Clouds darkened the skies at northen stars Arena
as 3017 spectators turned up for the match. Gilles Höllbauer
was the appointed referee with assistance provided by Isadoro Caamaño
and Alireza Nazari
northen started off with a 4-4-2 lineup.
They fielded: Fallon - Cowcher, Harland, Gould, Castillo - Kabili, Whitton, Karamat, Butcher - Wordsworth, Kerrigan.
GH decided to use a 4-4-2 set up.
The following players had been chosen: Le Fondre - Farmer, Bryan, Walsh, Santa-Maria - Gaskin, Paul, Corish, Draughn - Williams, Sawyers.
had a good opportunity to give GH the lead as he charged down the right and struck the ball towards the top corner, but the home team's goalkeeper made the save.
23 minutes in, northen's M. Karamat
received a yellow card for going into a challenge studs first.
was the unlucky victim and couldn't continue the game, so GH's E. Malcolm
had to come off the bench.
With 33 minutes gone, J. Kerrigan
suddenly found himself completely free on the right wing when a counterattack by northen caught their opponents by surprise. Only a great save by the opposing keeper prevented him from scoring.
The referee signaled a penalty for the home side after 39 minutes, amid vocal protests from the visitors. northen fans erupted in celebration as S. Cowcher
rifled the ball into the the top corner. 1 - 0!
1 - 0 was the score after the first half.
Possession in this half belonged to northen, who controlled the ball 64 percent of the time.
had a fantastic opportunity to put northen up another goal 49 minutes into the match, but he fired just over the crossbar.
should probably have put his team up another goal after 76 minutes, but some great goalkeeping by S. Le Fondre
kept the visitors in the game.
's lack of experience almost gave GH a goal after 80 minutes, but the shot went right into the keeper's arms.
Coming from the right, D. Butcher
almost managed to score another goal for northen, but his header was tipped over the bar by the visitors' keeper.
of northen was booked for kicking the ball away after the whistle.
northen had most of the ball, with 67 percent of possession.
northen's best player was S. Kabili
turned in a dismal performance, however.
performed admirably for GH.
However, K. Corish
made a disastrous appearance.
The match ends 1 - 0.