GNP Sports 2 Moors Academy 1
Moors succumb to pressure - by Ronald Crane
Despite pouring rain at kick-off, it was the young Moors who set the early pace. They swarmed over their high-flying opponents, to be rewarded on seven minutes when Stanley Anaebonam robbed the defender and produced a good centre for Rubyn Gill to stroke home.
It was not to last. Sloppy defence two minutes later allowed Stuart Hendrie to engineer a wonderful chip to beat Biddle. It was a really good finish, but he ought never to have been given the chance. Once again Moors had gifted their opponents a goal.
Yet for the remainder of the first half, it was the Moors who were on top. Hendrie’s effort would be GNP’s only attempt on target until the break. Jordan Clarke was working really hard up front for the Moors, and Campbell was more than doing his bit. Both had chances to put the Moors in front, but these were either saved, wide or blocked.
As we drew near the 30 minute mark, yet another defensive lapse allowed Rawlins a chance. He was wide from six yards.
There was a nasty challenge by GNP’s Lyons. The referee awarded a free kick only. It was to be 40 minutes before the home side forced a corner. As the ball came into the Moors area, Biddle was wrestled to the ground by Lyons. Again a free kick, and Lyons was lucky not to see a coloured card.
The second half was an ill-tempered affair in that the home side appealed for everything, and surrounded the referee with six or seven players on occasion. If the Moors were technically more gifted, it was the home side that used what one might call “game management” to their advantage. There seemed to be an awful lot of injuries to home players, and one felt we were approaching a crunch point.
It came on 68 minutes when Kamol Campbell was sent off on the say-so of the assistant referee, and that after a long conversation between the two officials.
The decision changed the game and six minutes later a home corner was headed across the Moors goal for Beach to put the ball into the net.
The Moors had surrendered the midfield and played far too many long and aimless balls forward. At the end, it was the home side who were well in control.
Considering how the game began, it was a disappointing result, but truth to tell, the Moors did not play to the standard they had set themselves in the past few weeks.
Moors: Biddle: Mbuti: Sephton(c); Bennett;(Lagui); Kendrick; Thomas; Gill ; Martin(Binner); Jordan Clarke; Anaebonam(Mahmood); Campbell. Subs not used Jerome Clarke & Meacham.
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