Renaissance 5-2 FC Enterprise
Renaissance started the Camden Thursday 5’s league with a comfortable win against FC Enterprise. A Titian hat trick and one each from Scholesy and Brunelleschi ensured that there was no opening night upset in north London.
Although things looked tight at half time, with the Blues only one nil to the good, a quick flurry of early second half goals put the game beyound the reaches of their rather pedestrian opponents.
Manager Verrocchio had a squad of 6 players to choose from, with Rembrandt unavailable due to personal reasons. The gaffer stressed the importance of controlling things early on, as Renaissance loked to ease themselves in to their new, quite hostile playing environment. The team of course have played at this venue for a number of seasons, but their most recent title winning campaign in Battersea was played on a more expansive, durable surface. This was in sharp contrast to the sand battered ‘knee grazing’ terrain of Haverstock.
After a few cagey moments, when Renaissance were guilty of falling foul to some of the rules of the league, they soon found their stride. The first goal of the night and the campaign came from Titian. The determined Iranian picked up the ball from Scholesy and fired in from a tight angle. 1-0 Renaissance.
As the half progressed, Renaissance began to dominate possession, but their game was disrupted by some heavy handed challenges from Enterprise. Coluccio was bundled over by one over zealous player when looking to head through on goal. The referee awarded a foul, but the player was lucky that it was not worse for him and his team. Scholesy and Titian had a few more efforts on goal, but without any joy. At the other end, the defence of The Artist & Coluccio kept things relatively tight, with The Cat only really tested with one decent effort that was palmed away from goal. HT Renaissance 1 FC Enterprise 0
During the interval, Verrocchio urged his charges to up their game but also not to panic. Brunelleschi joined proceedings at this stage for Coluccio. In the first eight minutes of the second period, everything clicked for Renaissance, as they raced away to a 4-0 lead. Scholesy made it 2-0 following an assist from Brunelleschi who played him into space down the right and the Raynes Park man did the rest with a neat finish.
Two soon became three a few minutes later. The returning Coluccio picked up a pass from The Artist, and seeing the run of Titian slipped him a neat pass down the middle that split the defence. The forward made no mistake running through and firing into the bottom left.
Renaissance were now in control, but rather than resting on their laurels, they continued to attack. Brunelleschi got in on the scoring act next. After receiving the ball from Titian, the big man dropped a shoulder, let the defender go across him, before providing a fine finish with his left foot that gave the keeper no chance. 4-0.
Knowing that the win was now virtually a given, Renaissance were perhaps guilty of easing off a tad and a few minutes later allowed a 1-2 pass by Enterprise to be rounded off with a shot by Nat Martin that gave The Cat little chance. However, it seemed that Renaissance wasted little time dwelling on things, as Titian, moments later, completed a memorable hat trick. Initially beating a defender, he showed great poise by slipping the ball through the legs of the advancing custodian and restoring his team’s four goal cushion. It was no surpise to see who was awarded MOTM.
There were only a few minutes of the match to go, when a seventh and final goal was conceeded. It will be one to forget for the Renaissance gloves man though. In trying to start an attack with a long throw, the ball was intercepted by Enterprise player Mike Patsalou. He had a speculative shot that The Cat got hands on, but the ball creeped agonisingly over the line. It was a rare mistake by a player who has been in top form from the last campaign, earning praise and accolades in the process. Ultimately though, the goal was not critical, and as the full time whistle went soon after, Renaissance can be pleased with their efforts. This league promises to be tough and physically challenging. If the players can adapt to that quickly, then they can let their football do the talking.
The Cat, The Artist, Coluccio, Scholesy, Titian