Ramsgate V Malgo 03.10.10

Ramsgate 3 – 3 Malgo.

This was always going to be a tough game if the earlier encounter in September was anything to go by. As it turned out 10 men Malgo had to put in an outstanding performance to remain unbeaten and top of the the Kent Division of SECWFL.

Both sets of 11 players lined up at the Southwood Stadium and it was Ramsgate who showed their familiarity with the large pitch, mounting some early attacks. Malgo soon learned how to take advantage of the pitch working an opening on 10 minutes for a shot by Seymour that flew just over the Ramsgate goal.

Like two well matched prize fighters both teams spared away through the midfield looking for the break that would deliver a goal and on 15 mins it was Ramsgate that broke on their right flank, putting in a shot beating Malgo keeper Freeman low on her near post. From the restart the battle in the midfield continued to and fro and on 20 minutes the ball was cleared from a Ramsgate attack which Wallace collected on the centre circle. Thanks to some deft footwork she made space for herself to spot France out wide on Malgo’s left flank, putting in a great pass that allowed France to fire home a first time shot.

Buoyed by getting level Malgo started to assert some pressure with some great work by Relph and Seymour in the midfield. 30 minutes into the game Malgo won a throw in the Ramsgate half which Gooderham launched her Delap styled throw into the Ramsgate box. France pounced but shot just wide.

The game was well poised with both teams evenly matched but this was about to change when Ramsgate made a substitution bringing on Gray on 60 mins. It took only 5 mins for Gray to make her mark on the game as Berry drove down Malgo’s left flank. Gray chasing after Berry, put in a two footed challenge through the back of Berry which took her down, leaving her crumpled on the floor in some pain. Berry had to come off for treatment and to the Malgo team and fans’ surprise Gray got away with the challenge not even being spoken to by the referee to calm things down. 10 men Malgo battled on but things were to get worse 3 minutes later Gray put in another similar challenge this time on the back of Captain Seymour, who feeling aggrieved that nothing was done about the previous challenge kicked out at Gray. Unfortunately for Malgo there could be only one outcome and Seymour, red carded spent the rest of the game on the bench nursing a bruised ankle and pride.

Malgo’s team spirit came to the fore and Berry with a heavily strapped ankle came back on to do what she could to support her team mates. Ramsgate sensed they could win the game and began push forward applying pressure, breaking through on 70 minutes to score however the goal was ruled offside. Ramsgate continued to press some more but this worked more in Malgo’s favour as they hit Ramsgate on the break on 82 minutes. Relph won the ball in the midfield and put in a great through ball to France who dispatched the ball past Ramsgate’s keeper.

8 minutes of the game to go plus at least 5 mins of injury time – it was all getting very tense as Ramsgate pushed to get back into the game. It came on 85 minutes when a mishit cross from Ramsgate’s no. 9 looped high over Freeman dropping into Malgo’s net. What more twists and turns were left? It came on 89 minutes when Bray worked hard down Malgo’s right flank to collect the ball out wide and put in a great pass to find Wallace. Surround by 3 players, some more deft footwork saw Wallace break free into space in front of Ramsgate’s goal. There was no mistake, a hard low shot saw Malgo take the lead for the second time. Malgo’s 10 players now looked exhausted, they’d given their all. The game however was not finished as the referee still seemed to be finding more time and on the 96th minute Gray, the protagonist who had upset Malgo, broke down Ramsgate’s right flank to slot home a goal passed Freeman. The game finished 3 – 3

Team: Seymour (C), Freeman (GK) Gooderham, Clarke, Golding, Brimsted, Berry, Relph, Hensman, Wallace, France
Sub: Bray

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