Wednesday 31st October
University Portsmouth F.C v Anglia Ruskin F.C
Anglia Ruskin went into the game away from home with a few players missing from previous games and a new 3-5-2 formation, but still looking to continue their unbeaten run and keep up a solid win streak.
The game began with strong coastal winds making it hard for either side to keep hold of the ball and play pretty football. Both teams saw their share of opportunities on goal, but neither side could finish a chance, leaving the score at half time 0-0, with Portsmouth just having the edge going into the break.
The second half began much the same as the first but with Anglia showing solid game play, passing the ball around on the deck to counter the blowing gales above. Anglia Ruskin took the opportunity to go one ahead ten minutes into the half when a ball over the top saw Ruskin striker, Crown, one on one with the keeper. The Portsmouth Keeper, making efforts to keep the ball out of his own net, took down the Ruskin striker in the area, only to concede a penalty which was slotted away effortlessly by Crown. 1-0 Anglia Ruskin.
With a goal in the bank, Ruskin continued to apply pressure against the Portsmouth defence, creating chance after chance, until a ball into the box met the head of Ruskin’s centre half Cox, planting the ball into the top of the net, making the score 2-0 Ruskin.
The 2-0 lead failed to deter the Portsmouth squad who showed resilience in continuing to apply pressure against the Ruskin back fore. Mid way into the second half the Portsmouth captain saw his chance at a shot on goal, hitting the ball from the edge of the box looking to the lob the keeper, only to see his chance tipped over the bar. With the home team continuing to try and break the Ruskin back for, it was credit to Anglia’s defence who had an outstanding performance, giving the Portsmouth strike force little opportunity to make a threat.
The game ended 2-0 and see’s Anglia Ruskin maintain their unbeaten run and a winning streak of 4 games. An outstanding performance by all players in the squad, making the most of their chances and feeding the opposition little opportunity to counter.More of the same in the next round. Man of the Match went to Branden Quinlan
By Lee Sherlock