Renwick Immune To Cytokine Storm

17 Mar

Renwick battled to a satisfying 3-2 victory over the in-form Cytokine Storm at Cherryvale on Wednesday, although the win was somewhat overshadowed by an injury to midfielder Phil Aicken. Striker Adam Devenney made his first appearance since the Jonny McCollum Memorial Cup, and was partnered in attack by his cousin Peoples.

With kick-off delayed due to the late arrival of “a potentially fatal immune reaction consisting of a positive feedback loop between cytokines and immune cells” (Wikipedia), the match was curtailed to 80 minutes, and in the end this proved a blessing for McCullough’s charges. Renwick started brightly, and raced into a three-goal lead inside 20 minutes. Firstly, Devenney latched onto a flick-on from his cousin, raced clear and lobbed the keeper perfectly, the ball nestling in the bottom corner. He then doubled his tally, holding off his marker before finishing across the keeper, fed again by Peoples. The third goal came after Cromie Robert outpaced the opposition left-back, and his cross found Andrew McKelvey free in the box to score his first of the season. It was a physical contest, and tackles were flying in on both sides, with Aicken the victim of a particularly nasty two-footed challenge. Despite this, Renwick looked comfortable, and restricted their opponents to long-range efforts. However, just before half-time, one of these speculative strikes found the top corner, leaving McCullough well beaten.

The second period began much as the first ended, with Renwick withstanding pressure and defending on their 18-yard line. Five minutes in, Storm reduced the deficit to one with another goal from outside the box, again leaving McCullough powerless to stop it. There was a lengthy pause soon after, as Aicken was caught as he went past the opposition’s left midfielder. It was clear that something was amiss, and after the final whistle he made a trip to A&E, with a lengthy absence seeming likely. The break in play meant Storm lost their momentum, and although they continued to pressurise, the Renwick defence held firm to see out a gratifying 3-2 win.

All in all, it was an encouraging performance from Renwick, against a team challenging for the Super League title. Having raced into an early lead, they defended resolutely, and can count themselves unlucky to have conceded two wonder goals. Devenney looked sharp up front, and showed no ill-effects from his recurring hamstring problems. Andrew McKelvey bossed the midfield, and his brother Richard was rock-solid at left-back.

Man of the Match – Pete Fallows was particularly impressive, refusing to allow his opponents to get past, and winning the ball back at crucial points.

Renwick: McCullough; Fallows, Carson, Hanna, R McKelvey; Cromie R, M Hawthorne, A McKelvey, P Aicken; Devenney, Peoples. Subs: R Throne, T McCollum, L Campbell

As Lineker would say, we wish him well

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5 Responses to “Renwick Immune To Cytokine Storm”

  1. RHFC ADMIN March 18, 2011 at 1:02 am #

    injury update: phil has not broken any bones in his leg. A & E didnt really know what was wrong, but confirmed there was a problem. Out for two weeks minimum.

  2. Robert March 18, 2011 at 10:07 am #

    Ben, why are you posting as RHFC ADMIN?

  3. The Park Admin March 18, 2011 at 4:53 pm #

    Correction, all he needed was a tissue to dry his eyes. He’ll back in no time.

  4. Peter March 22, 2011 at 3:08 pm #

    As a possible headline for the write-up or caption on the photo I suggest: “Renwick midfielder left Aicken by horror tackle”

  5. Joel March 22, 2011 at 5:18 pm #

    Former Renwick goalkeeper left Aicken for some bacon

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