Ressies edge out North Greenford in thriller
John Gibbons reports on an extraordinary match
On 5 November, 9 changes were made to the starting line up due to first team duties, train strikes and injury.
Relying on the depth of the under 18 squad, a team full of debutants took the field against Greenford. So it was no surprise that the boys struggled to find any rhythm in the first half. A lack of coordination led to the first goal which went to Greenford after their forward reacted first to a parried shot. The away team were lucky to get to the break trailing by the single goal.
The lads went back out with the target of keeping themselves in the game and working hard to try and gain some footing in the contest. But no one really expected what was to follow. With 10 minutes to go Skipper Callum Taylor was pushed forward from Centre back to play as a number 9. This took approximately 15 seconds to bear fruit as Richard Frempong broke away from a defensive corner and found himself in a 2 v 1 with Taylor. He picked the captain out with his cross and Callum calmly slotted the ball home.
Two minutes later after saving and catching a shot the home keeper put the ball down and then picked it up again. This gave the Angels a free kick 10 yards out. Taylor stepped up and hit a low shot under the wall and straight in. 2 -1.
Then on the 88 th minute Greenford won a corner and were awarded a penalty for pushing. 2-2.
Then into the 90 th minute the Angels got a corner and the referee gave a penalty for the same offence but this time to the Angels. Step up the man of the moment, Captain Fantastic stroked a well struck ball the opposite way to the keepers dive. 3-2 !
You would have though that was the end of it, but in the 93 rd minute the Greenford keeper came up for a corner and stood on the goal line. Lewis Mitchell the young Angels keeper was judged to have used his head as they squared up and was sent off. Liam McCreadie put on the gloves and kept out the corner as the referee blew for full time.
Thank goodness for an hour of peace on the M25 on the way home!!
Report from John Gibbons