- Match Report
- Lineups - Substitutions
After a couple weeks off and training resumed the Lions headed to Shaldon to take on Shaldon Villa FC.
Before the match got underway both teams held a minute silence to show respect to the ones who unfortunately lost their lives in the recent events that took place in London.
The Lions shaped up in the usual 4-2-3-1 formation to start hoping for a better result than the last match out at Trowbridge. With Michael Kelly attending training, he made his debut at CM on what ended up being a great day to play football, apart from a slight wind it was perfect conditions. Villa has always been a well organized and strong team and with 2 early goals coming from set pieces it was not the best start for the Lions. As always the Lions pushed on not being disheartened by the score line, not always about results but a win would be nice. A win, however, got further away as Villa piled on the pressure and even with Chris making his fair share of saves it didn’t take them long to add to their tally. Despite 2 good chances for the Lions to get on the scoresheet before the break, it was Villa who took a commanding 6-0 lead at half time.
The second half saw a change between the sticks as Kyle replaced Chris due to injury to take his more common GK role. Not wanting to break tradition the Lions picked up their game in the second half and started to string some good play together, much to the dislike of Villa, but still, the chances didn’t come for the Lions. Kyle was keeping the score down making some fantastic saves and one which he will be feeling in the morning. A well-hit strike saved by the face denied Villa, Kyle literally putting it all on the line to make his saves.
Villa themselves managed to get 2 more goals before the end but not before a little bit of light was shined on the Lions day. A consolation goal means the Lions didn’t leave with nothing and even though it was just the one goal they took it in style. It took only 2 touches to get from goal kick to back of the net, a driven goal kick from Dan beat the Villa back line and bounced perfectly for Chris, with a slight turn and a first time strike from beyond 20 yards Chris took advantage of the keeper being of his line and sent the ball to the back of the net, leaving the keeper scrambling back in vain. The Lions may not have scored all the goals today but they did pick up the best of the bunch.
With one final twist to the match, the Lions had one more corner to defend, which didn’t bode well for the ending scoreline. Josie with an attempted clearance ended up rocketing the ball into the back of her own goal with the last kick of the game, a stunning finish just at the wrong end of the field.
Thanks to the team who made the match and some really good performances today, Kyle in goal, Jack, and Dan at CB and Kieran staying solid at RB putting in a good shift as well.
Final score on the day saw Villa take the win, Devon Lions 1, Shaldon Villa 9.
Our next match is in 3 weeks time with Plymouth United, Home or away not yet confirmed.
Remember if you want to get involved with the club and be a part of the Pride in Devon then get in touch with either Chris or Simon for more details.
See you next time.
Scorers: Chris Corbett
Devon Lions FC Starting Lion Up:
Subs: Josie, Jack L, Gorden
Players Man Of The Match: Jack Wright