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Ealing finally put David Game College to the sword

03 Feb 2015

Ealing got back to winning ways in the league last night but for large periods of a sluggish first half display, they were left searching for the good form that saw them push DLD to the limit last week. Organisation, passing and communication were poor and it was in these frustrating opening passages of the game that they fell behind to an excellent individual goal by David Game’s standout player, who was sporting standout pink boots. He rode two challenges excellently and then dispatched an accurate shot low into Raja’s bottom left hand corner. The only response forthcoming from Ealing was to embark on a brief period of berating each other for their early mistakes. A large slice of good fortune, when it did come, was needed to bring Ealing back on terms. A poor pass back to the David Game defence was miscontrolled, and the ball, bouncing dangerously outside the box was buried by Abdi, who sharply seized on the opportunity.

Ealing might have gained parity but were certainly lacking in balance. At this point, the late arrival of Al-Taie, and instant introduction to the game, transformed Ealing’s fortunes. A game which had been a struggle of unfamiliar positioning and poor communication suddenly became very easy. Neat work down the left by Siu and Al-Taie worked a good opening and Abdi was again on hand to drive a powerful shot beyond the hapless David Game ‘keeper. It was a goal at a crucial time, to take Ealing in with a slender advantage at the break. Manager Allan Cairns told the side to get the basics of passing and first touch right and maintain shape. He made it clear that a third goal would undoubtedly kill the game and that the whites just needed to work hard enough to get it. Despite arguments over who was starting the second half, Ealing began to play more like a team, moving the ball well and hunting down the opposition. Davies, who had a couple of half chances at the start of the second half, finally got his name on the scoresheet with a bobbling effort which bamboozled the David Game stopper to give some breathing space. Seconds later, the irrepressible Al-Taie then danced through the now tiring David Game midfield to smash a tremendous shot low to the keeper’s left. This quick two goal salvo had indeed killed the game.

David Game were now there for the taking and some further changes to the side by Gadoura injected the required energy to exploit spaces left in their tiring defence. Yusuf came on to replace a solid Al-Ahmed, Olsson replaced the excellent Abdi, Killimbe came on for Siu and Chabane replaced the ever willing Davies. Hitting the Greens on the break would now be the tactic used, and it reaped rewards. Killimbe, after missing a couple of good chances, was found by a great through ball by Gadoura to increase the lead further with a more composed low left-foot shot, and Chabane put some extra gloss on the win with a late poachers goal, pouncing on hesitant defending to get in front of the keeper to poke home the sixth. In fairness, this was not one of Ealing’s best performances but the commanding win has moved them up to third in the league table with games in hand. Toppling DLD may be a step too far but second place in well within their sights.

Man of the Match:

1) Al-Taie – transformed game. 2) Abdi – Positive display and two goals. 3) Gadoura – good leadership.

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