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In a league of our own! Match Day 2: CDI v LSH

Posted by: Anders Elite

Game 2 of the CRASH Property Cup seemed to arrive extremely quickly after CDI Anders City first career match and we were met with a little less optimism but with no less enthusiasm than the last outing.  Due to a couple of “unavailable” players a few new faces were thrown into the mix.

We arrived at Gunnersbury Park and quickly got changed - some into an unwashed kit from the last game - then out onto the pitch for the warm up.  We knew we were facing last year’s champions, who had beaten last week’s opponents in the final, so we were a little apprehensive about how we would fair.  I was carrying a slight knock from last week and as the ball came to me, I raised my leg to pass it back and felt my quadriceps muscle tear with a burst of excruciating pain!! Not a good start to the warm up. So with my short lived football career looking in tatters I passed the captains armband to Jack Brennan. 

The referee blew the whistle to get the game underway and now with only one sub remaining, fitness was going to play a big part in CDI’s performance.  Again we started the match with great purpose and were looking composed on the ball with everyone keen to get a touch.  LSH took a surprising lead due to a sweetly struck OG and they were soon into a two goal lead. But CDI were determined not to let the game slip away and with a beautifully pinged ball from Captain Brennan we grabbed a goal to pull it back to 2-1.

Scouse Gary was also carrying a knee injury from a weekend mishap on his bike which flared up due to his Gerrard like work-rate, so a quick substitution was made bringing Badger into the fold.  However, our shape was starting to slip a little but when we were on the ball we looked good.  Badger lasted a little more than five minutes due to a further injury. We had no option - so Gary hobbled back onto the pitch - this became a recurring theme throughout the rest of the game, resulting in us playing with the majority of 10.5 players! 

Continuing to battle hard, we were still looking Serie A quality especially in our Inter Milan inspired Kits! In the 2nd half Cousin Rich scored a fantastic goal from outside the box which nestled in the left hand bottom corner of the net.  We had improved our attacking quality by 100% from the previous week and will take that as a massive positive into the final game of the tournament next week against the league leaders CBRE………

Final score – well, we will keep you guessing on that but we certainly are ‘in a league of our own!’

Full-time match report by Greg Johns

Missed the 1st match report - read it here

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