On the way to the Stag someone offered a “Scouse like” football trivia question. “ Which YYL team won the Division title after losing 7-4?”……SPARTANS.
Spartans history was made yesterday as we clinched the Division Two title for the very first time. Will need to thank Boca, who came from 2 goals down at half time to thwart French Kiss any chance of winning.
On the day though…….
ANP 7 – SunSpartans 4 (Goals: Flabbo, Joe, Knowles, Forlan)
What a spectacle for the neutral and an unbelievable scoreline considering our defensive strengths this year.
The thing about this game is that we did not play all that badly. Granted we gifted ANP a couple of goals, but effectively ANP scored on every attack and considering Spartans squandered numerous chances the final score could have easily been 10-7 in favor of Spartans. ANP went 2-0 up very quickly, but we managed to get a goal back as Nana squared to Flabbo who slotted home. Briggsy somehow managed to handle the ball in the box to gift ANP a penalty. 3-1 HT.
With all the pressure we knew we could claw the goals back and when Flabbo put in Joe to make it 3-2 soon after the break, the game was for the taking!! We peppered the ANP defense, but we were getting caught offside far too often. ANP countered and inevitably scored to make it 4-2 We had no option but to push forward playing 3 at the back and bringing on Forlan up front….. it soon became 5-2 then 6-2. Knowles got a goal back from a rebound in the penalty area to make it 6-3. ANP broke again to make it 7-3. We then squandered a couple of clear one-on-ones with the ANP keeper, before Forlan slotted home to make it 7-4. Joe had a great game on the flanks always a threat going forward, but for his efforts and tireless running throughout the game…MOM: Knowles.
Although the league is clinched, we still have a final league game next week, which I want to win as much as our first league game, so please make the effort to show and we can celebrate in style.