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Thursday Match Report - 12/07/2001

Goran Ivanisevic  Friday, July 13, 2001  11:43 GMT

Reds 4 v 5 Yellows

Teams: Yellows - Mike (1), Colim P (1), Dan (1), Jon D (2), John L, Rod, Chris.
Reds - Stuart (1), Andrea, Keith (1), Tony R (2), Ryan, Paul R, Simon, Campbell.
(Goals in brackets)

Eight against seven makes for a very crowded pitch and goals didn't come as easily, unlike previous weeks. At times this game suffered from the overcrowding on the pitch, what happened to Liddel's forward planning? His appeal for more players worked too well, maybe he needs to control numbers more in future?

The first half of the game was dominated by the Reds, making good use of their extra player. Despite the domination it took an unorthodox move from Stuart Pauley to prise open the yellow's defence. Some may say he was off side as he returned to the field of play, having just collected the goal-keeping gloves for his stint in goals; but the way he picked up the loose ball and swivelled before hitting a finely struck shot was magical to see. Unfortunately for Pauley this was to be one of his few contributions to the game, he still hasn't reached full fitness following his summer break.

The reds were running the show and scored again with goals from Tony Raffaelli and a hot shot from Keith Gordon, whose bullet shot seems to have returned to him The reds simply didn’t make the most of their dominant spell. Paul Reid missed several good opportunities and many of his team mates were heard to mutter, ‘ It’s not so easy when you have more than one defender to beat is it?’ Reid wasn’t the only offender though, Pauley got into some good positions but luck wasn’t on his side. He rattled the post after hitting the ball on the fly from a corner, it then cruelly ran along the goal line before heading away to safety. Later the ball seemed to stick to his leg as he again tried to hit the ball first time from a cross by Campbell. Goalkeeper Hillier was heard to laugh loudly as he collected the ball. He found himself chuckling away later in the game when Pauley hit another one straight into his hands. Between them Reid and Pauley could have put the game beyond the opposition. Andrea Tumiotto was flowing down the left hand side, working the one two’s with Tony Raffaelli, obviously trying to make the most of his last few weeks with the club. What a shame this pairing won’t be able to grow together next season.

It was to the yellows credit that they came back into the game, starting with McLoughlin’s hard challenge on Tumiotto and spurred on by the never say die attitude of Broadbent. The yellows started to press and soon got the breakthrough. Hillier, Pearson, Doig and Mcloughlin all got themselves on the score sheet. Mcloughlin’s audacious side hell from a cross was sublime and put the yellows ahead. Doig scored two but seemed less effective than he has been in recent weeks, possibly suffering from lack of space but he took his chances well.

The reds seemed to have gone to sleep at this point and despite a mini revival with Raffaelli drawing the scores level it wasn’t enough. Broadbent rallied the troops by shouting, ‘Come on, are we just waiting for the Reds to score again!’ The yellows scored again and held on to win. Pauley’s late run and left footed shot hit the post but Hillier was confident he had it covered. Gordon, Raffaelli, and Tumiotto all tried their hardest but the defence held out for what was probably a deserved win. They mixed it up and took the game to the yellows, intimidating them physically. Limna may not be the most skilful of players but he certainly knows how to miss-time a tackle. ‘I’m simply solid’ he said after the game.

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