Essex Olympian League – Premier Division
Venue: Garon Park [3G]
2019 – 20 Season: Match 53
Saturday 25th January 2020 – 2.30pm KO
Old Southendian: Green Shirts, Black Shorts, Green Socks
Catholic Utd: Blue Shirts, Blue Shorts, Blue Socks
OS secure a big win against promotion-chasing Catholic Utd at Garon Park
Old Southendian 4 – 0 Catholic Utd
Match Report & Photos by Scott W [Twitter: @ScottMHC14]
This weekend’s Non-League took me to Garon Park in Southend to see a match with ramifications for both ends of the Essex Olympian League Premier Division table as promotion-chasing Catholic Utd made the short trip to Garon Park to face relegation-threatened Old Southendian. Both sides had lost their last three matches though before kick-off, the ‘Super Hoops’ were joint-highest goal-getters in this division this term which speaks volumes about the threat they pose. Anyway, onto the line-up’s and with manager Connor Lane unavailable due to family commitments, assistant David Tubbs stood in as ‘gaffer’ for the day. He named a back four of skipper John Nutman, Ed Gould plus centre-backs Connor Burrows and Matt Wilson. Ex- Burnham Ramblers pair Luke Moloney and Ryan Stillwell were the midfield heartbeat, with Elliot Hemmings and Stuart Paton on the flanks. Mattias Tonking and Jed Hackling were among the options on the bench. Catholic Utd named Daniel Boosey between the posts with regular stopper Louis Godwin-Green suspended. A back three of Max Kent, Bradley Vaughan and Alfie Larkin were supported by anchor midfielder & captain Thomas Kearney. Aaron Baldwin and Simon Thomas led the line with Casum Tiffin, Franklin Craik and boss Dan Trenkel himself completing their substitutes.
Onto the match itself then and in the early stages, it was the ‘Super Hoops’ who had the bulk of the possession and making some headway down the channels though the wary OS backline did well to cut out the centres from the flanks. With 14 minutes played, Catholic Utd should really have taken the lead as forward Aaron Baldwin managed to evade the onrushing home custodian Charlie Mellin though his low shot was well-cleared by a covering home defender on the line. Seconds later, winger Mike Sammut did well to weave past two defenders cutting inside before his strike cannoned off the base of the left-side post. The hosts were sweating after that let-off though on 18 minutes, they took a surprise lead. From a right-sided corner, Os forward Nick Henesy snuck in at the near post and finished neatly to give David Tubbs’ side an encouraging advantage, against the run of play at that point.
Chances then started to come somewhat more freely for sides, as mere minutes after the opening goal, a fierce drive from Sammut from fifteen yards was well-parried away by Mellin before at the other end, OS forward Nico Dubouchet fired wide from a promising position, twelve yards out. The hosts extended their advantage on 26 minutes as moments after a free-kick had hit a post, the ball was recycled and sent back into the danger area where Dubouchet fired home with some vigour into the left-side corner past Boosey. It could’ve been worse for the visitors as on the half-hour, Old Southendian had a goal chalked off as from a peach of a right-wing cross by winger Stuart Paton, Dubouchet again struck home – only problem was the officials ruled he was off-side. Moments later, a corner for the visitors taken short ended with a dangerous centre finding physical forward Simon Thomas, who couldn’t direct his header on target.
As we neared the end of the half, Catholic Utd were still looking to come forward, although their passing had on occasion deserted them. Another key moment right before the break as Baldwin broke the off-side trap though he could only send a tame effort towards goal which Mellin got down to gather.
Half-Time: Old Southendian 2 – 0 Catholic Utd
Thus far the match was certainly more lively than the onset of freezing wind. Into the second half, and we didn’t have to wait long for a crucial goal. OS midfielder Ryan Stillwell did superbly to ghost past at least two defenders before taking a touch and finishing coolly past Boosey to notch a third goal for Old Southendian. It was very well-taken and would not have been out-of-place in Steps 4 and 5, it was that well-crafted. The over-worked Boosey was called into action again moments later to deny another goal-bound effort by Henesy.
Much to their credit, the visitors kept going and had chances though skipper Thomas Kearney and wing-back Harley Kee could only fire wide of target. Baldwin had another headed effort comfortably gathered by Mellin before OS got a fourth to round out the scoring on 72 minutes. Visting stopper Boosey did well to deny an initial strike by Dubouchet though Henesy was in the ‘right place, right time’ to stroke home the rebound, much to delight of his team-mates. The game wasn’t entirely up though as Catholic pushed forward in the latter stages. Substitute Franklin Craik’s powerful drive was well denied by Mellin. Forward Luke Trice showed purpose and desire to outpace the home backline but he was frustrated, as the Os backline tracked back well, led by centre-back Connor Burrows and put their bodies on the line to snuff out the danger as best they could. With moments remaining, home substitute Matt Tonking had another effort well-saved by Boosey before Baldwin blasted over for the visitors.
Full-Time: Old Southendian 4 – 0 Catholic Utd
The hosts will take a huge amount of confidence from the performance, as well as the result. The ‘Super Hoops’ were below their high standards on the day though it says a bit for their ability that they still could have had two or three goals here. Onto the stand-out performers and firstly for OS, I have to credit centre-back Connor Burrows, who was immense. A number of interceptions and good tracking back were among his contributions to the game and certainly did have a big say in his side getting a clean sheet too. Centre forward Nick Henesy was also impressive again, as was Ryan Stillwell in midfield. Winger Elliot Hemmings was also a good creative outlet for David Tubbs’ side, while forward Nico Dubouchet also did well.
For Catholic Utd, skipper Thomas Kearney led his side well with customary determination and good passing, with centre-back Alfie Larkin showing good positioning too. Goalkeeper Daniel Boosey also did well clawing away a few dangerous set-pieces as well as making decent saves, and loanee Bowers & Pitsea U23 forward Luke Trice showed his energy and desire, particularly in the second half so you understand why he has got goals in this side this term.
Finally, my thanks to the hosts for the kind welcome they gave upon arrival. I’d like to wish both teams well for the rest of their respective seasons.
Old Southendian | Stand-in Manager: David Tubbs | Assistant: Ollie Thursby
Starting XI: 1 Charlie Merrin (GK), 2 John Nutman (Capt), 3 Ed Gould, 4 Luke Moloney, 5 Connor Burrows, 6 Matt Wilson, 7 Stuart Paton, 8 Ryan Stillwell, 9 Nico Dubouchet, 10 Nick Henesy, 11 Elliot Hemmings
Goal-scorer: Nick Henesy [18’ & 72’], Nico Dubouchet [26’], Ryan Stillwell [47’]
Subs On: 15 Mattias Tonking, 16 Jed Hackling | Subs Not Used: Kernott, DaCosta
Catholic Utd | Player-Manager: Dan Trenkel
Starting XI: 1 Daniel Boosey (GK), 2 Patrick Kearney, 3 Harley Kee, 14 Max Kent, 5 Bradley Vaughan, 17 Alfie Larkin, 7 Thomas Kearney (Capt), 8 Luke Trice, 9 Aaron Baldwin, 18 Simon Thomas, 11 Mike Sammut
Subs On: 10 Franklin Craik, 4 Casum Tiffin | Sub Unused: Trenkel
Referee: David Tregaskes