Flower Power Sends Wanderers on Their Way

Three goals from the Flower twins, two for Nick and one for Jake, were amongst the many highlights as Balmain hammered the hapless Earlwood Wanderers 6-1 on Saturday. Steve Flower-Lewis opened the scoring, beating the keeper from well outisde the box with a superbly taken free kick. Despite dominating possession, territory and chances, the Tigers let Earlwood back into the game when a miscued shot somehow bobbled into the far corner to even the scores. The Tigers regained the lead when Nick Flower controlled and tapped in Grant Flower-Burgess’ long throw, and the score remained 2-1 at half time. The second half was an utter demolition, with Nick Flower scoring from the penalty spot, Lewis-Flower adding a second, Julian Bracewell-Flower scoring with a header, and Jake Flower smashing in a shot from the edge of the area. With two disallowed goals and a host of good chances missed, the score could and should have reached double figures. The ever present Matt Flower-Jaffrey turned in another sterling performance to grab the Exchange Hotel man of the match award, fittingly on his birthday.

Hell froze over earlier as Balmain reserves scored from the penalty spot in their rather mediocre 3-2 victory. Vinny Leonard gave Balmain the lead late in the frst half when Jem Richardson’s cross dropped in the box for him to stroke the ball past the keeper. The Tigers then made it 2-0 shortly after half time when Honza Capek took on a couple of defenders and cut the ball back across goal for Richardson to push into an empty net. The Tigers then found themselves reduced to 10 men as Alex Kaltenegger did his best impersonation of a speed bump, which ended with him copping a boot to the kidney as an opponent ran over him at full speed. Earlwood hit back with a couple of goals in quick succession and Balmain were forced to bring on backup goalkeeper Svend to play on the field. The move turned out to be a stroke of tactical genius as his physical presence in the penalty box conjured up a foul from an Earlwood defender. Eamonn Byrne, the sixth penalty taker used this year, smashed his spot kick winner past the keeper to grab all the points for Balmain. Peter Glavas earned the Exchange Hotel man of the match with a solid effort in defence.

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