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Sluggish Ealing A2 held by David Game in bore draw

30 Nov 2015

League match – 27th November 2015

Ealing Independent College 0-0 David Game College

Team: Azim, Malcolm, Jamie G, Mohamed (Jamie C), Hamza (Jamie R), Hamze (Gere), Krystian, Evan

When the main talking point which comes from a game is the intervention required by the referee to calm a coach and one of his players down, you know the quality of football was poor, and last night at Linford Christie Sports Centre, the amount of quality on show was not great. Ealing A2 put in a battling display which lacked precision, imagination or any kind of urgency required to break down a tough opponent in David Game College. By the end of the game, neither side had really done enough to merit a victory. Ealing can still say they are unbeaten in the league, but having two points at this stage as opposed to six, from what turned out to be winnable positons, is really quite disappointing.

The first half was one of few openings. Krystian had a speculative free kick which was parried by the David Game stopper, and David Game had a decent chance of their own which Azim managed to block with his feet. A forgettable half consisted of a string of long clearances from both defences, and what seemed like a hundred throw-ins. Neither side seemed able to get the ball down and play passes, and even when they did, mistakes were always waiting just around the corner. A poor first touch or an over-hit through ball characterised a game waiting to catch fire. This fire was actually only provided when a David Game player was convinced he had been elbowed in the back of the head by Jamie R, and despite having no absolutely no way of seeing this, made an embattled plea to the ref, claiming the official, no more than three yards away, had cheated his side out of a blatant foul. In truth, the ferocity of his appeal meant he was lucky to stay on the pitch, before he was calmed down much to his teammates’ embarrassment. A David Game defender then halted an Ealing attack with a petulant, deliberate handball. Again, he was fortunate to avoid further punishment.

The second half continued much in the same vein. The David Game coach was now the one wrongly convinced he was being cheated by the referee, forgetting his responsibility as a teacher to set an example to his team. In truth, challenges were robust, but this was a fairly and evenly officiated encounter. Mohamed made an excellent goal-saving challenge following an odd lapse from the Ealing defence. It seemed like the David Game striker took an age to wind up his shot, giving the defender just enough time to come to the rescue. Half chances fell Ealing’s way, but little more. Hamze hit a shot on the turn wide, and Hamza brought out a decent stop from the David Game ‘keeper, his only attempt in the game even near the target. There were encouraging debuts for Jamie R and Jamie C, but in fairness this was not great stuff from the A2 side. They looked sluggish and lacked the intensity required to grab the game by the scruff of the neck. Perhaps not having coach Allan Cairns on the sideline to roar approval or instruction deprived them of the spark needed to find the breakthrough.

In any case, an improvement is needed, particularly with the challenge of Albemarle and the Ealing derby to come in the next few weeks.

Man of the Match: Mohamed

Not many highlights to speak of, but Mohamed’s goal saving challenge mid-way through the second half was superb.

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