LONDON HIBS 5 DONCASTER ROVERS 1

Sunday 14 January 2001

Venue: Barn Elms (Richmond Side)

Date: 25th February 2001

Team

Paul (9.25)

Kev Ford (9.5)  Robert Ruth (9.5)  Jim McPherson (9.5) Neil Henty (9.75)

Leon Ashford (9.25) Russell Stinson (9.25) Adam Pomaro (9.25) Leigh Everett (9.25)

David Drysdale (9.25) Grant Ross (9.25)

Substitutes:

Paul Goodland on for Adam Pomaro (9)
Paul Thomson
Graeme Thompson on for Grant Ross (9)
Gerry Vavasour on for Dave Drysdale (9)

Scorers:

Neil Henty
Grant Ross
Graeme Thompson
Gerry Vavasour
Jim McPherson

Match Review

This was like a Ferrari racing a mini, but the Ferrari was rusted up in most parts. Serious damage was done over Christmas thatís for sure and for most of the team I can vouch for it personally.

Doncaster was suffering from absentees or their foreign correspondents, that only return for cup games apparently. Rob and Kevin were outstanding at the back and Paul our stand in keeper did well. The team looked immaculate in their new strips, with a full squad available, seeing the return of Gerry V after his horrific Wembley injury.

Slowly but surely we began to assert our control over a weak Donny team (sorry Kev). The forwards in Dave and Grant were woefully rusty and it took an on form and man of the match Neil Henty to come storming up from the rear and blasting home from the left back position. Excellent goal. This sparked a wake up for the other players and Grant similarly struck home with the tired legs in the centre Russell and Leigh slowly getting to grips with the pace of the game. Half time the game finished 1-2

Second Half

Gerry V started on for Dave and immediately made an impact, just those flowing locks alone are enough to scare opponents. Jim pushed up from the back to play wherever he wanted too. The next 45 minutes have an extreme comedic element to them. I have never been at a game so one sided, the amount of chances created were unbelievable.  Ultimately Graeme, who came on for Grant, rifled home to make it 3-1. Jim then followed up to ensure another from on the right, the move starting in the right back position. Finally Gerry V who was beginning to show elements of class again got in position to make it 5-1 game over and the Hibs engine ticking over a little bit more effectively than it was at the start of the game

Happy New Year and three points in the bag!!!!

Man of the Match

Neil Henty tremendous tackling passing and a wonderful opening goal means this awards goes to Neil and acknowledges the efforts both backs gave in sparking the creativity of the team, after what was an arduous Christmas

Summary

A solid rather than emphatic performance, it was good to see the team in their new pristine strips and Gerry V to return. It was also enjoyable to see Bryn Thomas returning to support he team after the disaster against Ireland.

Well Done

Kevin Robertson

President London Hibernian Football Team

 

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