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21 Apr 2016

League match – 22nd April 2016

Ealing Independent College AS/GCSE 1-4 Albemarle College

Team: Sultan, Danial, Thomas, Acil, Kai, Isaga (Yuri), Ryan

The wider story of the AS/GCSE team’s season played out last night in another convincing defeat. Missing four key players for a variety of reasons – Zak’s absence all day without explanation, Hasan’s motoring accident, Georges’ sickness and Enver’s no-show – the team were left with 7 players. Albemarle were incredibly sporting in agreeing to play with one player less to ensure parity. It didn’t matter anyway. From the off, they outclassed their opponents in red, and in doing so, sent a message loud and clear to the Ealing A2 team just a week before next Thursday’s now winner-takes-all title deciding clash.

 Told not to lose the ball in their own half on pain of death, Danial promptly found a way to do so 5 minutes in. A couple of passes later, and the Albemarle number 5 swivelled to volley into the bottom corner beyond Sultan. Albemarle had another shot just over straight after, and for a moment it looked like they were capable of running up a cricket score against their bottom-of-the-league counterparts. However, the reds dug in and contested the remainder of the first half well. Not many chances arose other than long shots, though Kai’s decent effort towards the top corner was palmed away by the Albemarle ‘keeper.

During the first period, a nice show of sportsmanship occurred when Isaga, who had pulled a muscle, was helped off the pitch by two Albemarle players. Yuri helped out the AS/GCSE side by filling it while he hobbled off. The half time team talk incorporated a message imploring the side to keep their arrears to just one for as long as possible, but less than two minutes in to the second half, more sloppiness at the back presented Albemarle with their second. Number 5 again finishing well after the reds failed to clear. He managed to complete his hat-trick soon after, dribbling through two weak challenges to finish despatch another effort past Sultan.

The game was over as a contest, but the AS/GCSE team did not stop trying to get a goal back. Kai had effort after effort saved by the Albemarle stopper, and Ryan had some openings but couldn’t take advantage. A long shot following two passes out from the Albemarle defence then found it’s way into the back of the net, with Sultan rooted to the spot and apparently completely deceived. The final action of the match saw Isaga, having returned to the pitch, race clear to finally smash a shot high into the purples’ net. Jubilant scenes were a little tongue-in-cheek on the sidelines, but this was the first goal that Ealing AS/GCSE had scored since Isaga’s against David Game College, back in February. Worryingly, that’s almost 200 minutes of football!

So attentions now turn to next Thursday at Westway. Albemarle’s win here puts them back at the top of the table after a three month absence, with a goal difference advantage of 2 over Ealing A2. This is fairly irrelevant however. Ealing A2 know that only a win will do in the match to take the title, and if you’d have offered such a scenario to them at the start of the season, they would have gladly accepted it.

Man of the Match: Acil

Without doubt the AS/GCSE player of the season, Acil again gave absolutely everything to a losing cause. Just how exhausted he was at the end of the game demonstrated his efforts.

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