Varsity Live Blog: Intramural Football and Men’s Thirds

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Keep up to date on all the Varsity football right here. The men’s seconds start the day at 9.45 kickoff, followed by the women’s at 11.35. The 1sts and 3rds are in action at 13.20. The intramural competition kicks off at 13.00.

 

avatar Robert Pratley March 18, 20172:44 pm

Southampton Intramural/Glen Eyre Captain James Taggert: “The boys put in a good performance, a lot of heart and fight. Generally we get better in the second half. I’d love to play again in Varsity 2018.”

avatar Robert Pratley March 18, 20172:39 pm

FULL TIME: INTRAMURAL 1ST: SOUTHAMPTON 4-2 PORTSMOUTH

TAGGART 47′ (PEN), BOYLES 55′, GREGORY 75′, SANDS 77′
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Harvey Jupe, Glen Eyre Right Midfielder: “All over them, lads.”

avatar James Moseley March 18, 20172:35 pm

avatar Robert Pratley March 18, 20172:33 pm

Questionable refereeing as Harvey is pulled back inside the box by the last defender. He drags the shot wide.

avatar Robert Pratley March 18, 20172:31 pm

GOAL! Southampton 4-2 Portsmouth

A cutting through-ball splits the Soton back four and Pompey’s No. 9 slots home into the far corner.
avatar Robert Pratley March 18, 20172:29 pm

What a second half from Glen Eyre in the Intramurals 1st. Jamie Taggart and his boys have been ruthlessly efficient. Ten minutes left.

avatar Robert Pratley March 18, 20172:26 pm

GOAL! 4-1 SOUTHAMPTON!

Charlie Sands scores a brilliant left footed finish from 20 yards, Soton have been utterly dominant in this second half.
avatar Robert Pratley March 18, 20172:24 pm

GOAL! Southampton 3-1 Portsmouth

Terrible defending from the Portsmouth centre backs allows Luke Gregory to slam home from close range on the half-volley. 75 mins played
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The Portsmouth goalkeeper finds himself handballing outside the box. Yellow card, the free kick is blocked well.

avatar Robert Pratley March 18, 20172:16 pm

A super cross from Murphy is tipped away by the keeper as we hit the 70 minute mark in the Intramural match.

avatar Damian Meaden March 18, 20172:14 pm

3rds – ’28 – GOAL! Southampton are LEVEL! Well taken from the right hand side, the forward cut in and placed it beautifully beyond the Portsmouth keeper! Get in! [1-1]

avatar Damian Meaden March 18, 20172:12 pm

3rds – ’27 – Portsmouth put the ball in the back of the net again – but it’s ruled out for offside! [1-0]

avatar Robert Pratley March 18, 20172:12 pm

GOAL! Portsmouth 1-2 Southampton

A defensive mix-up lets Portsmouth tap into an empty net. Southampton should have made it 3-0 seconds earlier.
avatar Damian Meaden March 18, 20172:11 pm

3rds – GOAL! ’25 – Portsmouth take the lead here at HMS Tremaire with a well taken half-volley. It’s been coming. [1-0]

avatar Robert Pratley March 18, 20172:07 pm

Southampton well in top in the Intramural, go Glen Eyre!

avatar Robert Pratley March 18, 20172:05 pm

GOAL! Intramural: Southampton 2-0 Portsmouth

Champagne football from Southampton is finished brilliantly by Will Boyles, stroking home from the edge of the box! 54′
avatar Robert Pratley March 18, 20172:03 pm

A great chance for Will Boyles following a dangerous cross, but his header just flashes over the bar. Glen have started well in the second half.

avatar Robert Pratley March 18, 20171:58 pm

GOAL! Intramural: Southampton 1-0 Portsmouth

Jamie Taggart powers the penalty low and to the right hand side! 47′
avatar Damian Meaden March 18, 20171:57 pm

3rds – ’11 – Fifth shot of the match for Portsmouth. Drilled from wide in the penalty area, keeper did well to reclaim it after nearly spilling it into the path of an oncoming forward.

avatar Robert Pratley March 18, 20171:57 pm

Second Half Intra begins!

Penalty to Soton!
avatar Robert Pratley March 18, 20171:56 pm

Intramural HT: Portsmouth 0-0 Southampton

A war of attrition- lots of fouls and few chances.
avatar Damian Meaden March 18, 20171:55 pm

3rds – ‘9 – Another shot straight at the Southampton keeper after some neat build up play from the hosts. [0-0]

avatar Damian Meaden March 18, 20171:52 pm

3rds – ‘6 – A small scuffle breaks out after a challenge by Southampton. The crowd sensibly decide to walk a little margin onto the pitch and then retreat when it quickly dies down. How mature. [0-0]

avatar Damian Meaden March 18, 20171:50 pm

3rds – ‘5 – Another shot over the bar from Portsmouth. It’s a lot more even than it sounds. [0-0]

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3rds – ‘3 – Portsmouth capitalise on a misplaced pass at the back from Southampton but the resulting shot is straight at the keeper. [0-0]

avatar Robert Pratley March 18, 20171:47 pm

Imtramural go close, Harvey drags a shot just wide as we hit the 30 minute mark.

avatar Damian Meaden March 18, 20171:46 pm

3rds: ‘1 – Early free kick for Southampton but it goes out harmlessly for a goal kick.

avatar Robert Pratley March 18, 20171:45 pm

Taggart penalised harshly for a foul in the left back position. A terrific free kick floated in sails just wide.

avatar Damian Meaden March 18, 20171:45 pm

Mens 3rds: Kick off! Southampton get us underway here at HMS Tremaire.

avatar Damian Meaden March 18, 20171:42 pm

Mens 3rds: The teams are out here! Hopefully Southampton can emulate the Women’s performance and get another much-needed win for Team Southampton?

avatar Robert Pratley March 18, 20171:40 pm

A decent attack down the right from Portsmouth ends with a cross-shot chipped over the bar. Still 0-0, half way through the 1st half.

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Good build up down the Southampton left but the attack breaks down.

avatar Robert Pratley March 18, 20171:27 pm

Another terrific save from Morris in the Intramural match! He tips a goalbound header onto the post and gathers at the second time of asking. Glen Eyre under pressure.

avatar James Moseley March 18, 20171:27 pm

0-0 at the intramurial currently…

avatar Robert Pratley March 18, 20171:24 pm

Swirling winds mean the ball is spending a lot of time in the air. Good keeping from Elliot Morris once again to sweep up behind.

avatar Tom Morgan March 18, 20171:21 pm

So, apparently it’s 3-0 in the women’s game.

Cutting edge coverage from the very best at the Wessex Scene as our reporter, located next to the pitch, somehow manages to miss two goals that were scored on the pitch.

Who says you need to actually watch the game to provide insight.

avatar Robert Pratley March 18, 20171:21 pm

Maks causing early problems, he wins a free kick 30 yards out. Pompey keeper gathers well.

avatar Robert Pratley March 18, 20171:18 pm

Good stop from Morris in the Soton goal, tipping a header from 18 yards onto the crossbar.

avatar Robert Pratley March 18, 20171:15 pm

Lineup: Morris, Taggart, Weir, Goodlife, Gregory, Murphy, Boyles, Stainsby, Maks, Pearce, Harvey

avatar Robert Pratley March 18, 20171:12 pm

And we’ve kicked off at the Intramurals. Scrappy so far.

avatar Robert Pratley March 18, 20171:10 pm

Intramurals 1st just about to kick off. Team news shortly.

avatar Tom Morgan March 18, 20171:08 pm

Second half well underway here in Portsmouth and it’s still 1-0 to the away team. With Southampton currently trailing overall, every point counts and there’ll be some anxious eyes on the match here.

avatar Tom Morgan March 18, 201712:45 pm

Half-time and it’s 1-0 to Southampton.

avatar Tom Morgan March 18, 201712:37 pm

Nothing much to report from the women’s football at the moment. A scrappy affair, which Southampton are probably edging.

Still 1-0 to the Stags.

avatar Tom Morgan March 18, 201712:22 pm

24 minutes in and Southampton go close again. Another defensive error from Portsmouth allows Southampton a sight at goal. The Pompey keeper reacts smartly to keep it out.

avatar Tom Morgan March 18, 201712:16 pm

The early goal appears to have taken the sting out of this one, as both teams continue to decide the best way forward.

A scrappy affair, with little drama at either end at the moment.

Bearing in mind that the previous game’s first goals were only scored towards the end of the first half, I think this is a slow-burner.

avatar Tom Morgan March 18, 201712:08 pm

11 minutes played and Damian has this to say on proceedings so far:

‘Portsmouth are certainly being proactive in their attempts to draw level, but some creative passing has often broken down at the final third. Southampton seem cautious to get forward’.

avatar Tom Morgan March 18, 201712:04 pm

After a disappointing loss in the men’s second game, we’re currently leading the women’s match by a goal to nil.

Plenty of football still to be played though.

avatar Tom Morgan March 18, 201712:00 pm

GOAL!

Southampton take the lead through slack defending from the Pompey back line. Southampton’s number 22 regains possession before looking up and lashing the ball into the far corner.

1-0 to Southampton.

avatar Tom Morgan March 18, 201711:58 am

Two minutes in and we have our first chance. It’s the home-team who go close with a free-kick that Southampton just about manage to scramble clear.

avatar Tom Morgan March 18, 201711:56 am

The women’s match has just kicked off and we’ve got roving reporter Damian to relieve Travis from his pitch side duties.

avatar Tom Morgan March 18, 201711:52 am

Fresh from the woes of defeat, the Southampton captain says he felt that his team were punished by Portsmouth’s first-half press. He’s proud of his team’s efforts though.

avatar Tom Morgan March 18, 201711:50 am

Portsmouth hold out though and claim a memorable victory in the men’s second football match.

Having scored two in as many minutes during a frantic end to the first half, Portsmouth were in control at half-time before Southampton pegged them back on the breakaway.

The flash-points in this game seemed to come in packs, as Portsmouth re-established a two-goal cushion only to see their margin reduced almost instantly by another well-taken penalty.

In the end, Portsmouth ran out deserved winners in a tightly contested game.

avatar Tom Morgan March 18, 201711:44 am

Closing exchanges in what has been an absorbing game.

Southampton’s keeper is up for a corner…

avatar Tom Morgan March 18, 201711:35 am

Southampton’s porous defence continues to give away chances like this is Nando’s and Portsmouth have unlimited free chance refills.

Great save from the Stags keeper, leaping to palm away a looping effort.

avatar Tom Morgan March 18, 201711:32 am

Free kick for Portsmouth in a promising position and a yellow card for Southampton’s number 7.

avatar Tom Morgan March 18, 201711:30 am

The women’s first match kicks off in just over 5 minutes.

We’ll be pitch-side with all the latest scores, updates and (hopefully) drama.

avatar Tom Morgan March 18, 201711:26 am

3-2!

What a game.

Another penalty, another goal for Southampton.

In a year of great comebacks [think Barcelona and the Super Bowl], could we be in for yet another remarkable late surge?

avatar Tom Morgan March 18, 201711:24 am

Portsmouth re-establish their 3-1 lead with another lofted cross and headed conversion.

But what’s this?

A second penalty to Southampton?

avatar Tom Morgan March 18, 201711:23 am

Southampton have apparently switched to three at the back in a desperate attempt to turn the game around. The system, which depends on yo-yo wing-backs, has been employed to great effect by Chelsea and Tottenham this season and the Stags need it to come up trumps for them.

avatar Tom Morgan March 18, 201711:20 am

Mad scenes as Portsmouth miss the chance to put this game to bed.

Southampton fail to deal with a cross into the box and the Portsmouth striker somehow contrives to blast the ball over from 6 yards out.

Huge let-off for Southampton.

avatar Tom Morgan March 18, 201711:16 am

That goal has fired this one into life, as Southampton’s number six and Portsmouth’s number 45 clash off the ball.

Nothing doing though, as the referee waves the game on.

avatar Tom Morgan March 18, 201711:12 am

And that’s 2-1. The comeback is on!

Southampton’s number nine is put clean through on goal after a searching cross-field pass and makes no mistake, slotting in off the post.

We’ve got a game on our hands now!

avatar Tom Morgan March 18, 201711:05 am

Southampton have steadied the ship in the second-half, but Portsmouth aren’t allowing them much leeway at the moment.

Still 2-0 with most of the second half still to play.

avatar Tom Morgan March 18, 201710:57 am

Can Southampton claw back the deficit?

We’re about to find out – the second-half is underway.

avatar Tom Morgan March 18, 201710:49 am

Half-Time in the seconds football and Portsmouth lead 2-0.

According to our pitch-side reporter Travis, the game was a tighter contest than the scoreline would have you believe. Southampton lost control after the penalty, which was converted to open the scoring, and allowed Portsmouth to grab another before the break.

Can the Stags turn it around?

avatar Tom Morgan March 18, 201710:43 am

Goal for Portsmouth. Fantastic (awful) news.

A cross from deep is headed in smartly at the back post.

Long way back for the Stags now!

avatar Tom Morgan March 18, 201710:41 am

They say you’re most likely to concede immediately after scoring, but Southampton are in danger of losing control of this match as the opposite nearly happens.

The ball is given away in the box and Portsmouth get a snap-shot off but the strike is well saved by the keeper.

avatar James Moseley March 18, 201710:41 am

Photo: Portsmouth lining up the penalty that they scored

avatar Tom Morgan March 18, 201710:39 am

Converted in style.

No hint of nerves from the duly elected penalty taker, who places the ball high into the roof of the net.

1-0 to Portsmouth with a little under five minutes to go in the first half.

avatar Tom Morgan March 18, 201710:37 am

Penalty to Portsmouth!

Clumsy from Southampton, as a trip sends a purple forward flying.

Stand by…

avatar Tom Morgan March 18, 201710:34 am

Not a lot to report from the football as the two teams continue to play cat and mouse in the middle third.

A chance for Portsmouth though and one they really should have snapped up. A shot from 12 yards drifts agonisingly wide.

avatar Tom Morgan March 18, 201710:17 am

A speculative long-range effort from Southampton is well saved by the Portsmouth keeper.

Still 0-0 in the men’s seconds.

avatar Tom Morgan March 18, 201710:12 am

Portsmouth hit the bar twice in quick succession, after a lofted free-kick from out wide caused chaos in the Southampton defence.

The away side survive – for now.

avatar Tom Morgan March 18, 201710:07 am

Just a run down of estimated kick-off times for the football today.

The men’s 2nd teams are currently playing, whilst the 1st and 3rd matches are due to start around 1:20pm.

The women’s game kicks off around 11:35am.

avatar Tom Morgan March 18, 201710:00 am

And we’re off in the men’s seconds, with Southampton getting us underway.

C’mon you Stags!

avatar James Moseley March 18, 20179:48 am

Game seems to have been delayed, pushed back to 10am start it seems…

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