On Monday evening, the U18’s travelled to South Marston to take on Swindon Supermarine in what turned out to be an absolute barnstormer of a contest.
The match was played at a frantic pace, with both teams looking to be positive from the offset. In the 12th minute, Manor Farm Goalkeeper, Allen, saved superbly to deny the Supermarine forwards’ bending strike. From the resulting corner, Captain, Stenner, was judged to have impeded the Supermarine players’ run and so the referee awarded a penalty. The Supermarine forward fired home. 1-0 Supermarine.
In response, the young farmers continued to play some excellent football, with Tierney and Ponsillo creating a flurry of opportunities, only to be denied by the Supermarine Goalkeeper on several occasions and the woodwork too.
In the 43rd minute, the Supermarine back line was breached when Turner’s reverse pass played in Ponsillo, who was brought down in the box, resulting in a second penalty of the game. Ponsillo made no mistake. 1-1. Game on.
Both teams continued to play with intent in the second half, seeking to use width to craft further opportunities. As the game passed the hour mark, the young farmers took control and began to pepper the Supermarine goal.
In the 71st minute, the pressure applied was rewarded when Jones’ superb delivery from out wide found Stenner, who headed home to put his team in front. 2-1 Manor Farm.
With the clock ticking, Supermarine threw the kitchen sink to get level and must have thought they had scored when their dangerous forward beat the offside trap and riffled the ball from 6 yards out, only to be denied by Manor Farm’s Allen, who made an extraordinary save to his right from close range.