Clear skies welcomed the 58572 spectators who had made their way to The Accipiter
. Davy Egas
was the appointed referee with assistance provided by Amadeus Meyer
and Wim Panter
Hawks started off with a 2-5-3 lineup.
The following players had been chosen: Barrios - Zmudziński, Ringoot - Valenciaga, Hollander, Fiddaman, Ephraim, Root - Biancon, Maguire, Camenzind.
A 4-5-1 alignment was the formation of choice for Bingys.
Starters: Pardin - Neilson, Graham, Manby, Unsworth - Osterburg, Davis, Chilicki, Pollitt, Pérez Urbina - Bin-Shahed.
It was obvious that Bingys were using their pressing skill as their primary tactic.
gave Hawks the lead as he successfully challenged the guests' central defenders, then slotted the ball into the bottom corner, giving the keeper no chance. 1 - 0
The pressing tactics used by Bingys were successful as the ball remained close to the half way line at all times.
After 40 minutes, Hawks's A. Hollander
fell awkwardly, but was determined to stay in the match. That's the spirit!
Bingys pressed their opponents, causing the game to be a bit of a stalemate at times.
As I. Valenciaga
had, completely unprovoked, swept the legs out from under an opponent in front of a linesman, the referee gave the Hawks player a red card without batting an eyelid.
1 - 0 was the score after the first half.
Hawks claimed to have seen most of the ball, and the statistics agreed with them - possession being 54 percent.
Bingys's talent at pressing frustrated the spectators as the game became a dire midfield struggle.
Hawks's J. Biancon
saw his fine effort strike the top of the bar following some good work up the middle by his teammates after 66 minutes.
The Hawks players could smell victory in the air. I. Ringoot
wasn't in a hurry to leave the field as he was substituted for G. Crawley
after 71 minutes.
The bench was restless, and with 75 minutes passed Bingys's coach gave D. Way
the opportunity the player had been hoping for. C. Graham
reluctantly left the field.
Unhappy with the result so far in the game, the Bingys manager used a brief break in play after 75 minutes to give the players new directives.
had a fantastic opportunity to put Hawks up another goal 81 minutes into the match, but he fired just over the crossbar.
82 minutes into the match, the visitors' central line of defence had to look on as B. Maguire
broke through, making the score 2 - 0 for Hawks.
Bingys's ability to press all over the field frequently paid dividends.
Possession in the forty-five minutes was dominated by Hawks, with 55 percent of the ball.
Hawks's top performer was clearly B. Maguire
was a disappointment, however.
Bingys's best player was I. Bin-Shahed
turned in a dismal performance, however.
The match ends 2 - 0.