BCS XI and Milford Lusitanos battled to a 2-2 draw at Dilboy Stadium on Saturday, April 19th. Although both teams will feel they had opportunities to win the match, the game was relatively even in terms of possession and goal attempts. With the result, BCS remains top of the table in Division II on 7 points, while Milford earned just their second point of the season and currently sit eighth.
The match was scrappy throughout, with both teams fighting for the ball in midfield. Though BCS started to keep the ball well, they struggled to penetrate the Milford defensive third from open play. The game's first chance came when the Milford goalie picked up a back-pass in his 18, giving BCS an indirect free kick from about 10 yards out. Unfortunately the opportunity was rushed and squandered, without even registering a shot on goal.
Milford also benefited from some sloppy play in the defensive third. Unlike BCS, however, they were able to capitalize. A short goal kick was won by the Milford striker, who did well to hold off the challenge from a BCS center-back and finish smartly into the bottom left corner from 20 yards out. This made the score 1-0 halfway through the opening period.
BCS responded positively and grabbed an equalizer just before halftime. A free-kick was floated in from the right wing. The Milford goalie was rooted to his line, apparently fearful of a mid-air collision. Randy took advantage of the keeper's hesitancy by leaping well to nod easily into the back of the net.
The second half was played in similar fashion to the first. Neither team had a clear advantage, and Milford once again took the lead on a mistake in the BCS defensive third. The ball was given away cheaply to a Milford striker who raced towards goalie and finished well in a 1v1 situation.
BCS, desperate for an equalizer, finally began to take control of the match. Milford defended resiliently but were finally beaten by a piece of brilliant individual skill from Mike Howard, who jinked his way past defenders along the end-line before firing home inside the keeper's near-post for the final goal of the game, bringing the score to 2-2.