PSL Dev 2-2 Azzurri
By Raphael Frascogna
Book-end goals secure an away point
ICA Sports FC match result, sponsored by Seven Hair and Body
Co-Manager Frascogna commented:
"Saturday was extremely windy and not conducive to the type of football that both these teams prefer to play.
"Scoring an early goal (Rob Ames, 4') helped settle the nerves a little, but we didn't close down effectively enough and our defending one-to-one all over the pitch was really disappointing; so when PSL equalised before the break we had the feeling it was coming.
"At half-time we reiterated the need to adapt and to use the weather to our advantage.
"In the second half our play wasn't pretty but with the wind then behind us, we were able to play more directly and as a result we had the lion's share of possession and were able to forge several goalscoring opportunities.
"One lapse in concentration though and the resulting loss of possession left us exposed with too many players high up the field and with a 3 on 3 situation forming in our half.
"There are times in football where you need to sacrifice yourself for the team and this was definitely one of them, but we allowed PSL to counter well and they took the lead.
Pictured: star men Steve Slack & Aaron Warrener
"Whilst their goal was very much against the run of play, it gave them confidence and they saw a lot of the ball for a short while thereafter, but our changes from the bench swung the impetus back in our favour.
"Our wide players were able to impact the game after we changed the shape; with Lewis on the right assisting Vaidas (Macianskis, '88) on the left for a well-taken volley to equalise 2-2.
"We rattled the woodwork a few times, their keeper made some good saves and when the ball fell to Ben inside the box we thought we had nicked the win, but it just crept wide.
"We take confidence from getting a point away to a very accomplished young side, many of whom have played and trained together for a significant length of time.
"Moving up to 9th place is a good feeling considering we were adrift at the bottom of the pile in September and we now want to try and secure as many points as we can from our remaining 7 matches this season".
The Azzurri travel to Holbeach United Res in their next PDFL Premier Division fixture, 2pm kick-off on 18th January 2019. Click here for more details.