Match Report
Radley College 1st XI vs  Magdalen College School
On: Friday, 02 Feb 2024
Venue: at Home

Friday night games are always difficult for the Radley boys finishing lessons at 6pm and they were facing a very strong MCS side. However, it was Radley who started the stronger, calm at the back with high ball pace in the transfer. The back 4 of Rory Acheson-Gray, Digby Eliot, Freddie Blacker and Rory Tomlin controlled the outletting well with both Rory's seeing plenty of the ball.

The first breakthrough came after Tomlin threw an aerial at the MCS sweeper who missed it allowing the ball to go through to the surprised keeper. He was pounced on by Archie Durden Smith and Olly Southan resulting in Archie scoring from close range. 1-0 Radley.

This spurred Radley on and Rory AG made great inroads on the right hand side, more pressure on the MCS defence, a melee in the D and Olly Southan poked home another. 2-0 Radley.

MCS quickly rallied and despite great man to man marking by the midfield trio of Will Matthews, Morgan Barnes and the tireless Jamie Fletcher, the MCS right half ran the length of the pitch to score a great individual goal. Half time Radley 2-1 MCS.

MCS started hard in the second half squeezing the Radley defence and beginning to dominate in midfield. The defence found it hard to outlet and inevitably conceded corners. Charlie Weston was superb in goal and made a brilliant save moments before MCS levelled through another backhand strike from the edge of the D. 2-2.

Radley were not done forcing three corners of their own. On another day Southan's deflection would have gone in but instead hit the player and another corner awarded. Will Matthews also went close with a great strike from the top of the D. At the other end more heroics from the defence during open play and corners. Rory AG taking a drag off the line at waste height and dispatching it to the boundary was a highlight.

Final result 2-2. A fair reflection of the game with MCS playing the more controlled hockey especially in the second half but Radley showing unbelievable grit and determination throughout the 60 minutes. Man of the match is shared between Charlie Weston and Jamie Fletcher