LONDON HIBS 7 Doncaster Rovers 3


Report by Adam Pomaro


Doncaster Rovers 3 vs. London Hibs 7

Sunday 17th Sept.  Venue: Barn Elm's

 A fine result achieved with only 10 men throughout proves our undoubted ability but masks some poor commitment.  John Leslie and Lee Steer let the rest of the team down badly and against stronger opposition we would have dropped points.  We also lost a good chance to really increase the goal difference column which could prove vital come the end of the season.
With several players away for the weekend or injured we were down to the bare bones and those who played made it look like we had the extra man and not them.  Initially Luke played alone up front with the emphasis on the midfield to offer the requisite support.  This they did admirably.  After a few early scares Hibs began to exert some pressure of their own and our first goal soon resulted.  Paul Goodlad chased a diagonal through ball from Gerry V and challenged their goalie colliding in the process.  Their defender cleared the ball straight to Adam, fully 40 yards from goal and he chipped the ball over the covering defender and into the net.  Doncaster cried cheat saying Adam should put the ball out (after their player had the chance to) but the referee saw the goal fit and Hibs led 1-0.  Luke was soon off injured leaving us down to 9 until Don Shanks (very ex QPR) arrived to ensure 10 players again.
A three goal blitz midway through the first half saw us take complete control.  Firstly Adam rifled home a free kick from 35 yards (honestly) and then converted the first of many penalties, after their defender had handled a corner taking it off James head, to complete his first hat-trick.  Graeme immediately extended our advantage with a fine finish dummying the 'keeper before slotting home.  We conceded a sloppy goal on half time but 4-1 was a lead we weren't going to throw away.
The second half was a tale of penalties.  After Donny pulled another back straight after half time they gifted us another penalty in  
identical circumstances to the first and Adam duly dispatched the kick.  By now Graeme's power and Paul's pace were giving their defence a torrid afternoon and  we looked like scoring every time we attacked.  Two more penalties arrived after a foul on Graeme and another handball both with the same result giving Adam a double hat-trick.  John Stevenson had an outstanding game at the back alongside the ever reliable Jim McPherson.  James not only defended well but got forward at every opportunity negating the need for a right sided midfielder.  His passing was excellent and a well deserved first goal was surely denied him only by a defender's arm.  Unfortunately he has now returned to university and will be sorely missed and Christmas.  Dave looked good when he kept things simple and the midfield combined energy and tactical nous to good effect.  The front two had a field day.
A great result despite the circumstances leaves us top of the embryonic league.  I apologise to everyone for the lateness of confirming the match due to the petrol problems.  This won't happen again.  We have the makings of an even stronger side than last season but remember that talent is nothing without commitment - just look at Chelsea.
Team: Bryn Thomas, James Allen, John Stevenson, Jim McPherson, David Lawlor, Adam Pomaro, Gerry Vavasour, Graeme Thompson, Paul Goodlad, Luke Pomaro (Don Shanks).
MOM: Everyone   



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