HERTS SENIOR COUNTY LEAGUE
Eagles reserves finished their home fixtures for the season with a last minute goal burst to draw the game with St Ippolyts . The home side dominated most of the game, created many clear cut goal opportunities , but were almost undone by their own weak finishing and some excellent saves by the visitor’s keeper.
After only 8 minutes Ian West headed just over the bar from a corner, but despite early Eagles pressure the visitors were first to go head on 20 minutes when a long ball down the centre was not cleared by the eagles defenders and the ball was placed wide of the advancing keeper Callum Rodgers for a well finished first goal.. Nico Consigli almost got an equaliser on the half hour when clear on goal but he shot too close to the keeper and then blasted the rebound well over the bar.
After half an hour St Ipps got a second goal with a well struck goal from edge of penalty area after earlier strikes had been beaten out, and despite playing the better football and having most of the possession Eagles were 2-0 down.
Just before half time they managed to claw a goal back. A penalty taken by Louis Curtis was saved by the keeper but the rebound was struck home by skipper Tom Abiss. Ryan Setterfield than only just failed to reach a high ball down the centre of the field when he had run clear of chasing defenders, but almost on the stroke of half time, Eagles went 3-1 down to a sucker ball down the centre
After half time Eagles applied more pressure and after 55 minutes Mykee Wooding-Acquart reduced the arrears to 2-3, and 10 minutes later he hit the post with another good opportunity to score. St Ipps then responded with a fourth goal.
Eagles continued to make their superior possession count, and Curtis was unlucky not to score when clear on goal, the keeper making a good save to block the ball. On 80 minutes Paul Morris scored, and almost in the dying minutes substitute Jordan Hammond scored to make the final score 4-4.