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Davies double in vain as DLD edge five goal thriller

22 Jan 2015

Ealing DLD

Ealing Independent College 2-3 DLD College

The crestfallen Ealing side can look back on their efforts with some pride as they succumbed to a late, narrow defeat at the hands of the all-conquering league leaders last night. The college which did not even have a team three months ago were described by DLD boss Prad Koppa as “the best team we’ve faced in two and a half years”. It is with a degree of certainty that Ealing boss Allan Cairns can be confident that his fledgling side have it in them to improve further. Both sides started in a positive manner, stringing passes together and creating half chances against well drilled defences. Raja made a good point blank stop at his near post to deny a DLD striker, while Abdi’s powerfully struck shot hit a post, the rebound producing a decent save from the DLD goalkeeper following Al-Taie’s shot. It was in disappointing circumstances that DLD took the lead. The whites switched off in the immediate aftermath of the awarding of a free kick, and a scrappy passage of play lead to a striker in dark blue bundling home. Ealing refused to let their heads drop, and roared on by their manager, responded well. A long clearance from the back turned the DLD defenders and a poor headed backpass was seized upon by Evan Davies who calmly netted in the bottom left corner, running off in ecstatic celebration to the corner. It was DLD who now had to respond, and they did superbly. A wonderful passage of short passes and movement down the Ealing right pulled Yagoub, Bik and Gadoura out of position and a clinical finish restored DLD’s advantage. Vulnerability after scoring had come back to haunt Ealing again! With a half time score of 2-1, it was a game still very much in the balance. Cairns told his players to focus more attacks down the flanks, whilst keeping the overall shape, in an effort to exploit the width on the pitch. He implored them to keep the intensity high and this approach paid dividends as Ealing started to gain the upper hand. A brilliantly incisive passive move between Siu, Al-Taie and Abdi, freed the left winger up and he chose the perfect time to release Davies, whose first touch could not have been better to set himself for a clinical finish which pulled the whites level. Again, rapturous celebrations followed the goal. Cairns again implored his side not to give up this hard-fought parity and Ealing this time were more composed. Chances came at either end as the game drew to a close. Abdi found space outside the box only to blast a shot high and wide, while an awful error by Raja almost gifted a goal to a DLD forward, a fine save making up for a messy throw out. Raja made another good stop when a DLD striker raced through on goal, but could not do enough to hold a long cross shot from the impressive DLD number 7, and the winner was agonisingly poked home by a grateful striker in dark blue. This, in truth, was harsh on Ealing whose battling display, with no lack of quality, merited a point here. Playing this well should be enough pick up points against lesser opposition. Man of the Match: 1) Davies – two clinical finishes. 2) Gadoura – some tremendous tackles. 3) Al-Taie – Industrious.

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