It was a 2-2 draw for Fish Island this week against the Caledonian Park Rangers.
The first half started with FIFC playing with the wind. The Scales conceded a goal minutes after kickoff. A CP Rangers’ free kick into the box was not dealt with which allowed the ball to be poked in at the far post. 0-1. Having gone a goal down so early we felt that it was important to get an equaliser in the first half whilst the blustery conditions were on our side. The wind allowed us to contain CP Rangers in their half and create several chances. The most notable fell to Craig. The left winger stretched to meet a cross across the face of goal but unfortunately there wasn’t enough contact to turn it into an equaliser.
0-1 at half time.
The message in half time team talk was to switch to a shorter passing game since we would now be playing into the wind. This worked nicely as we kept possession well despite the sloppy pitch surface and were able to create more chances. The equaliser came at around 70 minutes. Jordan squared the ball in from the left wing to and onrushing Andrew who clipped the ball past the keeper to finish into an empty net. A goal that was well taken and deserved. 1-1! The next goal came around ten minutes later. A Fish Island counter attack on the right saw Andrew play a square pass to Nathan. The Fish Island striker shifted the ball and unleashed well struck shot from the edge of the box to beat the keeper. 2-1! Unfortunately the lead did not last long. Fish Island defended a CP Rangers’ set piece and the ball fell to an opposition defender whose rather tame 30 yard shot beat Matt. The nature of the goal was extremely fortuitous as it was a rare mistake from the FIFC keeper. 2-2. The remaining 5 minutes saw chances at both ends with David clearing a CPR shot off of the goal line and Mark shooting narrowly wide from the edge of the box.
2-2 at full time.
Despite playing well in both halves of the match we were unable to gain the 3 points. This match was yet another reminder of how costly lapses of concentration can be. A positive to take from today was the performance and determination to take the lead in the second half.
Joe for Craig
Mark for Jack
David for Andrew