In what has traditionally been the most physical game of the league, it seemed that this match was to be no exception. With the rather volatile crowd exchanging taunts in the warm up, referee Ian Hartman showed who was in charge, immediately stamping on a wayward tackle from behind by Hornets Gerry Macdonald and issuing the first yellow card after only three minutes. The resultant free kick was powerfully punched away off the head of young Damon Hale who had timed his run to perfection.
Macdonald and Carden tussle for the ball
The equalising yellow was given in the 19th minute to Kendrick Westcroft for a scything tackle on Calvin Staunton, whose recent software update to his bionic legs had given him an extra yard of speed. His sights set for goal; the subsequent free kick was inch perfect but was matched by an in-form Sam Holloway in the Wals Reds goal who superbly tipped the ball over for a corner. He was beaten by the resultant corner however, whipped in to the near post and flicked in past a stationary Holloway by Joan Valcarce, who today wore those shorts that look like a skirt at the front, but shorts from the back.
Valcarce celebrates with Spheeris who had embarrassingly picked up the wrong shirt
After half an hour, Wals Reds finally gained a bit of rhythm with Jacob Standing putting Humphrey Dooston through into acres of space who fired a rocket shot from 20 yards, whistling into a helpless Roger Klinjhout’s right stanchion for a goal kick.
19 year old Jacob Standing about to put Dooston through
On 35 minutes, a free kick from Willie Carden saw Klinjhout steer the ball round his left post for a corner, which was taken quickly as Konstantin Laidmäe rushed to the far post and hit a powerful downward header past Klinhout to equalise.
The second half proved to be a midfield battle until Donovan Perry gave away a needless free kick on the edge of the Hornets box after 62 minutes. Cardens excellent effort was equally matched by Klinjhout, who immediately took the initiative, throwing the ball out to Leon Gregory, who spotting the break ran the length of the field firing a low cross to a diving Valcarce in front of an open goal, but who couldn’t get enough on it to make it count.
In the end, it was a fair result, with the crowd certainly enjoying the spectacle giving both teams a standing ovation as they left the field.
Both managers seemed pleased with the result, especially as they both picked up a cool €1.9m on some pools betting.
After the game Mr Wal stated:
“After losing badly we needed to steady the ship today and we did that well against the Hornets. Now we need to build on that and go for the win and as we play them again next we are in confident mood.”
JB was a little more aggressive.
“Well, we got what we came for and only picked up one injury, which in itself is a good result here – usually we have half the team out. After the plane attack on the stadium which no one has yet claimed responsibility for, we were determined to get some sort of a result – we expect a win in the return game on Wednesday to move us a little further from the relegation zone.”