LOOKING for a win to keep pressure on at the top and go into a promotion spot in Western 2A, Marjon faced Southampton Solent on the main pitch at Test Park.
The Solent side started well with a shot narrowly off target. It was a promising start to the game for Solent and one that brought a very physical test to the Marjon team. Lots of points and improvements to be made from last week’s cup exit.
A long Marjon kick was allowed to bounce by a Solent defender and allowed Irwin to have a chance, but his header was saved. Solent went ahead on 16 minutes, when a fine 30-yard through pass was finished into the far corner.
Solent continued to play well but a second goal would not come, with Marjon holding strong and starting a fight-back. Tetley, for Marjon, was just over from the right, whilst Liam Prynn also went close with the ‘keeper making a good Save to his left. Kyle Marks in the Marjon midfield was working well, however, Solent retained their lead going into the interval.
Marjon stepped up and found another gear in the second half. Lewis Jago replaced the injured Phil Payne. Southampton GK got down low to save from Irwin to keep the Solent lead intact, but it didn’t last much longer.
Marjon turned the game on its head in the space of ninety seconds. First, a Marks shot from the edge of the box caught a wicked deflection and left the ‘keeper with no chance and that was quickly followed by a penalty when the home custodian floored Irwin.
Prynn despatched it well into the corner and suddenly Marjon were in dominant mood. Thompson’s stab at an Ireland cross hit the outside of the net, lots of players controlled their individual areas, and Marjon extended their lead with ten minutes remaining when Irwin laid the ball off to Ireland who shot firmly into the corner.
Another attempt was well blocked but Marjon netted again when a cross from the right got to Loosemore who created a bit of Dennis Bergkamp magic to score his first for the first team.
It turned out to be a great win for Marjon who now move into 2nd place in the league. Head Coach Gary Jeffery said: “The lads showed bottle today, they answered lots of questions I fired at them this week , credit to them.
“The Southampton side were big and physical, and we matched them first half today but then we found the rhythm and quality BOP BOP football we can play. It was wonderful to watch in a great second half.
Goal scorers – Marks/ Prynne /Ireland / Loosemore
MOM- Kyle Marks
Great team performance can we now continue to work consistently with good concentration at training in the weeks to come. Up the Jons