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Wonder Goal Fails to Bring Victory

10 Oct 2018

League match – 9th October 2018

Ealing Independent College 2-4 CATS College

Team: Dominic (c); Jay; Edward; Aqeel; Various Others

Goals – Aqeel; Other

A scratch team made up of only four Ealing players took to the field at Burlington Danes on Tuesday night. Cut to the bone by last minute illnesses, injuries and the absence of Coach Cairns, Ealing lined up against CATS with the promise of a celebratory Nando’s if they managed to upset the odds and pull of the most unlikely of victory’s. Unfortunately, the miracle on AstroTurf failed to materialise and Ealing slumped to their third loss in a row in one of the last games this year to kick off in the daylight.

With a need to remain organised at the back pressed upon them by Coach Vale Ealing had the best chance of an even opening 10 minutes – a stellar run by one of the ringers up the ring crossed into Aqeel only slightly over hit and ending up in the side netting. Unfortunately, the same winger who proved so effective in attack failed in his defensive duties and too much space on the left allowed a CATS player to drive down the wing and put a hopeful cross in to the box which Dom turned into the back of his own net under pressure from the attackers.

The men in white, however, didn’t let this early set back get their heads down. Pressing again through Aqeel and Ed, and pushing for the equaliser they failed to learn from last week’s mistakes and got caught on the counter attack. An excellent CATS drive through the centre lead to CATS second goal and some vocal chastisement of his defence from the helpless Jay between the sticks. 2-0 CATS and it was starting to look like they would run away with the game.

This feeling was amplified when a few minutes later following an Ealing attack CATS went route one from a goal kick, picking out their striker direct from the keeper, who fired low past Jay for their third. A flurry of attacks then followed which led to Jay’s acrobatic skills being called upon to restrict them to 3 just before half time. Ealing showed that they were going to go down fighting, however, another drive down the wing and a cross into the box came towards Aqeel, who controlled the ball with his head and slammed a volley through the keepers’ legs into the back of the net – 3-1 at the break and Ealing seemed back in the game.

In the team talk Captain Dom and Coach Vale emphasised the need for focus in the second half. The team took this to heart and pressed from the whistle, drawing several corners from the CATS defence before failing to drop deep following the break down and allowing the opposition time and space to pick their spot for their fourth goal.

An even period followed this with both keepers making some great saves – Jay plucking the ball out of the air, and somehow pulling off an incredible triple save with the striker firing at point blank range in front of him, and Ed managing the pass of the day which allowed the ringers space to drive at the opposition goal. Neither side could find another break through however, until 10 minutes from time when, with both teams feeling the physical effects of a physical contest, one of the ringers picked up the ball and drove it past the opposition’s defence finishing in the bottom corner to make it 4-2. Ealing pressed for the rest of the game but couldn’t quite capitalise on the momentum. 4-2 final score, but the first goals of the season for Ealing, and a lot of positives to take from an exciting match.

Man of the match – Jay. Putting in a performance in goal worthy of Courtois, Jay was the difference between staying in the game and CATS being out of sight.

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