SFC’s Magnificent Seven
Having piloted the EFL’s Cosmo team to a 6-0 win the week before, Mo Yasin decided to go one better on Saturday. Picking up his Equatorial League clipboard this week, he ensured that SFC’s EFL campaign got off to a flying start, as he masterminded a 7-0 SFC win over St. Andrew’s.
The pre match talk had been dominated by talk of “The Boston Tea Party” vs “The Brexiteers”. Could the US contingent of SFC players of Williams, Hulen, Macklin and Zatto combine and rule the roost over the English stalwarts of Lane, Monaghan, Norfolk and Hemmingway?
The first goal was firmly ‘Made in America’. Matt Hulen’s sublime opening pass to Matt Zatto, with just 1 minute on the clock, meant St. Andrew’s first touch of the game was kicking off at the restart. SFC 1-0.
Not to be outdone, the Albion All Stars responded. Dom Lane fizzing in a sharp cross from the right, a few minutes later, for the rejuvenated Mike Hemmingway to head in. SFC 2-0.
Meanwhile on the left flank Nico Anstee was busy making a name for himself, on debut. The young Antipodean linking well with SFC’s Cameroonian strongman, Collins Mbeutcha.
Anstee’s insightful passing found John Norfolk regularly. The Anglo aliceband admirer twice finishing with panache, having earlier contrived to find the wood work.
Half times oranges were taken with SFC sitting atop of a 4 goal lead.
The second half began as the first half had ended, with new boy Ross Macklin and international globe trotter Matt Hulen at the heart of everything. At the same time Owen Monaghan added some British steel in the centre of the park.
Meanwhile the goals continued to flow. Mike Hemmingway continued his good form by adding another to his tally. Whilst Matt “Prime Time” Zatto also ensured he bagged himself a brace too, until his hamstrings finally got the better of him. SFC 6-0. For the seventh and final goal Jonathan Huang sneaked in to find the net, with a close range header, after further good work by Anstee. SFC 7-0.
The US vs UK debate continued in earnest post match, but the decision for Man of the Match was an easy one for the Manc Maestro; Collins Mbeutcha’s tireless box to box running saw him walk away with the bottle of bubbly.