Off the back of consecutive away wins, ITFA were looking to add another 3 points to their push for promotion. On a windy day, conditions were going to play a significant role in the way this game unfolded, with open attractive football difficult to execute.
ITFA had the best of the opening exchanges, pressing forward, looking for the opening goal. On 12 minutes ITFA won a corner which was floated in and forced a save from the opposition goalkeeper. Pressure continued to build, 3 minutes later, when a free kick on the edge of the box flew just over from one of ITFA’s centre backs. ITFA continued to press with the wind behind them and again won a corner, which presented a half chance for the attacking ITFA players, only for the opposition goal keeper to drop onto the ball. The half ended with honours even.
The second half, ITFA had to play into the wind and try to create some clear-cut opportunities… on 43 minutes, a good ball down the right put one of ITFA’s midfielders away… his strong run and cross gave a half chance to the ITFA striker, but he was not able to get a meaningful shot away. As the second half progressed, the opposition began to get more opportunities to press forward. On 48 minutes they had a long shot fly just over the bar and five minutes later a corner which was well dealt with by one of the ITFA central defenders.
So, entering the final couple of minutes, the opposition won a corner on the right-hand side… The ball was played into the ITFA box and was scrambled into the back of the ITFA net… however the referee brought a premature end to the opposition player’s celebration when he disallowed the goal for a clear push on the ITFA goalkeeper; which proved to be the final action of the game.
Overall, a hard fought 0-0 draw was a fair result, bearing in mind the conditions and is the first ever draw for ITFA.