Errors Cost Pirates Dear As Kolts Take The Spoils
(Sunday 15th March 2015)
On a week when 18 of the 26 man squad were unavailable for selection this game was always going to be a tough one for The Pirates, playing a team 4th in the table, but never the less a spirited performance would come & in truth a harsh final scoreline looking back when all was done.
Manager Carpenter had to shuffle both the personnel & formation for the game with the number of absentees, a 3-5-2 was put in place, with Andy Brettell returning to join Brad Smith & James Ewing in the back 3, Steve Lacy, Aaron Reed & Paul Millar also returned to the starting XI. With usual Captain Enda Hannigan missing Sam Bruty was given the Captaincy after a string of great performances.
The game got under way, The Pirates kicking from right to left in the 1st period. It would be the home side that made the 1st impact on the game, just 2mins on the clock, A freekick wide on the left hand side of the pitch was awarded, which was swung in by Brad Smith, Sam Bruty rising highest at the back post to head narrowly wide, the keeper was nowhere! Only 3mins later another chance would come & go, Steve Lacy whipping in a near post corner, which was flicked on by Jimmy Williams, only for Aaron Reed to shoot over from the edge of the box. Corners were proving a source of pressure for The Pirates, on 11mins another Lacy corner would result in another missed opportunity, this time Dave Isaacs firing over from the angle. It had been a positive start.
Despite the pressure a goal just wasn’t coming for The Pirates, yet another Lacy corner on 23mins was headed goalwards by Brad Smith only for the keeper to make the save & clutch the rebound tightly. It was becoming clear that a chance would need to be taken, or the fear of being punished on the break would loom large, it was to prove the case on 28mins. An attack down the Pirates left hand channel resulted in a speculative cross coming in towards goal & after a miss communication between Defenders & Keeper Rhys Jones the ball bobbled out to the 6yard box & was turned in low at the near post, it was 0-1, much against the run of play. The Pirates were not going to lay down though, heading in to the half-time break they created one last chance to level the scores, with James Ewing playing the ball forward to Aaron Reed who fed Jimmy Williams down the right channel, he produced a superb cross to Dave Isaacs who again saw His shot well saved, the Home side were disappointed to go in at the break 1 behind but felt sure the game wasn’t dead.
The 2nd period got under way & the men in Red were quickly on the offensive, Manager Carpenter making it clear during the half-time talk that this game was still anyone’s, after 51mins came the 1st opening, Callum Knight winning the ball in the centre of the park, feeding Paul Millar, who’s superb through ball released Captain for the day Sam Bruty, who’s strength & determination got Him a sight of goal but shot agonisingly wide of the far post, a beautiful move, only the finish lacked. “mins later another opening & yet more frustration, a long throw in from James Ewing was flicked towards goal by Paul Millar only to see His header brilliantly saved by the opposing goal keeper with the rebound dropping inches over the bar. It was to be The Pirates last chance to get back in the game.
As the 2nd half wore on it was clear Keyham were beginning to gain the advantage, on 62mins they had a goal seemingly incorrectly ruled out for offside, but only a minute later they got their 2nd goal, Dave Isaacs penalised for a foul on the centre forward in the box, though in truth it looked a more than soft penalty award as the Keyham man appeared to fall into Isaacs rather than the other way around, never the less the penalty was converted for 0-2 & it was a tall order for The Pirates to claim anything in the game now. The legs were clearly fading heading in to the closing period, subs were made, Callum Knight having to be replaced as He had to shoot off to work! Further subs were made, with Aaron Reed & Dave Isaacs also given a breather, Sean Cross was brought on as afurther attacker as was Steve Tapper who made His 1st ever Pirates appearance.
The last 15mins had ticked around, The Pirates were doing their best to get that chance that would make the final minutes a fight, but despite chances for Ryan Dainty, Jimmy Williams & Brad Smith the goal simply wouldn’t come & on 77mins the game was put to bed with a 3rd Keyham goal, a corner from the right hand side wasn’t dealt with & the unfortunate Jones was beaten to the ball by the attacker to nod home, 0-3 & the game was over.
A disappointing end to a game that promised much for The Pirates.
To sum this match up one word could be used, frustration. Despite Keyham starting the game 3rd in the table The Pirates were in strong belief that they were beatable, the early chances spurned cost dear in the end, much like the game vs Need-A-Cab a few weeks back, the plus points were how well the team adopted the 3-5-2 formation & indeed how well they attacked the opposition, but being hyper critical the Boys simply have to learn to take the chances in winnable games early, something that is being worked on in training & remains only a small hurdle to over come. Next up for the team is the 2nd game of Group B in the Supplementary Cup at Home to Division 3 rivals Smeaton Homes on Sunday the 29th March, another team that can & should be beatable. COYP.
The Man Of The Match award this week goes to Jimmy Williams. His tireless running, ball winning & desire to make the difference really shone through in today’s match, other than for some bad luck & breaks of the ball he could well have bagged a goal & set up 3 Himself! Jimmy has made an instant impact since returning to The Pirates on a Full-Time basis & leads by example for others to follow, the only downside is post game we learned His season would now be over due to a persistent groin injury. We hope he recovers well & kicks on again in Pre-Season. Congrats Jimmy.
Goal Scorers: N/A
Jones, Ewing, Brettell, Smith, Reed, Lacy, Bruty (C), Millar, Isaacs, Williams, Knight.
Dainty, Cross, Tapper.
Man Of The Match: Jimmy Williams