St Clement full of power and style
ST MARTIN’S weekend double-header at Northfield brought more misery in the Under 16 ‘Upton’.
The Jersey champions’ extra class took time to take hold in their 2-0 triumph, but despite a couple of late near-miss the black and whites were clearly second best to St Clement.
The game was also notable for the penultimate ‘male’ game on Island soil for Brighton bound Maya Le Tissier, who expected to play her last game for the club in this week’s Normandie Cup final.
Here she was in her customary central midfield role, playing alongside the left-footed Jake Lowe, but in terms of home side expectation it was the front duo of Cal Le Lacheur and Charlie Driscoll many eyes were turned to.
Driscoll had an early effort blocked at close range while for St Clement No. 10 Tom Harris looks a player and it required a crude Harry de Mouilpied challenge to stop him in the early proceedings.
Le Tissier was soon barking her orders to the back four to adopt a higher line and, on the ball, her slide rule pass put Driscoll in momentarily.
With two defences on top the opening quarter lacked any great quality or threat on either goal until Fraser Maginnis prodded goalwards and it required a desperate goal-line clearance from Leon Frankson to prevent an opener.
It remained frenetic stuff throughout a goalless 35 minutes when a low ball in from the left was smashed into the top of the net by the impressive Harris.
The game had come to life and on the verge of half time St Clement keeper Ben Huelin made a fine block to deny Le Lacheur who was hurt in getting away his effort.
The striker’s game had ended, dealing another blow to the black and whites who were playing up the slope after the break and looking ever more towards the pacy Driscoll to come up with something.
Alex Ross came within a whisker of doubling the visitors’ advantage early in the second, keeper Jamie Mahy getting his fingertips to the 25 yarder, but with every passing minute St Clement were increasing their stranglehold.
Ten minutes in St Clement got a second.
Harris delivered a deep free kick and centre back Ethan de la Mare glanced a strong header just inside Mahy’s right hand post.
Kushal Frankson hit the crossbar after good skills on the ball and at no point after falling behind did St Martin’s look like turning things around.
St Clement had the more technically proficient players and the win was well deserved.
St Martin’s: Mahy, O’Regan, de Mouilpied, Scott, Lowe, Le Tissier, Jones, Le Lacheur, Driscoll, Falla, Maginnis.
Rolling subs: Gillson, Le Friec, Ashplant, Walsh, Ozanne.
St Clement: Huelin, Moyse, L Frankson, Ross, de la Mare, Burton, R Dos Santos, Brennan, K Frankson, Harris, Dawson. Rolling subs: Bell, Veloso, J Dos Santos, Ennis, Cracknell.
Referee: J. Martel.