It was a big game with both teams vying for the second promotion spot; the three point swing would be a huge advantage for either team in their competing bids for promotion.
The game started late at D.C. Alliance's home field with the home team remaining short a man or two throughout the match. Taking advantage of the man-advantage and particularly wide field, BCS XI attacked down the flanks to spread Alliance's defense. This strategy paid off midway through the first half, when Chika found the opening to send in a low-cross from the left for Ian, who calmly finished to put XI ahead 1-0. We kept a clean sheet through the first half. Ian, assigned to man-mark, completely shutdown Alliance's main attacking threat. Alliance found a few opportunities to strike in the first half, but were forced to shoot wide or saved by excellent coverage from keeper Dave.
We began the second half hungry for more, not fully satisfied with the 1-0 lead and feeling that we should have firmer control over this game. Early on into the second half, newcomer Drew doubled our lead to 2-0. However, mere moments later off the restart, we conceded a penalty to bring the margin back down to 2-1. We didn't let that setback shake our determination, and midway through the second half, Drew found the net again, regaining our 3-1 margin. Alliance didn't let that dampen their spirits and only pressed harder attempting to improve their result in this crucial game. We were able to capitalize on this to create one more goal, with a lofted through ball sending Stu free down the center to slot past the goalie, setting the final result at 4-1. Alliance created a few more solid chances, turning our defense to find opportunities to shoot on goal, but great saves and coverage from Dave kept it from being a closer game.
Well done, XI! Excellent work in executing the game plan, and fighting with persistence for the full 90 minutes. These 3 points go far in our bid for promotion. One more win or tie in the remaining four games sends us to Division 3.