Weather conditions were fairly good for football, and Old Grange
saw a crowd turnout of 34692. Paweł 'Capitano' Kazulek
was the appointed referee with assistance provided by Alois Kapkiner
and Emmanuel Kervadec
Everyone was excited about the upcoming Dublin
derby and the crowd was divided evenly.
Depressants tactics involved an interesting 3-5-2 combination.
Starters: Ripollés - Andrić, Westman, Leers - Bengtsson, Dimitrov, Doñapalla, Harms, Gray - Özal, Pijl.
Collectors decided to use a 3-5-2 set up.
They fielded: Žvīgurs - do Rancho, Tejada Muro, Lührs - Fradinho, Gnatenko, Pettersson, Orellana Toro, Kauranen - Raszczuk, Gassama.
It was an obvious ambition of Collectors to use their ability at attacking on the flanks.
Depressants's O. Özal
tried to break through in the middle repeatedly, but couldn't get past the visitors' defenders.
caused the crowd to go mental with his goal up the middle after 17 minutes. This gave Depressants the 1 - 0 lead.
Collectors levelled the score after 23 minutes to make it 1 - 1, as M. Kauranen
struck home after a fine midfield combination through the centre, which left him completely unmarked.
Depressants's H. Pijl
showed off his trademark ability to do the unexpected with a tricky pass after 24 minutes. Unfortunately, R. Bengtsson
was startled by the play and wasn't able to control the finish.
It was obvious that Collectors had instructions to attack on the wings instead of in the middle.
The home crowd breathed a collective sigh of relief when M. Gassama
was unable to put the ball in the net after his show of skill down the left 26 minutes into the match. He was seen beating the pitch in frustration at missing such a good chance to give his team the lead!
Depressants were very close to putting themselves one up after 27 minutes as M. Doñapalla
got through on the left, but failing in concentration, he shot the ball wide.
1 - 1 was the halftime score.
Depressants enjoyed most of the ball, as they maintained 55 percent of possession.
The opposing supporters gave the referee an earful when he only gave H. Pijl
from Depressants a yellow card after a mistimed challenge from behind 47 minutes into the game. That was far too lenient!
Unfortunately for Collectors, I. Žvīgurs
was injured when the game became more physical, and he had to leave the field. B. Gaubert
After 64 minutes, M. Dimitrov
came in from the right, feinted, then sped past the off-balance defender to make the score 2 - 1, giving Depressants the lead.
67 minutes into the game, Depressants were awarded a penalty that O. Özal
turned into 3 - 1 without a problem.
Collectors had a good opportunity to attack in the middle, but remembered their instructions to focus on wing attacks instead.
Collectors had a fair chance to reply after 76 minutes due to some fine moves down the left, but in the end C. Raszczuk
was slow to keep up with the play and was unable to make it into the penalty box to apply a finish.
Depressants managed to extend their lead to 4 - 1 when O. Özal
cut in neatly from the left side and struck a fine shot past the away team's goalkeeper.
By then O. Özal
had scored three goals - a hat trick!
After 81 minutes, the away team failed to deal with a good exchange of passes on the right, and H. Pijl
gave the Depressants supporters even more to cheer about when he increased the lead to 5 - 1.
At this point, it was obvious that the players of Depressants lowered the tempo and became more defensively oriented.
Collectors fought on and, after 83 minutes, C. Fradinho
was able to reduce the deficit to 5 - 2 after some excellent moves on the right side were finished off with an incredibly clever chip.
Depressants claimed to have seen most of the ball, and the statistics agreed with them - possession being 57 percent.
Most important Depressants player was M. Dimitrov
turned in a dismal performance, however.
Collectors's best player was M. Gassama
was a disappointment, however.
The match ends 5 - 2.