One Great George Street’s football team pulled off their latest win this week, defeating the Park Plaza Westminster 3-1 at Battersea Park.
The OGGS team has now won three matches in a row, this victory over local rivals the most impressive yet. While some early season defeats cost OGGS a shot at this year’s Hotel & Catering League title, recent fine form and a strengthened squad has the boys fancying their chances for next season.
OGGS started Monday’s match cautiously, focused on containing high scoring opponents who needed a win to move top of the league. Robbie Maddison and Ed Horton formed a solid barrier at the back, while midfield general Ben Goodwin tracked the Park Plaza playmaker’s every move. OGGS gradually grew into the game and created the best chance of the first half, a mazy dribble from Ben McAlinden setting up Ovidiu Amanci whose shot was well saved. Half time score: 0-0.
Sensing their chance, OGGS came out strongly in the second half and quickly took the lead, Amanci skilfully turning in a low drive from OGGS old boy Andrei Doroftei. It was soon 2-0, Ed Horton’s persistent run leading to Amanci tapping in his second. Now in control of the game, OGGS’ defensive rearguard came into force, with debutant Sean Harris – the first ICE Group Director to play for the team – putting in some firm tackles. Dave “The Wall” Tullett lived up to his name, this time as stand-in goalkeeper, with one particularly impressive diving save.
While Park Plaza found a way past Tullett with their first goal, OGGS kept their heads and saw out the win with the energy and tackling of Goodwin and Maddison, and some bustling forward play from John Donato which kept their defence on the back foot.
Victory was sealed when the evergreen Ed Horton blasted in a shot from distance.
Final score: OGGS 3-1 Park Plaza Westminster
Man of the Match: Ovidiu Amanci