Renwick Have The Whole World In Their Hands

2 Mar


Renwick House Football Club are surprised and disappointed to hear the name of their proud institution dragged through the mud over the past few days. The allegations posted, in public, as a comment on this blog, are untrue. Consequently, we are currently taking legal advice on the matter. It should be pointed out that the missing trophy was bought (not won) by the team in question, and to get so worked up over it so as to threaten the involvement of the authorities is, to be honest, pretty sad.


Renwick 6

World XI 4

Renwick put the memory of last week’s disappointing defeat behind them as they came out on top of a ten-goal thriller at the Ozone on a fine spring afternoon. Manager McCullough returned to the familiarity of nets, with Andy McKelvey assuming a new role at centre-half. Cromie Joel returned to play in the centre of the park, and Ali McCollum on the right flank.

The match started at a brisk pace, and Renwick soon began exert their influence on the game, with Cromie Robert having several opportunities to open the scoring. The first goal came from McCollum, whose latched onto the end of Aicken’s searching ball, and fired into the roof of the net. However World XI soon levelled with a header, after some slack marking at a corner. The game was delicately poised, but it was Renwick who scored the crucial next goal. A goalmouth scramble from a corner ended with Peoples heading in for his tenth goal of the season, despite a pretty blatant foul on the opposition keeper. Tempers then flared, first as Cromie Robert’s reckless lunge resulted in a heated exchange, and then when the Donegal man’s legitimate goal was ruled out for a foul on the keeper. Although it should be pointed out that Cromie’s studs did disintegrate the keeper’s flowery shorts in the process.

Aicken gets stuck in

Funny photo of the week


Ali celebrates

The epitomy of a high work rate

Renwick extended their lead after half time, as a collision between a World XI player and their keeper allowed Michael Hawthorne to slot into an empty net. However World XI soon reduced the deficit to one again. Peoples, having been shifted to centre-back, was unfortunate to give away a penalty as he kicked the ball against his own hand. After World had slotted the penalty home, the game continued in its end-to-end fashion, before the being lit up by a 35-yard strike from Phil Aicken. He picked up a poor kick from the keeper, before hitting a dipping shot over the keeper. The game then swung in World XI’s favour again, as Hanna gave away a free kick on the right hand touchline. The resulting ball eluded everyone before finding the far corner of the net. The proverbial pendulum then swung back in Renwick’s favour once again, as Pete Fallows broke his Renwick duck, with a goal-line tackle from Peoples’ cushioned header. Just when Renwick thought the game was won, a defensive lapse allowed the team in yellow to make it 5-4. It was a nervous final few minutes for McCullough’s men, but the tension was eased when Joel beat his man on the right hand side of the box, before squaring to give his brother a simple finish. This was the final act of the match, leaving Renwick with a morale-boosting win.

Ali cleverly pushes the opposition player into his own keeper…

…leaving Michael with an open goal

Before the bust-up

Phil strikes

Keeper stranded

Pete bundles over the line

Particularly impressive were Campbell, Hawthorne and Cromie Joel, but the Man of the Match award goes to Phil Aicken. Composed in possession, and constantly looking to play in those in front of him, Aicken capped off an impressive performance with two assists and a memorable goal.


Renwick (4-4-2): McCullough; Campbell, A McKelvey, Hanna, Fallows; McCollum, C Joel, Hawthorne, Aicken; C Robert, Peoples. Sub: R McKelvey


8 Responses to “Renwick Have The Whole World In Their Hands”

  1. Ali G March 3, 2011 at 11:30 am #

    Impressive photos this week! Though Michael does look an awful lot like Cromie Robert in one of them… captioning faux pas?

  2. Robert March 3, 2011 at 11:56 am #

    Definitely not

  3. Joel March 3, 2011 at 12:54 pm #

    I thought the same Ali (if you’re talkinh about the goal photo), but I reckon Cromie is just hovering around the goalline (looking to poach/steal??) and Michael is over to the right

  4. Jonny March 3, 2011 at 1:24 pm #

    I think the real problem is that Michael looks like Ali.

  5. Robert March 3, 2011 at 2:39 pm #

    I was honourably shepherding the ball into the net

  6. James March 3, 2011 at 5:55 pm #

    Where has Ali disappeared to between the two photos?

  7. Alastair March 3, 2011 at 8:35 pm #

    I was casually running away from the scene of the crime so that no one would suspect it was because of me!

  8. Joel March 4, 2011 at 2:49 pm #

    Cromie looking to poach/steal?? I won’t believe it!!

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