Scorers: Kelly, Hancock.
AP came into this game off the back of a brilliant performance/result against Southgate the week before and expectations were high. Playing in the 30 degree heat wasn’t going to be easy though and therefore the instruction from the gaffer was to ‘keep possession’ and make the opposition work.
From the first whistle we struggled to string 4 or 5 passes together and therefore found ourselves tiring trying to win the ball back from Lyonians who had a few tricky players, especially out wide down the flanks. Then after about 20 minutes AP showed what they are all about when some clever passes eventually released Kieran O’Leary down the left flank, who’s inch perfect cross was met by a brilliant glancing headed by Matt Kelly straight into the top corner, 1-0 AP.
Lyonians continued to look dangerous at times and had plenty of good shots saved by Chris in goal who kept AP in the game. Lyonians then got their equalizer through a brilliant strike from the edge of the area which left Chris with no chance. 1-1 at half time and AP were getting frustrated in the heat and at times using unnecessary energy arguing amongst themselves. This was not received well by the gaffer and at half time in the changing rooms he made this very clear to the players (hairdryer treatment)!
AP came out in the second half much stronger and kept possession better. Despite this we found ourselves 2-1 down through a soft goal when their striker was first to a rebound from another brilliant save by Chris. 2-1. AP kept their heads up and kept battling away to find that equalizer and it was delivered by Richie who’s fierce strike found its way into the bottom corner. 2-2.
After this goal it was all AP, it looked like only a matter of time before we found that winning goal. Danny and Fabb came on from the bench and added extra energy to the team on a pitch where tired legs were taking over in the scorching heat. AP had 4 or 5 chances to finish the game off (including a penalty) but were unable to provide the finishing touch needed to match the good build up play.
So it finished 2-2, still unbeaten but again missed chances denied what should have been a convincing win.