The weather was pretty good, and a crowd of 42600 had shown up at The Rec
for the match. Antti Voivalin
was the appointed referee with assistance provided by Grant Patzer
and Jurek Matyja
harriers started off with a 4-4-2 lineup.
Lineup: Zinnur - Obel, Mello, Pillot, Nestoruk - Dahlhaus, Thycosen, Van Genechten, Schürze - Cannon, Alberti.
Ekranas had chosen a strategic 2-5-3 formation.
They fielded: Dennis - Batley, Riddle - Arthur, Lewis, Sutton, Quinlan, Barnett - Deayton, Rudd, Rockney.
Ekranas were mostly trying to use their skill at attacking on the flanks.
After 1 minutes, the Ekranas coach had a quick word about the tactical set-up and decided to try another approach.
The coach of Ekranas wanted to try to change things around after 1 minutes, and gave new tactical instructions.
Priding himself in being an active coach, the Ekranas manager gave new instructions to his players after 1 minutes.
1 minutes into the match, the Ekranas manager wanted to try a new tactic, and the players loyally obliged.
With the match clock at 1 minutes, Ekranas modified their style of play a little bit.
of Ekranas seemed to be floating in the air as he elegantly headed in to make the score 0 - 1 after a corner kick that was nicely executed by B. Deayton
20 minutes into the game, Ekranas worked the left side industriously creating several opportunities to add to their lead, but just couldn't apply the finishing touch.
knocked one home from a counterattack down the right wing, making the score 1 - 1 after 26 minutes.
harriers's A. Van Genechten
was shown a yellow card for standing over the ball and blocking an opponent's quick free kick after 34 minutes.
After 41 minutes, Ekranas put themselves up 1 - 2, as J. Sutton
finished off a strike from the left with a real cannonball of a shot.
1 - 2 was the halftime score.
Possession in this half belonged to Ekranas, who controlled the ball 60 percent of the time.
After 71 minutes a well-practised indirect free kick routine by Ekranas was easily anticipated by the defenders. The players forward were so well marked, they were left with few viable options.
After 74 minutes, a mistake by the home side's left defence allowed B. Deayton
to get through. He outclassed the home side's keeper, adding another goal for the visitors. 1 - 3.
After this, you could see that the players of Ekranas were more interested in killing time than scoring more goals.
One of many good crosses from G. Barnett
on the wing was received and skillfully taken care of by B. Deayton
, who scored for Ekranas. 1 - 4
Ekranas increased their lead after 80 minutes when B. Rudd
broke through on the right, upping the score to 1 - 5, much to the home crowd's dismay.
Ekranas had most of the ball, with 60 percent of possession.
The most dominating harriers player was without a doubt S. Alberti
On the other hand, T. Zinnur
's play was disheartening.
performed admirably for Ekranas.
turned in a dismal performance, however.
The match ends 1 - 5.