The White Reserves disappointedly walked away Sunday afternoon with another draw and officially saw their playoff chase come to an end. A promising start followed by great play in the first half by the Whites was followed by a less than stellar second half effort allowing Lansdowne to walk away with a well deserved point.
The game started with the Whites jumping out to a dominant position knocking the ball about to what was arguably the best first half performance of the spring. Midway through the half Ben H found the ball deep down the left wing and his right footed shot was saved, but Tom was there to collect the rebound and put the ball in the back of the net leaving the Lansdowne defense and keeper helpless. As solid play continued and the Lansdowne team frustrated, Devin received the ball in the center of the pitch, took a few dribbles, and unleashed a dipper into the lower right hand corner of the goal giving the Lansdowne keeper no chance. As the halftime whistle blew, the Whites were in full control of the game with no real threats coming from the opposition leading 2-0.
The second half turned out to be a different story. The Whites started strong continuing their dominance in play but lack of fitness was exposed midway through the second half as Lansdowne continued to push and attack looking for their first goal. They found it on a 20 yard strike from their burly midfielder as the shot clanged down off the crossbar leaving Jon with no chance as their striker followed the rebound for the tap in. As the momentum shifted, Lansdowne attack was fierce but Jon was able to turn away several shots with brilliant saves to keep the Whites ahead. With 10 minutes left in the game, a Lansdowne cross from the left side of the wing found a lone striker in the 18 but Andy Ma’s tackle in the air was whistled for a foul giving Lansdowne a penalty. They converted and the game ended in a 2-2 draw. A tale of two halves…..
Starters: Jon (GK); Greg (RB); The Chris Brown (CB); Mike C (CB); Andy M (LB); Alex (MF); Russell Archibald IV (MF); Tom (MF); Andres (MF), Devin (MF), Chris N (F)
Subs: Mike D (MF); Ben H (MF)