FC Deportivo Galicia 2 – 3 Godalming Town
Another good performance from the Gs saw them come back from going a goal down early on to win more comfortably than the score suggests and add another three very welcome points to their tally.
It was a good week for sport for me with the England RFU team winning in Ireland against the odds as well. There were a few similarities. At half time in both games it could have gone either way. The losing team in both games scored very late for a little consolation after having been substantially stifled in the second half.
It was good that captain Curtis Osano was able to return from injury for at least the major part of the game. Also, good that Chris Burke had recovered enough to be named on the bench, although still not fully fit. Jack Cleeveley also started on the sidelines along with Charlie Chennel, Ryan Villa, Samba Betts and Matt Kerbey. Joe Lewis suspended and no Jordan Clements.
In front of Jordan Knight was a back line of Oghale Ogbaudu, Reegan Scotcher, Curtis Osano and Dom Hardisty. Jake Heard, Jack Howard, Richie Mbele, Darren Wheeler in the middle, Ollie Stevens and Donte Lodge up front.
The Gs started well and Donte Lodge battled for the ball and brought a great save from the home keeper when he was advancing on goal only to see the home side responded immediately with a swift attack of their own and they went one up inside the first fifteen minutes.
On the 3G pitchthe home side were looking quite dangerous going forward, but the Gs wereawarded a free kick just outside the area in Darren Wheeler territory. Itlooked like the home keeper was offering him the top left-hand corner to aim at,but Darren chose to bend it low round the wall and brought another good savefrom the home keeper pushing the ball round for a corner.This spell ofpressure produced a couple of corners for the Gs and Darren delivered a greatball to the back of the 6yard box where Donte got in a fine strong header tolevel the score inside half an hour. Check out the photo’s from Giles’ youngassistant photographer. Jordan Knight was then the Gs saviour as he repelled acouple of attacks.at half time.
Ollie Stevens then broke the deadlock when he challenged for the ball and the home keeper lost it and somehow Ollie who was on the floor bounced up again as if he was on a bungie rope to put the ball home and continue his scoring run.
The Gs started to hit more and more shots as the opportunities arose. The impressive Richie Mbele having one of the best opportunities but could not keep his shot down when the home keeper was out of position.
With the Gs looking quite comfortable Curtis came off giving Ryan Villa the chance to play at right back as Oghale moved to centre back.
The best goal of the game then followed as the Gs attacked down their left with some good inter-passing and the ball was finally played across the goal where the human dynamo Jack Howard was able to get a shot in from the right of the goal. The ball was beaten out only as far as Ollie who was able to jump and head home for his second of the game. Jack Cleeveley made a brief appearance late in the game for Jake Heard.
FC Deportivo never gave up and late into injury time when it seemed that their attack down the left had been safely snuffed out somehow, they got a goal back from an acute angle scoring at the near post to make the score look a bit closer.
Tremendous performance from the Gs two front players Donte and Ollie who were more than a handful for the hosts, but also for me Oghale was outstanding in defence and probably deserved at least a share of any MOM awards, if there was to be one.
Michael (Stato} Stats
Deportivo Gallicia Gees
attempts 17 12
on target 12 8
corners 6 5
fouls 12 ( 6 o/s) 18 (8 o/s)
poss 1 50 50
poss 2 47 53
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