IoW DFA Saturday League

Division 3 – Saturday April 2nd 2016

COWES SPORTS ‘A’   2 – 2   SHANKILN ‘A’

 A disappointing display from the youngsters today. It didn’t get off to a great start when inform striker Ryan Flynn pulled up injured in the warm up!

Also, with Lewis Insley & James Whitewood missing, Cowes knew they were going to have to work even harder against a very good Shanklin side.

The first 20mins belonged to Shanklin as Cowes kept giving the ball away and losing out in every aerial battle, somehow a Shanklin forward managed to strike the Cowes crossbar from inside the six yard box with nobody anywhere near him before skipper Jordan Whittle was on hand to clear the ball off the line when a goal seemed certain for Shanklin, but they gradually got themselves into the game and took the lead on 25mins when WILL SHARP reacted quickest in their box to fire home. This seemed to settle the nerves and Cowes started to play well and create chances. JOE CRAIG found himself clean through on 34mins to make it 2-0 to Cowes but several other chances were created but not taken. Even leading 2-0 Cowes knew the game was not over with several players off their game today.

Five minutes into the second half Shanklin were back in it. A long ball over the top caught the defence out, as has happened in several games of late, Jordon Stacey was very harshly adjudged to of fouled their striker. No one from their side even appealed!! The spot kick was converted and the game was on. Some of the players were looking tired but defensively Cowes looked to be coping. Unfortunately with just 10mins to go, a Shanklin player was allowed to cut in from the wing, instead of being shown the line and his shot was deflected past Cowes keeper Wilfred Armfield despite him getting both hands to the ball. Cowes then decided to play again and created 4 or 5 relatively easy chances to retake the lead but failed to take any of them! Final Score 2-2.

Shanklin probably had most possession during the game, but Cowes had by far the more scoring opportunities, and were made to pay for not taking them. The boys are still top for the moment but Pan are now clear favourites for the title, so they must stay focused in our remaining four games to ensure promotion.