Eagles lose in 8 goal thriller against league leaders.
Managers Roy Boon and Dusty Miller could not have enjoyed their teams’ defensive performances but it was great watching for most spectators. In the first half both sides shared a fairly equal exchange. In the first quarter Eagles’ Ben L’Honore almost scored with a 30 yard free kick and when put through on the right Sam Gittings opted to shoot rather than pass and the Met Police keeper made a good low save to smother the ball. At the other end Dan Goad had to make an excellent blocking save when Met Police broke clear down the middle of them pitch and after 30 minutes the goal finally came when another through ball found a Met Police attacker in space and he made no mistake with a shot from 20 yards low into the corner . Eagles protested long and hard to the match referee because of a clear push in the back of Gittings which led directly to the goal, but to no avail.
Gittings almost scored when again clear on the left but opted to try and dribble the ball round the goalie and the chance was lost.. Finally on 40 minutes the Eagles got just reward for heavy pressure when following a bad foul by Met Police about 25 yards out, Mitchell Cox placed the ball low into the corner of the net. Sam Gittings then netted from distance only for the goal to be ruled offside and Dan Goad saved the Eagles bacon with another fine block when facing a one on one from Met Police.
1-1 at half time, and hardly had the spectators finished their half time cuppas before Met Police swept in a second goal.The ball was crossed into the middle from the right, Eagles defenders were slowest to react, and the ball was lobbed over the heads of the defenders and Goad into the top of the net. Met Police then enjoyed a purple patch. Another fine save from Goad from a corner kick and 2 last ditch blocks by Eagles defenders kept the score at 2-1 but on 50 and 54 minutes Met Police scored 2 more goals after more slack defending, although Eagles complained of clear offside for the first. Not given by the match officials.
Eagles weathered the storm and pressed strongly in the last 20 minutes. First the Met Police goalie had to head clear from a chasing Jason Drackford and then made a poor clearance which Hunter Diack blasted into the open goal from 25 yards.. A fine cross from Gittings was put narrowly wide before Met Police broke away again and scored their 5th after 78 minutes. . That looked game over but Eagles did not give up, and after James Farrer had headed over Jason Drackford got his reward for 90 minutes hard running with a poachers goal from a yard out. After conceding another free kick about 25 yards out, Met Police goalie fumbled a good free kick from Mitch Cox which was heading towards the top corner and dropped the ball almost onto Drackford’s foot, and he gratefully popped it into the net.
No more goals but manager Roy Boon was pleased with a spirited performance against a very physical Met Police side and a very lenient referee.