Bar Staff Hammered

11 Dec
Actually it was a much closer game than last week but I wanted to use the headline.

  • Renwick continue winning form with 6-2 victory
  • Peter Loughridge makes first appearance in over a year
  • Defence disappointed by late goal

Renwick House won comfortably against Bar Staff on their return  to the venue where they beat World XI 2 weeks earlier. Bar Staff have produced very mixed results so far this season and opened the scoring at Grove playing fields after 22 minutes.  Renwick lined up in a 4-4-2 formation and dominated early possession but squandered several good chances, including a 2nd minute header on the end of a well-struck Ben Hanna cross. Sloppy finishing was then matched by careless defending which allowed the ball to land at the feet of Bar Staff’s bulky centre-forward. His badly scuffed shot unintentionally fell to a team mate who rifled it across McCullough into the bottom left-hand corner giving the canary-yellow side the lead.

Determined to come from behind to win for the first time this season Renwick continued to press forward and the breakthrough came from a free kick awarded on the right hand side of the pitch. Dunwoody put in an excellent curling cross and Gareth Smith punished the Barmen for the unforgivable mistake of leaving him unmarked at a set piece. The centre-back’s header was beautifully placed back across the net and over the keepers head, giving him a fifth goal for the season.  A few minutes later Renwick assumed the lead as another good delivery from the Renwick captain and more poor marking allowed McCavery to score a near post header from a corner. The Elmwood side’s aerial superiority was evident in defence as well as attack with Loughridge and Lynch claiming most of Bar Staff’s clearances and Morrison using his height effectively. The player-manager also saved his keeper’s blushes by heading the ball off the line as it drifted over McCullough’s reach from a well-struck corner.

Porter played the first half on the left-hand side of midfield and extended his side’s lead with an audacious low shot across the keeper from both outside the box and a very tight angle. Renwick’s passing game was really beginning to take shape with Andy Lynch and veteran Peter Loughridge orchestrating play from the centre of the park. It was the RTC student’s first appearance for Renwick since playing against the side in the 2009 Jonny McCollum Cup and he put the game beyond Bar Staff with a stunning left foot strike from outside the box. Hitting the shot on the run, the ball rocked in off the underside of the bar and it is a clear contender for goal of the season.

Ian “DJ Skills” Buchanan on the ball

Andy Lynch surging down the left

After the break Dunwoody took over as referee from Bar Staff’s first half candidate whose inability to see several shoves from his club mates had exasperated the side in black. Stevie took the armband and Michael Mitchell was awarded his second cap and played on the left with Porter switching to the right. Renwick were definitely guilty of taking their foot of the gas and possession was much more evenly shared throughout the second half. In the 53rd minute a through ball found McCavery who was brought down in the box by a combination of the goalkeeper and centre-back. Uriah Rennie made the right decision in not hesitating to point to the spot despite the protests of Bar Staff and arguably being closer to the Renwick penalty area.

The ever-consistent Andy Lynch took the whistle shortly after from Dunwoody who returned to his right flank with Porter moving into the middle. Renwick still failed to recapture the composure of the first half although remained strong defensively rarely allowing their opponents to threaten McCullough’s net. The sixth goal for Morrison’s men came from another set-piece as the Bar Staff defence again reacted as if in a drunken stupor and pressure from Stevie resulted in a defender turning it into his own net. Although rumour has it that Ben Hanna is trying to claim the goal from over 40m away.

With a 6-1 lead Renwick were keen not to continue the habit of conceding late goals but were disappointed to yield a second to the publicans with only 6 minutes remaining. Again a set piece was the scene of a goal as the long punt upfield found the Bar Staff striker and although there was a suspicion of offside there was no doubting the finish which was placed in the bottom left-hand corner. In fairness to Bar Staff they provided stubborn resistance throughout the game so victory by a four goal margin was a good result. The Renwick defence will be disappointed to have let 2 goals by but they did work well as a unit throughout the match and manage to deny the opposition many opportunities. Ian Buchanan produced some threatening shots and supported Mark well as Renwick lined up in a more traditional formation for the first time this season. Andy Lynch had a superb game in centre midfield and Philip’s deliveries were fantastic but man of the match has to go to Peter Loughridge whose dominance in the centre of the park prevented Bar Staff from playing and his goal was truly spectacular. It was one of a few stunning moments in a game which, as a whole, wasn’t easy on the eye but Renwick did succeed in avoiding a potential banna skin and taking three important points. Morrison will be keen to see this good form continue and end 2009 with a win against Northern Ireland Supporters Club next week.

Man of the Match

In action against BBC in 2007

More Photos

Lynch plays the ball back in after the Barmen half-clear a corner

Yet another photo of Andy

Attempting to beat Skills at his own game

Rising like a Salmon despite another blatant shove

Ref indicates he’s clueless

Renwick House FC 6-2 Bar Staff

Renwick Scorers: Smith, Porter, Loughridge, McCavery (2), Bar o.g.

Renwick team: McCullough, Morrison, Smith, McCollum, Hanna, Dunwoody (Mitchell), Loughridge, Lynch, Porter, McCavery, Buchanan

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Go on Tim!

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5 Responses to “Bar Staff Hammered”

  1. Peter December 14, 2009 at 9:30 am #

    I reckon Andy Lynch had the MOM award in the bag until he kindly volunteered to take on whistle duties for half-a-half!

    Mark Porter played well too in all the midfield positions asked of him. All in all though, it was a good all-round team performance and I think you’re being a bit generous to the “veteran” with your accolade! Thanks anyway!

  2. Peter December 14, 2009 at 9:32 am #

    By the way, I love the pic of Mark being shoved! It sums up ALL the Bar Staff attempts to win headers!

  3. Phil December 15, 2009 at 3:12 pm #

    that’s up there with the best renwick football headlines of all time

  4. Anonymous editor of well-known website December 16, 2009 at 12:09 am #

    Only because I was too scared to use “Eunuch’s Castrated”…

  5. Peter December 16, 2009 at 8:58 am #

    When were you ever too scared to write anything?!?!

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