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OHP Gunners: 1 BCS XI: 0

The forecast once again showed rain, but we lucked out and managed to have clear skies for our game at Danehy Park. This 8am game was supposed to be played on the dirt patch known as field 1, but luckily nobody showed up to claim field 2 which is significantly greener, though a little smaller.

We knew this game was going to be tough. Our cross town rivals had also picked up some decent players over the summer [and it was a transfer window battle for our newest Brits on the squad.] We've played the Gunners in a number of friendlies and know where the danger is on the team. Brad Rawson decided he was fit enough to play but after only 30 minutes one of our strongest defenders hobbled off the pitch for the rest of the season.

Despite the setback we battled hard. It was a close match with a lot of back and forth. Neither side saw very many chances on goal, and it seemed we were in for a nil-nil draw. However, Gunners managed to get a lucky ball into the net. They put pressure on us and Sam, playing keeper, came out and cleared the ball as best he could; but only managed to get it as far as a group of players on both sides. It looked like the ball came off of the knee of someone on the Gunners team and flew into the air towards the goal; Sam was heading back to the goal mouth and despite jumping couldn't get a strong enough hand on it to clear it away.

We pushed back and put a lot of pressure on their goal right after they went up 1-0, but despite playing the final 10 minutes on their side of the pitch we couldn't get the equalizer in there. We didn't play great, but didn't play too poorly either. It was a fairly even game, and probably should have ended scoreless.


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