1st Impala v 1st Impeesa – 1 December 2018

This was a very hotly contested derby between the 1st St Albans Impala and 1st St Albans Impeesa.

For the second week running 1st Impala were involved in an end to end game, where the difference was the finishing with 1st Impeesa running out 7-0 winners.

1st Impala started the game slowly and Impeesa took full advantage of this with a couple of chances in the first couple of minutes.

The first goal was an own goal, with the ball bouncing around the Impala box, Impala in trying to clear the ball diverted it in to their own net and nothing Joe Cox could do.

This woke up Impala who responded really well with Jack Burke pulling the strings in midfield and James Cox marshalling the backline.

Impala had a couple of chances through Ethan Roberts and Joshua Seeby which they were unable to convert and Impeesa scored there second from a counter attack with Nicholas Groves finding himself in a one on one and produced a cool finish.

The third and forth goals came in quick succession with Ronan Brandon and Nicholas Groves scoring from close range.

With the score 4-0 at half time Impala made a few changes with Joe Cox playing at left back and Nathan Seeby going in goal.

Impala came out for the second half and played some very good football but could not find that elusive goal with chances falling to Liam Zammett who poked the ball inches wide of the Impeesa goal.

Impeesa started to come back into the game and after some good football Nicholas Groves completed his hattrick when the ball slipped out of the goalkeeper’s hands and tapped the ball in for Impeesa fifth goal.

Lucas Do had a good run and played a nice one two with Alfie Cromwell with Lucas crossing the ball which went straight through the box with Charlie James collecting and having a shot which just went wide.

Impala kept pushing forward looking for there first goal which left spaces at the back which was exploited by Impeesa and Thomas Wilson scored for Impeesa to make it 6-0 with a good finish and then just before the end Ronan Brandon scored his second to make it 7-0.

Man of the match for Impala was Jack Burke who played some really good football and was full of energy in the centre of midfield.

Well done to both sets of players for a very good game and a more even match than the score line suggests.