Sandy 1st Team: Match Report v Cosmos FC

Competition Friendly - World Cup 11-a-side Cup Plate semi final
Result Sandy 1st Team 1-2 Cosmos FC
Date Sunday 24 July 2011
Kick Off 5.00pm

Match Report

Sandy fielded a strong team for the semi final of the plate competition and produced by far their best performance of the afternoon against Cosmos FC from London.

In a physical game Sandy dominated the early exchanges against their physical and athletic opponents, and they almost took the lead when Ian Hammett squared the ball with a header on the edge of the box to Staf, whose first time volley flew just over the bar.

Phil Beall and JJ were winning everything at centre back and Matt Evans was pushing forwards down the right to support Chris Nicholls, ensuring that Sandy looked solid. They took the lead about 7 minutes in as Hammet controlled the ball, turned and laid Brad Smith in down the left, Smith took the ball unchallenged into the box and passed the ball into the bottom of the net to give Sandy a deserved lead.

Once more a few dodgy offside decisions denied Sandy goalscoring opportunities, and right on the stroke of half time Cosmos drew level as Matt Balls was caught out of position by a first time long shot that flew into the bottom corner leaving him no chance.

The second half was a close affair as both sides looked to keep it tight. Sandy were continually frustrated by the linesman though as he didn't seem to actually know the offside rule. Matt Balls then made up for his earlier mishap with an outstanding save at the near post to keep the sides level.

Sandy did create one opportunity as Chris Nicholls released Staf down the right hand side and his cross found Hammett who laid the ball back to Rob Tapley. Tapleys first time shot though flew over the bar.

As the game looked destined to be heading for penalties Cosmos FC scored with the last kick of the game, with a bundled header at the back post leaving Balls no chance in the Sandy goal. It was harsh on Sandy who had dominated the game, but were left to rue what could of been.

Man of the Match: Brad Smith

Match Stats

Starting Line-up:

1. Daniel Stafford (7)
3. Shane Pope (7)
3. Matt Evans (8)
4. Mark Jennings (8)
5. Brad Smith (8)
7. Rob Tapley (7)
8. John-Joe Pekszyc (8)
9. Ian Hammett (7)
17. Phil Beall (8)
18. Chris Nicholls (7)

Goal Scorers:

1 x Brad Smith


1 x Ian Hammett

Man of the Match:

5. Brad Smith


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