The Main Course...Garry C 2 - 2 Simon K
Steve E 4 - 7 Garry C
Garry C 4 - 1 John B
Despite the fun ice-breaker, me and Si still had the jitters in our opening tourney match, both desperate to avoid defeat!
Si steamrollered me in the first half but an injury time goal for me, pulled it back to 1-2. Not for the first time that night, I heard Si's words "I don't know how you're still in this?".
I levelled it 2-2 and that's how it finished, honours even. Maybe it was his sleep deprivation but I always seemed to have my nose in front against Ste and managed to score just when Evil seemed poised to strike back. Imo my final game of the round was John's strongest defensive display yet who was nullifying my approachplay, keeping the score to just 2-1 in my favour.
I was convinced one of John's attacks would end this match a draw but two late goals in the 8th and 9th minutes gave me a more flattering scoreline.
It was time for a breather, a cuppa and, with a lack of supplies, some buttered toast (or toasted butter in Si's case). Simon K 4 - 4 Garry C
Garry C 4 - 4 Steve E
John B 0 - 10 Garry C
The tourney resumed and my match with Si felt like a replay! Again Si started strong, again he gained a 2-0 early lead and again just before HT I reduced the deficit. Second half I took the game to Si and for the first time in our two games, carved our a lead, 4-3. The points seemed mine but a determined late attack again meant we finished even-stevens. Evil had awakened for round two and it was me who was always behind him this time. His finishing was alive once more and as Ste said above he scored probably the goal of the night.
Unusually he chose to retreat away the box with his front man allowing Scott to make a run into the area. A clever reverse pass found the advancing midfielder who slotted home just inside the far post. Quality!
In such form, I was more than grateful that matched ended 4-4.
With one match remaining, the title was a two-horse race. A win for Si would seal it although a draw against Ste could be enough given his 11-goal superior goal difference. I hope John forgives me but to give me a fighting chance of the title, I needed to score big time. After John's earlier defensive performance I wasn't sure I could, but the goals suddenly came easy. This was my first double digit victory, it was just a pity it was against my good friend, John. You took in good spirit but sorry mate.
As it happened, any win would have been enough in the end, since Ste toppled Mr King. So, although I might have clinched the title this was more down to other results than my own! Long may this luck continue!