Peoples Revolution Continues at Renwick

7 Oct

Chris Carson dealing with Bayern Eunuch’s strikers

Andrew Peoples scored a first half hatrick to give Renwick a 4-2 victory in their latest game against Bayern Eunuchs. At their last meeting Renwick scored 5 without reply but a much improved Bayern team scored first in the friendly at Boucher Road. A shaky start from the Elmwood team allowed the Eunuchs a shot inside the box which found the bottom left-hand corner of the goal. The Renwick response was immediate as a near post flick-on from the corner reached Peoples who steered the ball home with the keeper already beaten. Despite scoring it quickly became apparent that the knee injury that the Donegal man was carrying had to potential to prevent playing his natural game in the centre of midfield. McCullough brought Hawthorne into the middle, moved Aicken to the wing and unleashed Peoples as a centre forward. The game was still being played at a frantic pace and a Eunuch’s corner after 20 minutes found the back post run of their German centre back. He sent a sublime header back across goal leaving either McCullough or Campbell on the line no chance. Again it took Renwick only minutes to reply with the third set piece goal of the game. Alastair “Delap” McCollum found Peoples’ head with a long throw and the scoreline was again levelled.

Renwick defending a freekick

Continental goalkeeping as McCullough punches clear

Rory comes forward to take a throw

Ali winds up

This time the ball was cleared behind for a corner…

…which was swung in by Rob…

…and resulted in People’s second goal

Just before the half hour mark the Eunuch’s came close to taking the lead again forcing McCullough into a double-save. A dangerous cross was tipped away from the oncoming striker before the ball fell to another Bayern player whose bottom-corner shot was pushed round the left hand post. Renwick began to keep possession and pressure from another McCollum throw gave McCaughan a chance to swing in another corner. The ball fell to the feet of Peoples who took a touch before securing his hattrick by placing it in the top left corner of the goal. Michael Mitchell played the first half as a striker and had an opportunity to score on his return to Renwick action but failed to put away a one-on-one chance just before the break.

Bayern on the attack

Renwick were probably the happier of the two teams at half-time but the game still hung in the balance. Joel Cromie had been unable to reach Boucher Road in time for kick off but replaced Michael Mitchell at half time. Cromie’s first action was to rob the Eunuch’s of possession seconds after kick off but Renwick struggled to kill the game off against their determined opponents. Bayern’s two strikers looked threatening and provided a tough test for the Renwick defence. Jinking runs from midfield caused problems but ultimately failed to create an equaliser. On a number of occasions Renwick came close to doubling the lead including Joel’s attempt to lift the ball over the oncoming keeper that drifted agonisingly over the bar. It was the 74th minute before the only goal of the second half as Cromie slotted home his 2nd goal of the season on the end of a Renwick counter attack. Robert McCaughan’s pace had tested the opposition at times but he was replaced by Michael Mitchell with 10 minutes to go. Peoples was moved to centre back in order to provide a stronger aerial presence and Ben moved to the left hand side of the defence. Strong tackling from Carson and Fallows prevented the Eunuchs from creating a clear cut opening and Renwick protected their two goal lead until the final whistle was blown.

Chris with another clearance

Phil Aicken composed in possession

Joel battles for the ball against an uncompromising defence

Luke Campbell continued to improve and played his first full 90 minutes

Ross and Josh, the Bayern strikers, were dangerous throughout

The Bayern captain on the ball

Renwick defended well from set pieces

Holding on to the lead

Cromie Joel makes another probing run

Carson’s aerial ability on display

What is Ali doing? Answers on a postcard please.

Peoples won many headers in his new role as striker

Bayern came close but couldn’t find the net in the 2nd half

It remains unclear whether the league season will begin next week but if so it appears that the Renwick team are ready for the challenge. For a side missing several players, including Richard McKelvey (surgery) and Robert Cromie (texting), this was an impressive victory against a team which should far exceed last year’s position of 10th. Rumours that McCullough is set to make an audacious bid for an Asian target man remain unconfirmed but it is apparent that this young Renwick side is beginning to gel and could exceed expectations this year.

Renwick Team: James McCullough, Luke Campbell, Chris Carson, Ben Hanna (C), Alastair McCollum, Michael Hawthorne, Andrew Peoples, Peter Fallows, Robert McCaughan, Philip Aicken, Michael Mitchell (Joel Cromie 45)

Man of the Match: Andrew Peoples

Renwick Stat of the Week: Boucher Road was the venue for the first ever Renwick match but this was the first time that the Elmwood team had played there since Valentines’ Day 2007.

A special thanks to the supporters for their encouragement and photos. Renwick has enjoyed more fans than ever attending our preseason friendlies.

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5 Responses to “Peoples Revolution Continues at Renwick”

  1. Andrew October 8, 2010 at 1:08 pm #

    doubt i deserved ‘man of the match’ with james in nets holding the show together! but thanks lads!

  2. Peter F October 8, 2010 at 10:57 pm #

    ‘but a much improved Bayern team scored first’ Did we not score first, then go 2-1 down?

  3. Andy October 9, 2010 at 11:23 pm #

    Was the Renwick pundit on holiday this week?

  4. rob dp October 13, 2010 at 10:51 pm #

    why purple ftball boots?

  5. ben October 14, 2010 at 11:51 am #

    ^agreed :-)

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