HERTS SENIOR COUNTY LEAGUE PREMIER DIVISION
In a match where fortunes swung from one team to the other the Eagles maintained their unbeaten start to the season and might consider themselves unlucky not to have snatched a win in the dying minutes.
The first 30 minutes were packed with incident, as well as driving rain, with the home side getting a great start after only 3 minutes when the ball was volleyed into the Eagles net from 15 yards giving keeper Paul McGennity no chance to save. Eagles responded with a cross from Paul Morris that Iggy Thorne headed over when unmarked 6 yards out from goal. Charlie Thake then found the net but was clearly offside.
Eagles piled on the pressure and after 12 minutes were level when a long ball down the centre found Cameron Omar, who turned into space and lofted the ball high over the advancing keeper into the net from at least 20 yards. Thake then put Thorne clear on goal but he was forced to push the ball wide of goal and the ball was cleared by a defender for a corner kick.
Ware also had their chances to score and their no9 missed a sitter on the half hour when clear on goal, kicking the ball weakly to the Eagles keeper who soon after made an excellent blocking save to a shot from 15 yards, followed by some desperate defending before the ball was finally cleared upfield.
Just before half time Shane Carthy broke clear of the Ware defence, rounded the keeper but was forced wide and was unable to push the ball past a covering defender from a narrow angle.
After half time both sides struggled with wet conditions on an artificial surface and chances were created and missed. McGennity had to save smartly at the foot of his post when a low direct free kick evaded the edge of the Eagles defensive wall, and had to make a another good save from a shot shortly afterwards. At the other end Carthy placed a low direct free kick wide of the Ware defensive wall, but the Ware keeper got down well to deflect the ball wide of a post.
5 minutes from the end Eagles looked to have won the game when Sam Day battled through the Ware defence and hit an unstoppable shot into the net from the edge of the penalty area. Eagles lost concentration and straight from the kick off Ware raced down the other end of the pitch and scored with a shot from the edge of the penalty when Jamie Farrar delayed his challenge a split second too long. He almost made up for his lapse when a direct free kick from Carl Williams was deflected to him standing just a few yards from goal, but he headed the ball too high and wide and the Eagles had to settle for a draw.