Match Report

  Park Way 4/6/2019 Amateur League - Division 1A  
Comber Rec

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Abbey Villa

Villa made the short trip to near neighbours Comber Rec today, to play the first of two local Derbies in a two week period. The league table sees the home team sitting in 4th position with Villa 2 points and 1 place behind, in 5th.

Promotion or relegation wonít have any impact on either of the two local clubs this season, so I think itís fair to say that today we could expect a fairly relaxed easy going game, played at a slow pace, with little or no competitive edge to it! Aye right enough!

Yet again Villa were unable to field the team Iím sure the manager would have liked, and Iím led to believe that the home team faced a similar problem.

Anyway the match kicked off in bright sunshine on a pitch that is a real credit to the Comber club. The first half saw Villa playing towards the Pavilion end with a slight breeze to their back.

The first few minutes saw both teams try to stamp there authority on the game, so as a consequence it was a wee bit frantic. Villa were were the first to threaten when Glen Stephenson sent a low shot from a distance that appeared to be headed for the bottom corner of the Comber net. The Comber keeper at full stretch managed to fingertip the low drive round the post and away for a corner, that came to nothing. Once the game settled down it was Comber who looked the better side in possession. Their passing and movement was sharper than Villa at this stage, but in fairness they didnít really threaten the visitors goal.

Then with 20 minutes gone the deadlock was broken. Villa lost possession around the halfway line on the right hand side, before Comber quickly switched the play through the middle to Villas left.

Villa had a couple of opportunities to Ďclear their linesí but Comber kept the play deep in the Villa area until a chance fell to Simon Hanna for the home team. He managed to lift the ball over the diving Wallace and tap the ball into an empty net.

1:0

No sooner had the game resumed than it was Villa who found themselves in the Comber area. McDermott taking the ball in with his back to goal, appeared to be about to roll the defender who was just a bit tight. McD was unceremoniously upended and the referee had no hesitation, penalty to Villa.

Gary Sharratt stepped up to take the responsibility and drilled his pk low into the bottom corner. 1:1

A real bonus for Villa but a kick in the pants for the home side who werenít able to hold on to their lead for more than a minute, Villa also tinkered with the shape of their team in and around this time, the result being that Comber didnít have just so much room to pass the ball around in the midfield area. Shrewd move by the Villa management.

Villa will be disappointed as from a great free kick by Hylands, Strain managed to break free from his marker before delivering glancing header goalwards. Alan just didnít get enough on the ball as it went harmlessly wide.

Comber then won a series of throw ins down their left hand side, but Villa coped with the 5-10 pressure. Indeed during that period Stephenson drew a foul from a Comber defender right on the edge of the box. The resulting free kick was a smasher from Sharratt and picked out Villa midfielder Arthurís who just couldnít get enough on the header to knock it home.

As the half drew to a close itís fair to say that although the scores were even, it was the home team who would have been ahead on points!

Villa started the second half well, controlling the play and edging the lions share of possession. Comber however looked dangerous on the break, as on two occasions they broke down their right before delivering low dangerous crosses into the Villa box. On each of these two occasions, the break was so isolated that no Comber player was able to attack the crossed ball.

Stephenson and McDermott both had shots on goal for Villa, but they didnít trouble the home keeper.

As the game reached the last 10/15 minutes the play got stretched and it was Villa who looked by far the more dangerous. On at least 3 occasions Stephenson, McDermott and Sharratt had individually broken free from the midfield area and were dangerously bearing down on an exposed Comber defence. On each of these occasions the Villa stackers were cynically upended, bringing dangerous attacks to a frustrating and abrupt ending. On each occasion the referee booked the offender, but on each occasion the resulting free kicks came to nothing.

On reflection a draw was probably a fair result, as both teams had periods when they dominated the play. However Iím guessing that it will probably be the Villa management who will be the most disappointed.

Unsure who the referee was today, but from this observers point of view I thought he had a really good game. Well done.


Goal Scorer: Hanna (Simon) (1)


 
Man of the Match: Andy Scott   Match Sponsor: Mr David McNarry






   
2018-19 Season at a Glance
Team
P
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Match Details
Firsts
36
21
10
5
86
60
26
Won

5-1 Vs St Pats
8/4/2018-League (H)
Lost

0-5 Vs Killyleagh YC
8/8/2018-League (A)
Drew

3-3 Vs Malachians
8/11/2018-League (H)
Won

3-0 Vs Rosario YC
8/14/2018-League (H)
Won

1-0 Vs Immaculata
8/18/2018-Irish Cup (H)
Won

1-0 Vs Linfield Swifts
8/25/2018-Steel and Sons Cup (A)
Won

2-0 Vs Bangor Swifts
9/1/2018-Border Cup (H)
Lost

1-2 Vs Ards Rangers
9/15/2018-Steel and Sons Cup (A)
Won

4-3 Vs Lisburn Rangers
9/22/2018-Border Cup (A)
Won

4-1 Vs Lisburn Rangers
9/29/2018-Irish Cup (H)
Lost

1-2 Vs Immaculata
10/13/2018-Border Cup (A)
Lost

2-3 Vs Crusaders Res
10/20/2018-Intermediate Cup (H)
Lost

0-4 Vs Killyleagh YC
10/27/2018-League (H)
Won

2-1 Vs Drumaness
11/3/2018-Irish Cup (A)
Drew

2-2 Vs St Pats YM
11/10/2018-League (A)
Won

2-1 Vs Kilmore Rec
11/17/2018-League (H)
Won

2-1 Vs Newcastle
11/24/2018-League (H)
Lost

3-4 Vs Lisburn Distillery
12/1/2018-Irish Cup (A)
Won

4-2 Vs Malachians
12/8/2018-League (A)
Won

6-1 Vs Lisburn Rangers
12/22/2018-League (H)
Won

4-0 Vs Downshire
12/29/2018-Clarence Cup (A)
Drew

2-2 Vs Sirocco Works
1/5/2019-League (H)
Won

3-1 Vs Derriaghy
1/12/2019-Clarence Cup (A)
Won

3-1 Vs Kilmore Rec
1/19/2019-League (A)
Won

4-1 Vs Lisburn Rangers
1/26/2019-League (A)
Lost

0-2 Vs Dunmurry Rec
2/9/2019-League (H)
Won

3-1 Vs Nortel
2/16/2019-Clarence Cup (A)
Won

3-2 Vs Orangefield
2/23/2019-League (A)
Won

6-1 Vs St Pats
3/2/2019-Clarence Cup (A)
Won

2-0 Vs Newcastle
3/9/2019-League (A)
Lost

1-4 Vs Ballynahinch Olympic
3/16/2019-Clarence Cup (H)
Won

4-1 Vs Dunmurry Rec
3/23/2019-League (A)
Lost

0-2 Vs Rosario
3/30/2019-League (A)
Drew

1-1 Vs Abbey Villa
4/6/2019-League (H)
Lost

1-4 Vs Sirocco
4/13/2019-League (A)
Drew

1-1 Vs Larne Tech
4/16/2019-League (H)
Seconds
26
13
7
6
90
40
50
Won

5-0 Vs Ards Rangers
9/15/2018-League (H)
Lost

2-3 Vs H&W Under 20s
9/22/2018-Junior Cup (H)
Lost

1-3 Vs Carryduff Colts
9/29/2018-Junior Shield (A)
Won

4-1 Vs Sirocco Works
10/6/2018-League (H)
Won

7-0 Vs St Lukes
10/13/2018-League (H)
Won

9-0 Vs Lisburn Rangers
10/27/2018-League (A)
Drew

2-2 Vs Woodvale
11/3/2018-League (A)
Drew

1-1 Vs Immaculata
11/10/2018-League (H)
Won

12-2 Vs Malachians
11/17/2018-League (A)
Won

7-0 Vs St Pats
11/24/2018-League (A)
Won

4-3 Vs Rosemount
12/1/2018-Walter Moore (H)
Won

8-1 Vs Rosario
12/8/2018-League (A)
Drew

0-0 Vs St Oliver Plunkett
12/29/2018-League (H)
Won

1-0 Vs Crumlin Utd
1/5/2019-League (A)
Drew

2-2 Vs Albert Foundry
1/12/2019-League (H)
Drew

0-0 Vs Lisburn Rangers
1/19/2019-League (H)
Won

7-2 Vs St Lukes
1/26/2019-Walter Moore (H)
Won

5-1 Vs St Lukes
2/2/2019-League (A)
Lost

0-1 Vs St Oliver Plunket
2/10/2019-League (A)
Lost

0-2 Vs Crumlin Star
2/16/2019-League (H)
Won

5-1 Vs Woodvale FC
2/23/2019-Walter Moore (H)
Drew

3-3 Vs Crumlin Utd
3/2/2019-League (H)
Lost

1-6 Vs Crumlin Star
3/23/2019-League (A)
Lost

0-3 Vs East Belfast
3/30/2019-Walter Moore (H)
Drew

1-1 Vs Ards Rangers
4/9/2019-League (H)
Won

3-2 Vs Woodvale
4/13/2019-League (H)
Thirds
28
16
6
6
98
72
26
Won

5-4 Vs 43rd Dundonald
9/1/2018-League (H)
Lost

0-9 Vs Corrymeela
9/15/2018-League (A)
Lost

1-3 Vs Portavogie
9/22/2018-League (H)
Drew

2-2 Vs Ravenhill
9/29/2018-League (A)
Won

2-1 Vs North Down
10/6/2018-Billy Allen Shield (A)
Lost

1-2 Vs Comber Star
10/13/2018-League (H)
Won

4-1 Vs Castlereagh
10/20/2018-League (H)
Won

4-3 Vs Bangor Y M
10/27/2018-League (H)
Won

6-4 Vs Belvoir
11/17/2018-League (H)
Drew

2-2 Vs Abbey Villa
11/24/2018-League (A)
Won

7-4 Vs Bryansburn
12/1/2018-League (A)
Drew

2-2 Vs Corrymeela
12/8/2018-League (H)
Drew

3-3 Vs Belvoir
12/22/2018-League (A)
Lost

1-3 Vs Bangor Swifts
12/29/2018-League (A)
Lost

2-5 Vs Ards Rangers
1/5/2019-League (H)
Lost

2-3 Vs Bangor Swifts
1/12/2019-Tommy Murphy Shield (A)
Drew

4-4 Vs Bangor Y M
1/19/2019-League (A)
Won

4-0 Vs 43rd OB
1/26/2019-League (H)
Won

9-3 Vs Bangor Swifts
2/2/2019-League (A)
Won

7-1 Vs Ravenhill
2/9/2019-League (A)
Won

5-3 Vs Castlereagh
2/16/2019-League (H)
Won

3-2 Vs Portavogie Rangers
2/23/2019-League (A)
Won

4-1 Vs Abbey Villa
3/2/2019-League (H)
Won

4-1 Vs Bangor Swifts
3/23/2019-League (H)
Drew

3-3 Vs Comber Star
3/30/2019-League (A)
Won

5-0 Vs 43rd OB
4/6/2019-Frank Moore (H)
Won

3-1 Vs North Down
4/10/2019-Frank Moore (H)
Won

3-2 Vs Colin Valley
4/17/2019-Frank Moore (H)
Under 17s
23
1
0
9
64
45
19
Won

3-2 Vs St Oliver Plunkett
9/8/2018-Supplementary Cup (A)
Lost

2-4 Vs St James Swifts
9/15/2018-Supplementary Cup (H)
Lost

2-3 Vs 22nd old boys
9/21/2018-Supplementary Cup (A)
Won

6-0 Vs 22nd Old Boys
10/6/2018-League (A)
Won

5-2 Vs Clarawood
10/13/2018-League (H)
Lost

2-4 Vs Oliver Plunkett
10/20/2018-League (H)
Won

3-2 Vs Suffolk YM
10/27/2018-League (H)
Won

2-0 Vs Appex
11/3/2018-League (H)
Won

7-1 Vs Rathcoole
11/10/2018-League (H)
Won

5-2 Vs Crewe Utd
11/24/2018-League (H)
Lost

2-5 Vs Aqunias
12/8/2018-League (H)
Lost

3-4 Vs Downpatrick
1/5/2019-League (H)
Won

4-1 Vs Holywood
1/11/2019-League (A)
Won

2-1 Vs St James
1/26/2019-League (H)
Lost

0-2 Vs Saintfield Utd
1/30/2019-League (H)
Won

4-0 Vs 22nd old boys
2/9/2019-League (A)
Won

1-0 Vs Apex blues
2/16/2019-League (A)
Won

1-0 Vs Saintfield Utd
2/23/2019-League Cup (A)
Lost

1-3 Vs St Marys
3/2/2019-League (A)
Lost

2-3 Vs Downpatrick
3/15/2019-Plate (H)
Won

3-2 Vs Saintfield Utd
3/23/2019-Plate (A)
Lost

0-2 Vs Aqunias
3/30/2019-Plate (H)
Won

4-2 Vs St James
4/5/2019-League (H)
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