St Mary’s 1 v 1 Charlemont Star

28th March

After Clarendon slipped up last week, this time it was our turn to keep the title race interesting. Saying that, Charlemont were solid and worked tirelessly to earn a point in their last game of the season which is a credit to them when they didn’t really have anything to play for. We started okay and caused problems down the flanks creating a few good chances, Coleman getting in a couple of times and the ball also not quite dropping for ‘Tink’. We eventually took the lead when (for the 4th time in 2 games) a set piece went straight in. This time it was a Coleman corner which went straight across goal and in at the far post. We continued to push, but Charlemont continued to try to hit us on the break without causing too many problems. HT 1-0

Second half continued in a similar vein with us creating chances and not taking them, and having some very close offside calls go against us which would have put us clear and Charlemont having a couple of half chances on the break. This changed when a sloppy pass let their striker get the ball, beat a man and hit a fantastic early strike into the top corner from the edge of the box. Charlemont were buoyed by the goal and pushed forward with more vigour, creating another chance when a cut back was scuffed wide from the penalty spot. This woke us up and we pushed forward in the last 10 mins looking for the win leading to a more open game. Our best chance to win came with seconds left when the ball fell to Rudd 6 yards out, but the Charlemont keeper charged out and somehow got a block in.

With Clarendon drawing the week before this was not terminal to our title bid and it is still in our hands, in some ways I think Clarendon drawing made us relax thinking the title was won. Not so now, as we are back to needing to win every game to stay ahead. We now have a week off before another big game away at Sheldon.

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