Back to his best after his uncharacteristic mishaps the week before. Dominating in the air as always and didn't give last weeks four goal hero Barnet a sniff with some crunching, and superbly timed challenges.
Ingham-9 Showed why he was one of the first names pencilled in for the A's squad during selection at the start of the campaign. Having been one of the less convincing players the week before, Ingham showed real character this week to put in a truly superb defensive performance with strong challenges and impressive distribution. Made the dangerous Jizzmen strike force look ordinary.
Mullen-10 As close to a perfect performance as you're likely to see in intra-mural football. Mullen has been a revelation this season. Handed the responsibility of being in charge of the back three before the game, he took to this role like a duck to water. His superb touch, great tackling, aerial domination and intelligent use of the ball come as standard from the impressive fresher but the slick, long and short, cultured passing gave the A's a new dimension of counter-attacking options on the day, which the Jizzmen couldn't deal with.
Turner-8 Back to his best having been frustrated last week by a mixture of poor service to the flanks by the A's and a definite dip in form. Turner has been one of the success stories this season after setting high standards for himself with a number of man of the match performances. His passion and determination were ever-present (as always) in this massive cup tie, but his excellent deliveries particularly from corners were a constant head-ache for the Jizzmen defence.
Sammons-10: A complete performance. Staked a huge claim to be in the starting line up every week. An attacking threat throughout the game with superb early deliveries and mazy runs that cut through the opposition. Perhaps the one player that the Jizzmen simply couldn't contain. Alongside this immaculate attacking display, Sammons never once shirked out of a tackle either with hits that Alex Martin would have been proud of! Great game!
Burke-Murphy -9: The veteran in the side showed why he has always been a key player in the A's set up. His typically unceasing work rate and unselfish passing are what you come to expect from the most senior member of the squad, but his increasing verbal contribution particularly in this game gives Burk-Murphy another dimension to his game. He was the foil of many potential Jizzmen attacks throughout.
Mercer-8 Handed a similar role to Mullen at the start of the match being in charge of the mid-field trio, Mercer thrived on the added responsibility. Mercer provided the A's with such an intimidating and commanding presence (as always) many of the stifled opposition clearly threw the towel in early in the game as they simply had no answer to his Keane-esque dominance.
Rogers-9: Added a touch of class to the outstanding midfield trio. Rogers has given manager Alexander no choice but to start him following his amazing return to fitness and form. He showed great awareness on the ball and won many 50-50s off it. The sign of a great player is one who never gives the ball away; this certainly looked the case for Rogers on the day.
Bell-9: Always likely to get you a goal. It was hard to believe that after such a lay off with injury Bell put in such an acute, sophisticated striker's performance. His movement and great link up play were catalysts in most Garnett attacks. He deserved his goal, which broke the deadlock just before half time.
Dawson-10: Did everything except score and as his first have screamer smacked the cross bar he'll wonder how he didn't. A total handful for the Jizzmen defence. He was involved in virtually every attack holding the ball up and running the line which he does so well. Dawson, a player who possibly doesn't get enough credit for his touch and ability on the ball, will be sorely missed when he goes on placement after this arguable man of the match performance.
Vic-7 It was obviously very hard to take any one off in this memorable team performance but Vic has been impressive since his arrival and deserved a part in this landmark victory. A few nice touches including a classy back heel added to the mardi gras style, champagne football Garnett adopted in the last 20 minutes.
Alexander-10(!): It is hard to envisage one player having
such an impact in just 4 minutes but Alexander managed it! He was just
different class! Playing through a niggling injury, he was still vital
moments ahead of the game which has proved so devastating in the past.
What a player!
Team: J.Poole, M.Sammons (MoM), D.Mullan, T.Ingham,
A.Martin (c), D.Mercer, T.Burke-Murphy, D.Alexander, Adam Bell 1, C.Dawson,