The one where the referee stopped the game… again!
For the second time in the Fall 2012 season, the referee called the game before time. This time, it was Troy’s threats and insults to the referee that resulted in Grays being awarded the full three points before time.
The unseasonably warm November morning saw CPR start the game with Enticott and Mazzi (sic) starting as strikers, Stig, Azzo, Texas and Linehan in the midfield, Marko, Yuval, Toks and Kratz in defense and Mejias in goal with Solinas, Kareem, Roberts and UK on the bench. CPR were a tad lethargic and surprisingly tame when it came to challenging for possession. The lack of urgency in the first half resulted in few shots attempted on Troy’s distinctly non-athletic keeper. Towards the end of the uninspired first half, Troy went ahead after Mejias thoroughly clattered their striker with a late but robust tackle in the box and the ref had no choice but to award a penalty.
The second half was much better but CPR struggled to get level. The difference was the potent force running box-to-box on the left flank in the second half by one Charles Linehan, speed merchant and lady killer. Stig’s impressive outing came to an end shortly after the restart when he pulled a hamstring on a break. With Stig and his deeply disturbing mustache roaming the sidelines, the ladies team assembling for the game following ours quickly dispersed. CPR started to threaten more insistently and were it not for saves from the Troy keeper that were actually instinctive reactions to protect his face from the ball, CPR would have wrapped up the points quickly.
Kareem started to find space and time with the ball and UK came in to provide a robust attacking threat on the left flank. A nifty through ball down the middle by Azzo found Kareem face to face with the keeper before getting dragged down from behind by the beaten center back before he could take a shot. Red card and penalty awarded to CPR. Kareem took the penalty and then took it again after UK was adjudged guilty of encroachment. Tie game.
With a man down, Troy was running out of gas and CPR went ahead after a corner kick was was pinged around a scrum of players before Solinas took charge and put it in net with about 12 minutes remaining in the contest. Troy protested, had another player sent off and eventually shouted enough abuse at the ref who then crossed the field to Mejias in goal and informed him that, by law, he had to protect him. Game over and CPR go joint top of the table.