2nd Team Stats Archive :: Fixtures, Results and Reports

Newick (Home) - Division 2
Result: 1 - 3 (loss)

Scorers: Kevern

The reserves produced a much improved performance from the cup final but still lost out to Newick in the league on Saturday. A re-shuffled line up saw Irvine drop into central midfield, French Michael unleashed for his first start up top and Mullen slot in at centre half to cover injuries to the shaldoum clan. We started well creating some good early chances and pressurising Newick into giving the ball away. 20 minutes in Kevern received the ball from Irvine in the inside left channel. Kevern then turned two defenders and unleashed an unstoppable strike into the far top corner off the underside of the bar for 1 nil. We were in the ascendency with the makeshift back 4 looking solid until a very unfortunate slip from Ellison skewed a clearance and left him out of position for the Newick Centre forward to slot home. The rest of the half was more open with both sides playing some nice football without further goals.
After the break it was more of the same, Irvine and Kevern both went close and Fugl drew the best out of their keeper with a fizzing 25 yard drive that was tipped wide. At the other end Newick had a corner cleared off the line and Ellison saved well from their centre forward. Disaster struck on 65 minutes when a long through was missed by Lee and Chilmaid and put into the six yard box. Their striker reacted quickest and bundled home on the back post. We responded and Irvine crashed a header against the bar that was then scrambled off the line. As we pressed for an equaliser a shocker from Mullen (sorry lads!) saw him totally misjudge a goal kick and allow their striker through to make it a rather unjust 3-1 final scoreline. It was an open game with both sides creating and missing chances, the main difference being the two terrible 2nd half goals we conceded. MoM went to Irvine who was fantastic in the middle of the park.