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Ealing draw blank in bad-tempered stalemate

05 Dec 2014

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Albemarle College 0-0 Ealing Independent College

If passion, desire and commitment were all it took to be a successful team, Ealing Independent College are already there. Sadly, passion, desire and commitment on their own will not bring you goals. Last night, a killer instinct in front of goal was the key ingredient missing from an improved performance where some sharp, neat passing and an improved shape made the side more solid at the back and looking increasingly dangerous going forward. A slight delay to the game due to the London traffic system meant that it would be cut down only to 40 minutes. Both sides set about making up for the lack of time by getting straight on the front foot. Tackles were flying in from the start of the match, and one innocuous looking challenge from the back on Evan Davies on the edge of the box led to a surrounding of the referee to ascertain the outcome of his decision. This erupted into an almighty face-off between both sides, with much posturing, insults traded and Liban Yusuf snarling angrily at the Albemarle number 7. Both coaches waded in to separate the stramash. Yusuf had to be calmed and subsequently substituted to make way for Al-Ahmad amid fears he would let his reckless aggression get the best of him. Incidentally, the resultant indirect free kick led to nothing. An improved pressing game had Albemarle pushed back into their own half for much of the match. The ceaseless chasing down of the ball was personified by the impressive Killimbe who deserved a goal for his selfless efforts. Chance after chance was created, but Ealing were profligate in front of goal, Davies and Abdi the main offenders, though the Albemarle goalkeeper put in a strong display. The continuous pressing employed by Ealing did leave some space at the back but barring a few misplaced passes out of defence, and some dangerous looking long shots at goal by Albemarle, Yagoub, Bik and particularly Gadoura looked assured, while Raja was rarely called into action. In the final few minutes the team in purple threw caution to the wind, leaving their defence horribly exposed to the counter attack, but still Ealing could not take advantage, even when their wasteful strike force raced through one-on-one. The game ended goalless with Ealing in particular rueing missed chances, while hand-shakes at the final whistle showed that no bad blood lingered after the clash.  Albemarle manager Tim Chew praised both sides for responding positively after the fierce opening exchanges and Ealing boss Allan Cairns was happy to concentrate on the improved performance rather than the result. Their final friendly against DLD on the 12th of December is their last before competitive action and will see an injection of youth into the side, with Olsson, Zareei, Siu and Walker all set to start with a desire to stake a claim for the starting line-up after Christmas. The league campaign of 2015 promises to be an exciting one.  

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