Renwick Rocking All Over World XI

27 Nov

Renwick House FC 5-1 World XI

  • Renwick return to winning ways in fierce wind
  • Buchanan leaves defenders confounded
  • McCavery reaches 25th goal of the season

The wind swept down off Cavehill across the Grove playing fields where Renwick House faced the presumptiously named World XI. Renwick lost the toss but their opponents made a rash decision and chose to play the first half into the relentless gale. Amongst easrly pressure Robert McCaughan hit the bar and was denied a headed goal by a good save. Shortly afterwards there was a scare at the other end as a back pass hit a bobble carrying it over the swinging boot of McCullough in a Paul Robinson-like moment. The keeper’s blushes were saved by the lack of momentum in the pass and he managed to clear the ball before the striker pounced. In the face of a phenomenal wind World XI did well to keep their opponents out until the 23rd minute when Mark Porter found Ian Buchanan in the box who danced his way through several defenders before finding the bottom right-hand corner.

Driving northwards to Renwick latest venue

Not the new ground!
Warming up at the Grove Playing Fields
Yea it’s worth looking at again. Definately a contender for photo of the year.
Pre-match prayer
James covering all bases!
World XI struggle to clear the ball into the gale
Early Renwick pressure
Phil is appalled at the defender’s shorts
Are you Robbo in disguise?
Stevie eventually manages to find Grove
Phil closing down Nelly
Both goalkeepers abdicated responsibility for goalkicks when playing into the wind
Ian breaks the deadlock

Philip Dunwoody forced the World XI keeper to produce a wondersave but further territorial advantage  failed to affect the scoresheet until 7 minutes before the break when Buchanan scored a second with a splendid 20 yard shot across the goalkeeper. World XI would probably have been pleased with only a two goal deficet at halftime in the face of horrendous conditions which they surely hoped would benefit them later on. A crucial header from Gareth Smith which demoralised his opponents and set Renwick on course for victory when he rose to head home Dunwoody’s corner moments before the break.

Phil about to pull the trigger
A fantastic save of a powerful shot
World XI balloon a shot over the bar
Renwick manager shows off his new manicure
McCavery holds up the ball
The ball spent most of the first half in World XI territory
All McCullough could do was watch and freeze for periods
Buchanan went close with a freekick
Renwick defend a corner
Gareth, always an aerial threat, celebrates Renwick’s 3rd

Steven McCollum came on at halftime for Ben Hanna who claims he had a first half header cleared off the line although it seems to have escaped the memory of all other teammates. The wind at the backs of World XI was not enough to turn the tide of the game as Renwick passed the ball along the deck although they struggled at times to clear the ball upfield. Robert McCaughan’s final act before taking over as referee was to take the ball on a mazy run which set up Mark McCavery for a 60th minute goal. World XI threw their talented centreback Nelly forward in a bid to salvage some pride but the QUB player was kept in the pocket of Institute FC’s Gareth Smith. McCavery then gave Renwick a 5 goal lead as he took his personal tally to an immensely impressive 25 for the season.

Mark scores his 25th goal in 7 games
Carefully watched
Despite a good performance the QUB A’s star could force his side back into the game

With 5 minutes to World XI surged through the middle and a ricohet left the ball at the feet of the waiting striker. Despite the despairing lunge of Gavin Blackwell Renwick’s loss of concentration cost them a clean sheet as the shot found the bottom left hand corner. Even though his side conceded a late goal the Elmwood Manager was “pretty happy” with the result, it was an admirable performance in the midst of the poor playing conditions in which the side’s fitness and passing ability were evident.

Only conceding one in the face of the fierce wind was probably an achievement

The Superleague nearly had a full list of fixtures played on Wednesday although it seems Derry City’s continuing problems prevented them from facing Belfast Bible College. There was no “Piecam” this week as Peter’s Carribean friends lost 4-2 against DV at a different venue. Elsewhere Law Society continued their 100% record and Renwick’s next opponents, the Anglicans, remained on zero points following defeat to Donegal Rangers. The standings remain esqued by cancelled matches with Renwick sitting in 3rd place, 3 points off the current leaders.

Belfast Superleague

Keeping Warm



Special mentions go to both of Renwick’s fans, Hannah and Heather, who narrowly avoided hypothermia and provided some excellent photography. On the pitch Gareth Smith deserves much credit whilst Andy Lynch gave an assured perfomance alongside him. Rob McCaughan ran rings around the opposition and Porter passed the ball well although whether he is a holding midfielder is open to debate. There is a clear Man of the Match this week as Ian Buchanan clearly illustrated why he is better known as Mr Skills. He left World XI defenders mesmerised and there was nothing his opponents could do to prevent either goal as Skills thrived on the smoother surface of Grove playing fields.

Man of the Match

Ian “Mr Skills” Buchanan

Renwick House FC 5-1 World XI

Renwick Scorers: Buchanan (2), Smith, McCavery (2)

Team: McCullough, Morrison, Smith, Lynch, Hanna (McCollum 45) , Blackwell, Porter, Buchanan, Dunwoody, McCaughan, McCavery


3 Responses to “Renwick Rocking All Over World XI”

  1. Brian November 27, 2009 at 6:51 am #

    James, In the 8th pic down what are you doing behind Andy Mo? Either your praying or a stray shot has caught you in the middle region? Or maybe you’re looking down a hole…dunno.

  2. James November 30, 2009 at 11:49 pm #

    Even though it looks like I’m copying Robbie Fowler’s controversial goal celebration I’m actually just stretching out my back. Honest.

    I’m disappointed more attention hasn’t been paid to Ben’s driving gloves!

  3. Cromie R December 1, 2009 at 1:12 am #

    Ah but you see Ben’s car comes from an era where driving gloves (not to mention goggles, a scarf, and a man walking in front waving a red flag) were the norm.

    Glad to see he has a rearview mirror again.

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