Meteors notches up 5-0 upset win over strong Clinton side
THE last thing Meteors players would have expected was to walk off the pitch on Saturday night 5-0 victors.
Facing a Clinton side that looks arguably more impressive on paper this season than the previous, a dogfight would have been closer to what Meteors players and staff had prepared themselves for.
That was certainly the way Meteors' first team coach, Nelson Rose had prepared, before the surprise he was still feeling on Sunday after the emphatic result.
"It was a very unexpected result when I saw their team line up to take the field," Rose said.
"I'm really very chuffed and still quite impressed with my boys."
He said a straightforward penalty decision early in the game, coolly slotted, had helped ease the nerves and allowed his side to settle into a rhythm.
However, they were lucky not to concede a quick equaliser, with Clinton spurning a gilt-laden opportunity by putting the ball over the crossbar.
The score line, 1-0 at halftime, represented the tightly contested nature of the opening stanza, with Meteors on top, but still allowing Clinton a number of chances to get back into the game.
Meteors skipper Alex Weatherby took the game by the throat, bossing his team around and taking a hat-trick himself, in the ensuing rout.
"He's our midfield general, his work rate is phenomenal and he's a perfect leader for our side," Rose said.
"He got a pretty good goal early in the second half and a really nice volley from outside the box... he's a perfect leader for our side the way he leads by example."
Rose praised his side's resilience in the beginning of the second half, as Clinton tried desperately to peg back an early equaliser.
"It was good defending on our part and there's always a slice of luck with it as well."
Weatherby was quick to praise the work of his side's revamped defence which enabled the attack to flourish.
"Defensively they (Meteors backline) were fantastic yesterday (Saturday)," Weatherby said.
The Meteors midfielder echoed his gaffer's surprise at the result.
"They looked a lot stronger especially on paper but we stuck to our game plan and got wide a lot, which is one of our strengths," he said.
In a quirky twist of the draw, the two sides will face off against each other in the next round, meaning there will be plenty of spirit in the match, which Rose expected Clinton would use to exact some revenge for the 5-0 drubbing on the weekend.