Youth is never wasted on the young
Saturday had been billed as Singapore Football Club meets all things Irish. However, with SFC versus Gaelic Lions sadly being postponed, it meant SFC only had the one fixture. That was against Gaelic Feckers.
To get into the right frame of mind, SFC’s scribe had started to revisit Ireland’s great literary minds. In particular George Bernard Shaw. “Youth is wasted on the young” GBS once reflected. If he’d been at GEMS Academy on Saturday, however, he’d have quickly withdrawn such a barb.
SFC arrived bristling with a hoard of teenage talents, in the form of Matt McCole, Ivor Teagle, Malcolm Amour, and Nico Anstee.
McCole quickly got into the thick of things, against his old club, and was unlucky not to open the scoring. The Scot wriggling free of his defender after five minutes, before his shot was well saved. Meanwhile, at the back, Nico Anstee was operating with the calmest of minds and distributing the ball with total authority.
The game’s first goal came from some hard work down the right flank. SFC stalwarts Jahan Rezai and Ross Plain linking well, before Rezai received the ball back on the edge of the box to slot the ball neatly past the Gaelic keeper. 1-0 SFC.
The second goal followed shortly afterward. Rezai striking again from a similar position to double the lead. 2-0.
Gaelic then began to sit back as the midfield trio of Walter, Dashnyam and the spritely Teagle took hold of the game. Ross Plain was the beneficiary of some calm build-up play, before receiving the ball and tucking the ball away for a third goal for the Beauty Queens. 3-0 SFC.
SFC briefly took their foot off the gas, for 2-3 minutes, and Gaelic took advantage. A free-kick from the edge of the SFC box looked to be heading wide, but instead struck the foot of the post. The ball then cannoned back across the goalmouth, in slow motion, for an easy tap in for the Gaelic striker. 3-1.
Unhappy with conceding, Tim Walter decided to take matters into his own hands. Switzerland’s answer to the Milky Bar kid won a corner, before nailing a bullet header at the near post. 4-1 to SFC as the whistle blew for half time.
The second half commenced with the introduction of Malcolm Amour at center-half and part-time Key Grip Ross Macklin, in central midfield. Both players added additional vigor to SFC’s build-up play, which resulted in Plain adding a second to his tally. The scoreline now reading 5-1.
The goals continued to flow. McCole, who has worked tirelessly down the right flank, finally got his reward. Some great work by Teagle, to win the ball deep in his own half, meant the ball eventually found its way to McCole. The talented Scotsman calmly finished from 9 yards out, to make it 6-1.
At the back meanwhile, the newly formed A-Team of “Anstee & Amour” continued to brush aside any Gaelic counter attacks.
The final goal of the afternoon fell to Ross Plain, as he converted a deft through ball from Dashnyam. The Somerset striker, basking in his current purple patch, has 6 goals in his last 3 outings.
As the final whistle blew numerous players, including Rezai, Dashnyam and Plain could have rightfully laid claim to the Man of the Match award. However SFC’s Coach Yasin, who has never heard of George Bernard Shaw, rightly recognized the perfect performance of youngster Nico Anstee.
Man of the Match: Nico Anstee