Rovers I Match Report
|TSV Grünwald II||4 (2) - 4 (1)||Rovers I|
|Goals: James Herbert, Ben Appleton, Chris Murphy|
|Team: Davide Passarelli, James Herbert, Peter Cullinan, Paul Proudfoot (Capt.), Marco Testori, Steven Meyer, Greg Sach, Richard Clare, Dave Bushell, Alexis La Caze*, Ben Appleton|
|Subs: Chris Murphy (Dave Bushell)|
|Sent Off: Steven Meyer|
|Manager: John Herbert|
| Re: 2nd Oct 2011 - TSV Grünwald II v Rovers I, Sportfreunde 03 Pasing II v Rovers II
October 04, 2011, 11:11:51 AM by Richard Clare
|ROVERS I match report
Herbert Proudfoot (capt) Cullinan
Sach Appleton Meyer la Caze
Murphy for Bushell
Kit: la Caze
Rovers I ventured into the heart of the green forest for the first game of the post McArdle/Maloney era. It was a tough ask with the foresters near top of the table and having scored 29 and conceded just 5 so far this season. Unfortunately the ref had come down with the Wiesn grippe and so after much negotiation their director agreed to take the whistle. Controversy was always going to ensue.
The opening exchanges were fairly even. Bushell felt a hamstring twinge and was replaced by the Rovers' latest saviour - Chris Murphy, who took to the right flank with Sach buzzing around up front. A Murphy cross from the right was headed just wide by Clare. A very similar cross minutes later was deflected in by one of the foresters. 1-0.
The Rovers started to wilt in the final 10 of the first half against the younger opponents. The foresters took advantage and scored two to take a 2-1 lead into halftime. Both goals had a hint of the offside to them, with the Rovers defence complaining loudly to the drafted referee. Meyer picked up a yellow for his opinions on the matter. Both goals could also have been avoided by just giving it a hoof over the nearest white line. 1-2.
The second half started with an early Xmas present for Appleton with their captain giving the worst backpass in recent memory. 2-2. A third followed with some good work by Meyer and Alexis down the left and the cross was met by Murphy sliding in at the back post. 3-2.
The game then opened up as the foresters chased it. Bushell, back on to see if his hamstring was ok, was left unmarked on half way and after being fed through, gave the best backpass in recent memory. Obviously his hamstring was not ok and so subbed off again.
From a bouncing through-ball/clearance, the keeper and Clare went for a 50-50 just outside the area. The ball rebounded off the keeper and Clare headed towards the open goal. The ball took a tennis ball bounce onto the cross-bar and rebounded down over the goal-line before the returning defender cleared it. Frank Lampard scenario. Fat Frank. However, the ref couldn't see so called a free-kick back for where the keeper had apparently handled the ball outside the area. Arguments followed. I'm sure their keeper was saying it went in. Meyer also pointed out that it should be a red if he handled outside the area. So the keeper got his marching orders. Meyer got his second yellow for too much talk. End result 10-a-side for the remainder with a free kick in prime position and the foresters with a makeshift keeper. Herbert stepped up and slotted the free top right corner. 4-2.
So 4-2 up, five minutes to play. Where does the 3 points put us on the table? Who is getting the Stiefel in? Clare then pops his ankle and is replaced by the hamstrung Bushell. Down to 9 effectively. The ref then plays the longest injury time seen outside of Old Trafford. The foresters lay siege to the Rovers penalty area. They pull 1 back. 3-4. They pull another back. 4-4. The ref gives them a couple more minutes for the winner. But we hold on to 1 point. No stiefel. 4-4.
Overall a good performance with all the new lads standing up.