The IAS v OAS 11-a-side football match took place at the Bank of England Sports Ground on Thursday 26th October 2017
The IAS line-up was as follows: -
Tom Shaw (Colliers) - Goal Keeper
Nick Hardie (Strutts) - Right Back
Jeffrey Prempeh (Glenny) - Centre Back
Joe Skinner (Carter Jonas) - Centre Back
Tom Jansons (Bray Fox Smith) - Left Back
Chris Jones (JLL) - Left Wing
John Barker (GVA) - Centre Midfield
Chris Knight (JLL) - Centre Midfield
Sam Baly (SHW) - Right Midfield
James Shillabeer (Bray Fox Smith) - Centre Forward
Tim Howlings (Brasier Freeth) – Centre Forward
James Miller (JLL) - Manager/Linesman
The IAS suffered a depleted squad due to half term and could only field the bare 11 players against a 14 man squad for the OAS who had the luxury of being able to use rolling substitutes. Nevertheless, the IAS were clearly up for the challenge and the game ended up being a thriller.
The IAS made the stronger start controlling most of the early possession making without creating too many chances. Their early efforts though were cruelly punished as they fell behind to a breakaway goal by the OAS after 20 minutes. The OAS soon doubled their lead and so it remained 2-0 until half time.
The tactics were tweaked slightly at half time and the IAS came out with renewed energy and managed to pull a goal back very early in the 2nd half – Tom Jansons firing in from distance (albeit a poor keeping mistake by the OAS). Their tales were up and the IAS pulled level with a well taken Chris Knight penalty soon after. 2-2,..game on. The OAS did not know what hit them – the IAS soon made it 3-2 with the outstretched leg of Chris Knight getting on the end of a far post cross. Think Knighty is steel feeling the strain on his hamstring after that one!! Shut up shop was all that was required now from the IAS for the last 20 minutes. However, this was certainly not the case with a flurry of 6 goals in the last 20 minutes. Unfortunately for the IAS only 2 of the 6 were to them. Goals from Nick Hardie and James Shilabeer could do nothing to prevent the OAS running out 6-5 winners in a pulsating game of football.
Let’s just say both it was a victory for both sets up attackers (misses aside) over the defence!!
Bring on the rematch!
A massive thank you for all those who played - you did the IAS proud!