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Change of Coach Causes Catastrophe for Ealing

14 Mar 2018

 

Friendly match – 13th March 2018

Ealing Independent College 1-5 MPW

Team: Abdullah, James, Luc, Jack, Brent, Josh, Hakim, Chifum

Goal scorer: Jack

Coach Cairns being unavailable due to an ever increasing workload Mr Vale stepped into the breach with the aim of bringing Ealing a victory. His first match in charge, however, did not go according to plan. An even contest throughout, the score line did not reflect the performance from the men in white, who battled on right to the end in a match which at half time looked like it could go either way.

An even opening half led to chances by both teams. Facing up with 7 men a piece from the start, both teams did well in possession – Brent turning a volleyed chance over the bar from the edge of the box midway through the first half - and some heroic saves from Abdullah in the Ealing goal ensured that the score remained 0-0 at half time. With Jack’s introduction late in the first half (due to a delayed arrival at the football pitch), and MPW finding an 8th player, the game’s tempo markedly increased, and it was Ealing who found themselves increasingly pressed at the back as the interval approached.

Reminded by Mr Vale at half time to keep it tight at the back, and stay goal side of the advancing MPW strikers, the defensive duo of Luc and James found themselves in no man’s land shortly after the break which allowed MPW to score an easy tap in at the back post. This was followed by a bit of comedy as MPW scored their second, with an inexperienced referee allowing the goal despite what the Ealing men saw as a slide tackle on the goalkeeper at the near post following a corner. After a quick consultation with the coaches at the side of the pitch, the referee reversed his decision and the score remained 1-0.

It did not stay that way for long. A clever bit of interplay between the MPW strikers saw James give away a free kick on the edge of the box which MPW worked in for their second goal which was now allowed to stand. With Ealing now chasing the game, however, Luc played a top class ball in to Jack, who finding himself unmarked finished a fantastic move to give Ealing a way back into the game.

Now chasing the equaliser, the men in white committed more and more men forward – Hakim and Josh doing their best on the wings to work the ball into the box and find some space for Brent and Chifum, and Luc playing some cracking balls up the pitch to Jack, who just couldn’t bring the ball under control to play in Chifum for the equalising goal. Having committed men forward to the attack, however, James found himself the lone defender when the break came for MPW and they were able to score three quick goals to make it 4-1 with 2 minutes to play. The fifth goal came in similar fashion with what was basically the last kick of the game – Ealing committing the entire team to the attack leaving an easy tap in for the counter-attacking MPW players.

All round a frustrating game for Ealing, who to their credit never let their heads drop as the game progressed. Mr Vale, however, did nothing in his first game in charge to show that he is a viable long term replacement for Coach Cairns. Ealing will be hoping to get back to winning ways in the last game of the season next week.

Man of the Match – Abdullah. Some world class saves in the first half kept Ealing in the match. Undone in the second half by chances that David De Gea would have struggled with, Ealing can be proud of their ‘keeper’s display last night.

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