Ascension : Ascension Island Football 1
Submitted by The Islander (Islander Editors) 22.05.2014 (Article Archived on 05.06.2014)
With underdogs Hull hours away from facing Arsenal in the FA Cup Final, Inbetweeners faced an even bigger task when they could only field 8 players against Raiders.
Ascension Island Football
Raiders score the highest goal tally of the season over 8 man Inbetweeners
With underdogs Hull hours away from facing Arsenal in the FA Cup Final, Inbetweeners faced an even bigger task when they could only field 8 players against Raiders. The task if not realised before definitely was when Bennett scored the quickest goal of the season within 10 seconds. Inbetweeners then got themselves organised at the back and began putting bodies on the line to try and prevent the onslaught of Raiders attacks, which they did for a while but couldn’t stop Consey from grabbing 2 goals before half time, the first from a patient build-up resulting in Corey teeing up the midfielder inside the box and another individual effort. A 4th might’ve been added before the whistle when Clingham in a Ronaldo-esk stance over a free kick saw his effort saved buy Murray-Stringer.
The second half began like the first with Raiders camped in Inbetweeners half. Fuller was the first to get the goals flowing again, when he scored his first goal of the season at the back post from a corner. Bennett completed his hat trick, one following a break forward from Duncan and another when Bennett stole from Crocky to fire in from close range. Dewy also continued his challenge for this season’s top goal scorer, with 4 goals, most notably a break from the half way line beating defenders for pace before slotting pass the keeper. Lyndon capped of a good individual performance at right back when he started and finished a move that began in his own half. Consey completed his 4 goal tally just before the final whistle, with his second coming from a nod forward by Philly allowing him to collect and blast in. Inbetweeners only shot of the match came in the 85th minute but unfortunately was off target.
Notching up 38 shots throughout the match Inbetweeners were fortunate to not concede more than 13 goals, and will hopefully regroup in time for their final match of the league. Raiders will now be full of confidence going into their match against title contenders IDL.
Interserve fight back for a draw to take the title into its final weekend.
Following the disappointment of MCR being unable to field a team consequently giving 3 points to VC Milan Interserve knew they had to win to give themselves the best chance of winning the title. Two Boats recruited Simon Williams as their goal keeper with Interserve suffering from injuries to key players, namely goal keeper Jo and midfield hard man Peaches.
The men in pink started well, applying all the pressure in the opening 10 minutes but could not break down the Two Boats defence. It was Two Boats however to have the first opportunity to go ahead when Interserve’s stand-in keeper, Ally Stu partially smothered a shot with the loose ball being fired just wide of the post. Callum was being kept busy at left back but was coping well with Bongis who was seeing plenty of the ball on the right wing. With 20 minutes gone Interserve were still seeing the majority of the possession pushing Two Boats back into their half. Shonray turned on the afterburners when an over the top ball saw him break into the box but new keeper Williams was out quickly to prevent this season’s top scorer so far from adding to his tally. Shoe was next to create an opening when the midfielder received a throw-in and beating Kimbo for pace he whipped in a cross to Billy who was keeping up with play, but the forward was stretching and could only head wide. As the half time whistle sounded Two Boats were beginning to see more of the ball, Interserve would’ve been happy not to have conceded and still stood a chance of taking all 3 points.
Two Boats came out quickly in the second half and had a shot cleared when a Melvyn corner was fired on goal by Billy. Shonray almost broke the deadlock when a cross into the box found him unmarked, a text book header low to the side of the keeper looked certain to hit the net but Williams was again equal to it and was down quickly to his right to save. Quickly releasing the ball Two Boats were back into Interserve’s half with Shoe breaking into the edge of the box and a clever turn with his back to goal saw Kimbo clip Shoe to bring him down for a penalty. Melvyn stepped up and the veteran defender showed all his experience to calmly place the ball to the keepers left. Two Boats were now controlling the match with Interserve moving Cox into a more defensive position and Bongis and Shonray pushed further up the field. Two Boats almost pounced again when Cody whipped in a teasing cross but no one could get onto the end of it. Shonray and Williams continued their dual when the forward fired a free kick low to the keepers near post but once again Williams palmed the ball away. Shonray finally found the back of the net when another free kick found its way to him which he volleyed in through a crowded penalty area. In the remaining 10 minutes both teams battled hard for the winner but for great defending and calm goal keeping the score remained equal until the final whistle.
· Raiders forfeited 3 points to VC Milan, Week 3.
· Raiders deducted 1 point for not supplying an Assistant Referee, Week 4
· Week 4 will be played at the end of the League Fixtures due to field being unfit for purpose
· MCR deducted 1 point for not supplying an Assistant Referee, Week 7
· MCR forfeited 3 points to VC Milan, Week10.
Why not come down and support your favourite team as MCR, VC Milan and Interserve United battle to win the League Title and Shonray Phillips and Lewis ‘Dewy’ Dewberry go head to head for Top Goal Scorer of the season.
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