Goals: Joe Mc, Steve G
A glorious winters day the Spartan army ventured off to unknown county, Shing Mun Valley to be exact. Easy to find with the modern wonders of Google Maps, lying at the end of the red MTR it seem to take us forever to get to the place. When we arrived the 5,000 seat stadium was impressive unfortunately the pitch was hard and bumpy and no doubt would even the contest. A battle was on the cards against our dearest foe and close neighbors the Revolution.
Kick-off and we had amassed a strong squad for this one. The early exchanges saw a lot of lose and untidy stuff. Mav was having a torrid time with their left winger not sure if it was the skills of the lad or his 4am session at Spicy’s that was the cause. In either case Mav got the better of him as the game went on much to gaffas relief. However in general we started off the brighter and with about 15 minutes in Jan sublime bit of trickery near the box left the defender in his wake. A cross and mishit by Scouse saw young Joe slot home our first.
We continued to pepper the Revolutions goal and they had their chance too. One chance which we created saw some outstanding play by Angus and Joe on the left with Angus Shot/Cross falling to Medhi who unfortunately couldn’t find the net. However moments later a goal mouth scramble saw Steve G put us 2 nil up at the break a timely goal.
The second half was battle royale. After losing Angus to knee injury we seem to lack the spark and we were on the back foot for much of the half. A goal was ever coming for Revolution and bumbling high ball in the box wasn’t dealt with and one of their players strike, clawed one back for them.
The next 10 minutes we looked second best and if it wasn’t for two outstanding saves by Thomas we no doubt would have gone level with them even possibly behind. However we slowly gasped our way back into the game with some resolute defending and some die hard midfield play by the Knowlzer. We had several clear opportunities to kill the game but none where taken in the end the whistle blew and much to our relief a terrific win.
Some outstanding performances on the park, the back two of Bertie and Briggs who stood a barrage of attack in second half should be well rewarded for their efforts. Jim R introduction in the second half was outstanding but for mine however young Joe was a clear man of the match. Ever dangerous on the left he ran his socks and caused Revolution all sorts of headaches.
A long walk back home and not sure what happen but Bertie and I caught some bug of sorts. Hunching over the computer sniffling and feeling like a truck has hit me there is one saving grace where that much more closer to a title.