It was a wonderful night for a football match under the floodlights at Downsview Park. The temperature was cool and the field was perfect, as usual. After their season opening loss, Under The Cosh FC were determined to bounce back and kickstart their campaign, this time against Dreadnoughts FC.
Before a kick was registered, Under The Cosh knew that they would b…under the cosh. There’s no other way to put it. Four players had to pull out of the match day squad. At the eleventh hour, goalkeeper Zaid was struck down by illness. Rishay bravely volunteered his services to the cause.The game was extremely cagey. The Cosh enjoyed most of the possession in the first half but could not break their opponents down. They put pressure on the Dreadnoughts defense constantly but were not getting the rub of the green from the officials. Numerous offside decisions were called against UTC FC and frustrations started to grow. The referee’s calls and the lack of a quality final ball meant that the game went into the break tied at 0-0.
The second half was a different story completely. Dreadnoughts turned up the pace and really came after The Cosh. If not for resolute defending from centre back pairing Bassem and Jason, the boys would have conceded two or three. Rishay in goal also had to make some saves and his defensive organization was exemplary. After weathering the initial storm, UTC FC settled into their possession-based game trying time after time to release their forwards to no avail. More offsides and more loose balls were the order of the day. If they were going to break Dreadnoughts down, they needed to make their possession count. As the game progressed it became more stretched and end to end with the Dreadnoughts threatening from outside the box.
With a minute left in the game, a lapse in defense lead to Dreadnoughts scoring what ended up being the winning goal. A good cross was not defended properly leaving a man unmarked at the far post. The ball hit him in the face instead of him heading it in, underlying the unfairness of the result.
That’s two losses in a row for The Cosh. Hopefully with their full squad they can get three points up on the board next time out! Time to turn good football on the pitch into points on the board.
Come out and support the boys!