Renwick overcome Stern (John) opposition to show that they Kenwyne after all

3 Feb

Renwick returned to winning ways for the first time in over 3 months on Wednesday at Cherryvale with a tense 4-3 victory over Peter McConaghie’s Trinidad and Tobago reserves. Manager McCullough responded to last week’s disappointing defeat against the Men of the Cloth with some drastic reshuffles; right back Luke Campbell took his place between the sticks, McCullough moved himself out to centre-back alongside Hanna, Gavin Blackwell made a welcome return in midfield, and Andrew Peoples led the forward line, partnered by Joel Cromie.

The match started at a frantic pace in wet and windy conditions, and the opening exchanges were largely even. Renwick’s new-look defence was largely coping with the Carribeans’ attacks, but it was T&T who scored first, a speculative strike from 30-plus yards beating Campbell and crashing in off the underside of the bar. Despite going behind, Renwick were beginning to get their passing game going, and equalised midway thought the first half. Robert Cromie’s early cross found his younger brother, who held off his man before finishing expertly. The goal filled Renwick with confidence, and further chances were squandered by Cromie R as the team in blue played some of their best football this season. A second goal did come however, with Peoples picking up the ball 25 yards out and firing a dipping shot over the keeper. Two became three just before half time, as Blackwell’s scooped header from Cromie Joel’s free-kick was palmed in by the keeper.

After half-time, Renwick continued in a similar vein, and soon extended their lead to three goals, Joel Cromie’s excellent volleyed cross finding sub Rob McCaughan at the back post, and he duly headed home. As the half wore on, Renwick began to ease off slightly, and soon found themselves in a game again. First, Campbell was unlucky as he got a strong hand to a T&T shot, but was only able to turn the ball in into the far corner of the net. Soon after, Campbell was rounded, and captain Hanna stuck out an instinctive arm to present the resulting shot from going in. Hanna was deservedly sent off, and the Carribeans scored the penalty, leaving Renwick to hold out for the final ten minutes with 10 men, and a makeshift pairing of Peoples and Blackwell at centre-half. The Elmwood side just about held on, and the final whistle was greeted with cheers of relief more than elation.

While Renwick will be disappointed with the fact that they made things unnecessarily hard for themselves towards the end, there were long spells of the game where they played some excellent football. If they can keep up this style of play, results will continue to improve and things will start to look a lot brighter from McCullough’s men.

Alas there was no camera present at this week’s match, so you’ll have to make do with a Piecam from the archives

Man of the match: Cromie Joel – in what may be his last appearance for a while due to timetabling issues, Joel supplied a goal and two assists, and caused constant problems for the T&T defence.

Stat of the week: Renwick have now won four and drawn one at Cherryvale in 5 games this season, and have only won one game elsewhere, losing the rest.

Renwick (4-4-2): Campbell; Carson, McCullough, Hanna, A McCollum; Cromie R, Blackwell, Hawthorne, Aicken; Cromie J, Peoples. Subs: McCaughan, Fallows, R McKelvey

Jack Warner was unavailable for comment

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4 Responses to “Renwick overcome Stern (John) opposition to show that they Kenwyne after all”

  1. Peter February 3, 2011 at 3:49 pm #

    How many players have ever been sent off playing for Renwick before??

    [Maybe Statman Stevie or Phil could help us with that!]

  2. Phil D February 3, 2011 at 6:03 pm #

    To the best of my knowledge, no one ever has before!

  3. Robert February 3, 2011 at 7:39 pm #

    Ben isn’t the first, Adam Devenney holds that dubious honour, having been sent off earlier this season following an off-the-ball incident v Sandymount

  4. Steelo February 3, 2011 at 8:01 pm #

    Tho Strob somehow escaped with a yellow card one time for diving at full stretch to tip the ball round the post in the opening minutes of a match. While playing centre back!

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