SCC FIRSTS 1 - 1 OLYMPIQUE GAULOIS

10 APR 2017 | BY ANTHONY GARREAU

/ All we needed on this Saturday afternoon was a win to virtually reclaim the title. \

We knew it wasn’t going to be easy against a very resilient OG Team which always gives us a ride for our money. We also had to do with 3 attacking players as part of our back four which OG exploited well early on. Indeed, despite starting the game firmly on the front foot, we got caught on a counter attack that was finished by a clinical header. 1-0 OG. A dubious offside position was shrugged off by the referee and his assistants who decided to give us the next dozen free kicks in what seemed to be a compensation.

We kept on pushing hard and Anto picked out Kike who had been tremendous all afternoon and got rid of his marking before being brought down in the box: penalty. An unlucky Anto took it well but found the woodwork which would eventually earn him the prestigious Tit of the Day award.

Seconds later, Kike was at it again and got clipped just inside the box according to the linesman but the referee inexplicably ruled that it took place on the line and gave a free kick. Some say that had he not just given a pen 2min earlier, the line would have not been as deep on the pitch. From that moment onwards, we knew it was going to be a laborious game against a solid team which tried to operate on the counter.

After the tea, we came back with the same intent and will to push forward not least demonstrated by a few changes of personnel and formation which saw us ending the game with 3 players at the back. Liam had a couple of chances and Kike and Hulen kept on creating danger without finding the back of the net until Tim recovered the ball from a Gaulois counterattack which ended up in Kike’s feet who played a lovey through-ball for Hutch who showed great composure to beat the keeper after a long run and despite the two chasing French defenders.

A serie of 1-2s between Iñaki and Kike led to the latter with only the keeper to beat from a tight angle and his chip was agonisingly saved by the excellent French keeper.

Congrats to the French who showed good determination and put in a good fight.

Not winning today means that we could reclaim the league title in two weeks by getting a result against title-holder Leicester TGA City.

MOM was Hutch who stepped in as right back against his fellow countrymen and kept Remi quiet before levelling up the tie when asked to fill Liam’s big shoes upfront. Big shout to Zatto, Mike, Hutch and Jack for a decent performance despite playing out of position.