Bank of England 2 – Alexandra Park 2

League | March 24, 2012

Scorers: Kelly, Nicholaou

Matt Kelly scored what will surely be goal of the season as Alexandra Parks finest earned a deserved point at promotion chasing BoE.

On a scorching day, the game started in a very open fashion with both teams trading blows, although little in the way of clear-cut chances.

Then came a moment of brilliance from Kelly. He has a very bright APFC future ahead of him, but he will be hard-pressed to match a goal of this quality, even if he plays in the Tangerine & Black for another 10 years!

With a ball played into him whilst tightly marked, he flipped the ball over his marker, swivelled and unleashed a volley that rocketed in to the top corner – BOSH!

To their credit Boe came back even stronger after this setback and grabbed an equaliser. This was shortly followed by a second goal for Boe during a period of play when AP was more concerned with decisions made by officials than those of themselves.

Half time was very welcome – that was until everyone got the ‘Hairdryer’ from a less than happy Manager. He made clear that players must get back to playing football and become less interested in the process and motivation of Refereeing decisions.

The second half proved a more rewarding experience for AP. With Patterson and Egan swapping players to mark the Defensive unit looked more solid, and gave AP more of a platform to retain possession and launch attacks.

Danny O and the impressive Fitzpatrick increased their influence over the game. And Morris, Kenga, Nicholaou and Kelly improved their link play and created more space. Full backs Keiran and Gunyan also linked well with their midfielders, and also got forward on several occasions – pretty impressive for Ginger’s in 20-degree heat!

AP’s equalising goal came early on in the second half courtesy of far post corner. Curled to the far post, Patterson got above his marker to nod back to Nicholoua who made no mistake from 6-yards out.

And so it finished 2-2. A fair result, particularly given the efforts of both sets of players in very testing conditions.

More importantly AP’s finest continue their crusade to invincibility. Unbeaten. Too difficult to overcome. Unshakeable. Supreme. Indestructible. Insurmountable. Invincible. These words aren’t yours yet – you have to earn them. Two more tests await…

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