LONDON HIBS 3 Norwich 2

Sunday 2 April 2000

Report by Kevin Robertson


The Proud League Winning Manager

Match Report:

Venue: Barn Elms

Time 2.30pm

Referee: Tony Wise

John Leslie (9)

Leon Ashford (9) Jim McPherson (9.5) Mark Grice (9) Lee Steer (9.5)

Aidan McGettigan (9.75) Jason Steer (9) Adam Pomaro (9.5) Russell Stinson(9)

Gerry Vavasour (9.5) Paul Goodlad (9)

Substitutes

James Allan (Russell Stinson) 9

Dave Lawlor

Andy Hardy (Paul Goodlad) 9.25

The immediacy, the impact is gone writing this report three weeks after the event. However this was a powerful victory. Norwich went into a well-deserved early lead when their pacey forward left our centre back floundering easily slotting passed a despairing Leslie.

Another in a similar vain then followed this, a flat back four exposed to pace resulting in another goal. Two down and the league all but conceded to Rangers, but wait a minute we were in a position to win the league because we were a skilful resilient side and so it showed, with the ball being swung in from the right for Russell to head home and make it 1-2 at Half time.

Half Time: 1-2

Second half team talk seemed to do the trick, basic question do you want to finish this season with nothing to show for it and of course the small matter of a London Hibs final position to play for.

Out we came ripping them apart, the challenges from Leon particularly inspiring on their rather angry left back. Russell had been subbed due to him twisting and turning beyond his bodyís ability to respond. James Allen came on. 10 Minutes in was perhaps the most amazing substitution of the season. Yes Bambi; prancer; Hardy playing up front.

Very quickly we were tearing in them with a cross from the right again being met by Jason Steer making it two each. From this point onward the waves of attacking play were thwarted by a combination of some slack passing and tremendous keeping from the Norwich guvínor.

The increasing desperation of this Norwich side resulted in a free kick outside the box committed incidentally by the left back that was getting a large does of physical stick from Leon and physical stick from me.

The languid Pomaro stepped up and with the keeper slightly off his line or narrowing his angles J Adsyp sweeping the ball goal ward with drive and float descending irreversibly into the goal and concluding the best league campaign of London Hibs ever.

Match View

We showed we could fight in this game and that we wanted victory more than them. Though boy did they try, perhaps Iíll shut up next season because although the wind up works on some players on others it makes them play beyond themselves.

Aidan gets man of the match being involved in all three goals to some extent, his powerful running epitomized our intent. Well done Aido.

PHOTO GALLERY

Action from the London Hibs v Norwich game

London Hibs Football Team - Winners of the APFSCIL League 1999-2000
London Hibs Football Team - Winners of the APFSCIL League 1999-2000


SKY were there for their non league highlights programme


The goal that won the game - and eventually the League!

Celebrating in the Pitcher and Piano pub in Fulham

Celebrating in the Pitcher and Piano pub in Fulham

Celebrating in the Pitcher and Piano pub in Fulham

Celebrating in the Pitcher and Piano pub in Fulham

Celebrating in the Pitcher and Piano pub in Fulham

Celebrating in the Pitcher and Piano pub in Fulham

Celebrating in the Pitcher and Piano pub in Fulham

 

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