vs RFC Temploux-Suarlée
|Dulwich Hamlet||RFC Temploux-Suarlée|
|Own Goal 8, Dominic Weston 14, 18, 44, Eku Deen 15, Ethan Pinnock 39, Taylor Thomas 58, 88, Xavier Vidal 64, 72||-|
|See below||See below|
Champion Hill opened its arms to Belgian visitors at the weekend, unfortunately for her guests as the arms opened so did the floodgates, the Hamlet going double nap under an unforgiving sun. From the moment a poised back header from an over hit left wing cross looped over a crestfallen 'keeper, the difference in class was telling. However the determination and tenacity of Temploux never wavered, though shorn of a number of key players from their championship winning side as well as suffering the combined effects of tough cup-ties in midweek, an overnight channel hop and the aftermath of an evening sightseeing in London's fair city. Kudos especially to 'keeper Stacey Lombet, who, despite picking the ball out of his net ten times, produced a hatful of smart saves to make a score line a little less top heavy.
The heavens opening to downpours of biblical proportions in the minutes approaching the appointed hour, the man in black kept the players under shelter for some five or more minutes beyond the scheduled start. With the management in their midst Hamlet looked keen to impress when the inundations ceased but it took a helping head from their opponents to force the first breakthrough some eight minutes in. Deep from the left came the cross, too deep for Dulwich's forward line. A defender attempted to nod it back but his lopping effort caught his keeper cold to find the far corner of the net.
A three-goal flurry in four minutes as good as ended the game as a contest as Dominic Weston, Eku Deen and Weston again made it four-nil before the half point of the first 45 minutes. Ethan Pinnock added a fifth late on in the half as a low curled corner evaded all to but he to touch into the bottom far corner of the net. Almost bang on the break, Weston bagged his hat trick goal with a smart finish as the end of an intricate move.
Dulwich made a number of changes, both of position and of personnel, for the second half, the wise old heads of Rose and Kadi taking a breather to let the youngsters out play. For a while, the game began to lose its symmetry, the youngsters chasing more goals with the wild abandon of pack of Andrex puppies after a toilet roll. Finally, as the hour mark approached, the Belgian ranks were breached once more, the dreadlocked Taylor Thomas, revelling in a left wing role, driving through the heart of the Temploux defence before rounding the keeper and tucking the ball home. Xavier Vidal, the pocket battleship in the Hamlet's armoury, then got in on the goal-scoring act with a quick-fire brace. The first was created by the on fire Thomas as he zipped in from the left flank, dancing through a throng of gossamer challenges before selflessly squaring for his teammate to roll into the net. Vidal's second came with a scrumptious strike from the edge of the box flatfooting the unsuspecting goalie. Six minutes later and Thomas had downed a double too, stopping to meet a right wing cross and plant a powerful header past a powerless custodian.
Scorers: Own Goal 8, Dominic Weston 14, 18, 44, Eku Deen 15, Ethan Pinnock 39, Taylor Thomas 58, 88, Xavier Vidal 64, 72
DHFC Team First Half: Phil Wilson; Luke Hickie, Karim (Trialist), Josh Turner, Ethan Pinnock; Gavin Rose, Nick Gonsalves, Junior Kadi; Eku Deen, Xavier Vidal, Dominic Weston
Second Half: Phil Wilson; Nick Gonsalves, Jack Wynter, Kalvin Morath-Gibbs, Ethan Pinnock; Karim, Hickie (Todd Whittle); Xavier Vidal, Abdul Mansaray, Taylor Thomas; Richmond Ayoola
RFC Squad: Stacy Lombet (GK), Christophe Masson, Arnaud Desmet, Jean Francois Jaquet, Guillaume Clarinbourg, Bruno Rase, Ludovic Pasquarelli, Lucien Sanpo, Steve Denille (Capt.), Samuel Tannier, William Dezarlo, Anthony Simeoni, Francois Lucas