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2017-2018 SEASON FIXTURES & RESULTS
Mylor Bridge 0-1 Stithians Academicals
Stithians' 2017-18 campaign began against last season's champions, Mylor Bridge. From the start, the Academicals dominated the game with Nicolas in goal having nothing to do. The second half brought further chances Stithians' way and, when Harry H was put through on goal, he gave the Reds the lead. In the closing minutes, Mylor carved out a chance of their own, but Sean and Tom worked well to neutralise the threat and keep all three points for Stithians.
Mawnan 1-1 Stithians Academicals
Mawnan proved tougher opponents for the Academicals, and, despite having a few chances fall their way in the first half, it was Mawnan who took the lead early after the break. Stithians fought back, however, forcing a great save from the Mawnan keeper before Harry W hit a low shot into the bottom corner to secure the equaliser. Neither team really threatened for a second to win the game and on the sound of the final whistle, a point apiece seemed more than a fair result.
Kennall Vale 3-0 Stithians Academicals
It's very rare that you lose 3-0 and claim you were at least equal to your opponents - but that's how it played out. Early on , the Academicals let in two soft goals and, after a low shot into the corner added another for Kennall Vale, Stithians found themselves three down having not done anything particularly wrong and having most of the possession. In the second half, Harry H hit the post and had even more possession, failing to ever convert it into goals or clear-cut chances.
St. Francis 1-0 Stithians Academicals
With the bare bones of the squad, the Academicals took on one of the front-runners in the league. From the off, St. Francis took control and took the lead after Nic (in goal for the Reds) made a fine double-save, unable to do anything about the subsequent tap in. In the second half, Stithians settled better, creating a few chances of their own with Jack coming close. Further saves from Nic and a penalty miss from St. Francis was the true tale of the tape - a game in which the right team won.
St Mary's 1-0 Stithians Academicals
It was a real nail-biter at Penryn this week! The two teams were very evenly matched in both style and tactics. After a first half that brought very few chances, the game seemed as if it would be settled by just the single goal. This proved to be true as St Mary's took their chance, before Nic R in goal pulled off a wonder save to prevent it being two.
Perran-ar-worthal 1-1 Stithians Academicals
It was a dominant performance for the Academicals that finished in frustration when they were held to a draw against Perran-ar-worthal. The Reds had the lion's share of possession throughout the game, carving out numerous chances all matched by the opposition goalkeeper. Harry H eventually gave Stithians the lead, but just two minutes later, Perran-ar-worthal equalised with their only real chance of the game. In the dying seconds, Sid had a chance to win the tie, but was denied by another impressive stop by the Perran-ar-worthal keeper.
Stithians B 4-1 Treleigh B
Mr Smith selected to look for the future in this 'B' game at Stithians Stadium, choosing to select a team made up entirely of year 4 or 5 pupils. In the early stages of the game, Treleigh made the majority of attacks, with Nic R in goal needing to be at his best to keep the score goalless. Midway through the first half, Jono converted Stithians' first meaningful attack of the game following a great assist from Willow, and The Reds' lead was doubled soon after when Sid slotted home when one-on-one with the keeper. In the second half, Sid grabbed a second after tapping in a wonderful effort from Joel that hit the crossbar, Nic came out of goal to score from midfield, and Treleigh denied Stithians a clean sheet by scoring a late consolation.
Penryn 0-0 Stithians Academicals
The meeting of Penryn and the Academicals was one of the best, end-to-end game nil-nils you are ever likely to come across. Stithians rode their luck a few times in the first half, with confusion at the back allowing Penryn to 'do a Geoff Hurst' by hitting the underside of the crossbar before seeing the ball bounce back down onto the line. Fortunately, there was no Russian linesman to award the goal. Later in the game, the blustery conditions helped Stithians gain the upper hand with Jack, Harry W and Sid all missing good chances. In the second half, a great save from Nic was followed by an incredible second in which he managed to force the ball around the post when it had almost crossed the line.
King Charles 0-0 Stithians Academicals
As if one nil-nil wasn't enough in blustery conditions, the Academicals produced another just 30 minutes after their meeting with Penryn. This time, however, the Academicals were the domineering side. Brilliant play from Harry H in central midfield produced chances for Jack, Sid and Harry, but all couldn't manage to find the back of the net. In the second half, King Charles' only real chance forced another great save from Nic in the Academicals goal. In the dying seconds, Harry H was put through on goal, but was only denied by a fantastic tackle from the quick-chasing King Charles defender.
Marlborough 0-1 Stithians Academicals
Stithians ended their season with probably their best performance of the year. After a cagey first half in which very few chances were created, Stithians looked sharp in defense and failed to exploit the gaps they found in the Marlborough midfield. Following the break, the game really came to life. Nic R in goal for the Academcals saw a wonderful strike sail just over his crossbar, and then pulled off a block to keep the score goalless. With a little under a minute to go, and with Stithians looking at a third straight 0-0 draw, Man of the Match Harry H sent a great ball out wide to Jack P who beat Marlborough's right back before hitting a pass across the face that Harry W tapped home. A great team goal and team performance!
Stithians Academicals v Rosemellin
Stithians Stadium, 3.30pm, Thursday 18 January 2018