Zion Athletic 2 Clarendon 3

For the first time this season Clarendon were able to call upon all of its squad for the trip to Zion, having enjoyed a week off last weekend. Roger continued with his attacking formation for the 4th match in succession as we hoped to continue to build on the wins of recent weeks, but we knew Zion were going to provide a much sterner test of our credentials.
Zion scored after just 3 minutes when from our attacking corner. Shawn broke away with the ball from his own half and was allowed to run unchallenged 60 yards to our goal line. Shawn pulled the ball back for Ethan, who hit a sweet first time shot from the edge of the box which eluded my dangling leg and Bigga’s gallant effort to keep it out, only managing to push the ball against the post. Zion had the chance to double their lead when Leon found himself through one on one with Bigga, but Bigga managed to make the save after Leon appeared to under hit his strike on goal due to the heavy conditions in our box.
This woke up Clarendon and we equalised on 10 minutes when Chris found Mikey with a slick through ball and Mikey scoped the ball over the last defender which Pablo latched onto and beautifully lobbed the ball over the on rushing Jimmy, (our former keeper). We took the lead on the half hour when Chris Brown, who was starting to enjoy much of the play down the left hand touchline, picked out Richard with undefendable cross which Richard powerfully dispatched with his head at the far post. We scored a third just before the break when Chris and Pablo conspired to take a quick free kick near the Zion corner flag. Pablo was allowed to travel 15 yards unchallenged in to the Zion box and duly smashed the ball home for his 13th league goal in 8 games, as the Zion defence looked on bemused waiting for a whistle. The Zion lads were not happy about the decision to allow the quick free kick, but the decision stood.
Coming out for the second half we knew it was going to be tougher than the first half as we appreciated the strength of the wind that we had to play against, having enjoyed this to our advantage during the first half. However as the second half passed the game became increasingly stretched as Zion looked to get back in to the match, and we were able to attack effectively on the counter attack with Jason, Chris, Richard and Pablo linking up well to create a number of half chances that we were unable to capitalise on. Pablo did create a one on one chance against Jimmy, but just as Leon had in the first half the heavy pitch slowed down Pablo’s shot and Jimmy smothered the ball to prevent a forth goal.
Disappointingly, we allowed Zion to score a second inside the last 3 minutes when a wind assisted corner managed to find the net despite 3 of our players being in close proximity of the ball, (this subsequently resulted in a 3 minute Matt Williams “hairdryer” outburst to those implicated). But this was to be the last attempt on goal of the match as we retained possession in the Zion half until the final whistle.
We were pleased to collect all three points against a strong Zion side and we wish them the best for the remainder of the season. Our attacking unit is starting to gel under the new formation Roger has implemented, and the midfield trio of Laurie, Richard, Ashley had the upper hand today in the midfield battle which we’d identified as being the key to a positive result. We now enjoy an extended mid season break, not kicking a ball again until mid January. From everyone at Clarendon, we wish all those involved with the league a very Happy Christmas and prosperous New Year!

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