U15 - Midlands East Division
- competition : U15 - Midlands East Division
- date : 17/11/2018
- time : 10:30
- comment :
Radic sees Red as United pip Pilgrims
Netherton United's top goalscorer Viliam Radic saw Red yesterday during a physical and ugly encounter between second placed United and third placed Boston at The Grange.
The entire game had been full of strong challenges and niggles with neither side guilty of being dirty or malicious, however after a high foot challenge from United wide player Lukas Vaickelionis in the 74th minute; the referee paused the game and spoke to both sets of managers (and the United player) to calm down a slow bubbling situation. While this was taking place, an incident between some of the Boston and Netherton players ended up in a heated scuffle with Radic reacting to something said, lashing out and being given his marching orders from Referee Corey Howard.
Vaickelionis was also booked for his original high footed challenge, and United Centre Half Wayne Cort received a yellow card for a previous late kick out towards a Boston player. Incidentally the first set of yellow cards ever issued to this team in 8 years - so very uncharacteristic,and something not taken lightly by Manager Roberts after the game.
Despite this unsavoury period, it had been a very hard fought battle between two very good teams.
Boston starting the first 20 minute period in control and showing more urgency and determination, although the home side defence stood up well to anything coming their way.
Period 1 (0-0).
United needed to up the Tempo and show some desire.
Hashim Hussain was injured after a high two knee high challenge during the first period and he needed to come off. Lewis Leesons came on to help strengthen the midfield, and he did more than that in the 37th minute, when he collected the ball 40 yards from goal, shifted it to his right foot, drove on a few yards before unleashing a strike from 35 yards that went straight into the top right hand corner of the net, superb strike. (1-0)
Both teams had half chances but the score remained the same as the Half Time whistle went.
The third period was where the niggles started, Jakub Nowicki lucky to escape a caution after letting his frustration get the better of him following a passage of play where he was through on goal, pulled back two or three times and then not getting a penalty, his reaction not the best and was immediately removed from the field by Roberts to calm him down.
Both teams were going in hard now and Boston were piling forward for the equaliser, and looking like getting it, however United again stood firm and kept them out. No further goals and the third period ended with the home side still 1-0 up.
Netherton shuffled the pack a little to manage the game but Boston were now going all out for a goal. Deservedly for the visitors it came in the 65th minute after a high ball into the box from a free kick was headed towards goal and the save by Berezowski fell kindly at the feet of the Boston striker who tapped home from close range to make it 1-1.
Five minutes later and Boston almost went in front when a fine effort was superbly saved by Berezowski, his fingertips tipping it onto the post and Wayne Cort bravely cleared to safety with a Boston player rushing in to pick up the rebound.
The game was now very open and both teams were pushing on and leaving space behind for the counterattack. Viliam Radic twice going close for the City side, his second effort hitting the post after taking on two defenders and driving into the box before side-footing his shot past the keeper.
Then the madness unfolded with the foul, bookings, scuffle and sending off. Surely both managers would of thought that if the game ended now a point each would of been a fair result.
Netherton however had other ideas, and a break down the left by Ryan Thomas with 3 minutes to go caused panic in the Boston defence and two misjudged tackles left the wide man in space, he pulled the ball across the face of the goal and Hashim Hussain came sliding in at the back post to tap home from a yard out and send the home crowd into a frenzied outburst of delight. (2-1)
United then stood strong for the final minutes and nicked all three points - although not fully deserved.
Full credit to Boston who despite being strong and physical, worked hard for each other and looked to play nice football.
United remain second just one point behind leaders MK Dons following their draw at home to Wellingborough.
Next week United are at home to Rushden& Diamonds, where they will be looking for similar desire but with a different type of aggression.
MOTM: Loui Catt
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