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Overcast weather free of rain made for a crowd turnout of 12000 at Tears Point today. Gert Palm was the appointed referee with assistance provided by Charlie Flatley and Frederik Larsen. The following players took the field: Looney - Muhammad, Baber, Mclean, Brown - Soley, Hann, Spencer, Siggins - Ashern, Sheppard.

They fielded: Abacha - Dogan, Kyle, Hanes, Shannon - Zahid, Nunan, King, Rosen - Bevan, Capelhorn.

As the teams spread out over the pitch, it became clear that they would both be using a 4-4-2 formation today. Phoenix created a good opportunity to score 8 minutes into the match when Davie Ashern's hooked ball from the left created a scuffle in front of the goal, and the visitors' defenders had a hard time clearing the ball. 9 minutes in, Radcliffe's Arnie King received a yellow card for going into a challenge studs first. Phoenix were very close to putting themselves one up after 15 minutes as Davie Ashern got through on the left. However, his concentration failed him, and he shot wide. With 21 minutes played, Kerry Capelhorn of Radcliffe fell dramatically just outside the penalty area. However, the referee was unimpressed, and booked him for diving. Alan Hann went down after twisting his right ankle after 31 minutes, and had to leave the pitch. Terry Brodie had already been warming up, and came on for Alan Hann. Alan Hann was coming off, and had placed his last free kick for the day. That meant that Robert Sheppard got the chance to showcase his dead ball skills. With 34 minutes played, the home side managed to get a 1 - 0 lead as Terry Brodie flipped the ball in after a cross from the right. 1 - 0 was the score after the first half. Radcliffe had most of the ball, with 55 percent of possession.

The visitors' Kerry Capelhorn was alert after a cross coming in from the left, levelling the score at 1 - 1 after 55 minutes. After 62 minutes a well-practised indirect free kick routine by Phoenix was easily anticipated by the defenders. The players forward were so well marked, they were left with few viable options. Luke Shannon had a good try after 80 minutes, coming in on a fine move from the left, but the ball went wide. Radcliffe's Caleb Nunan was shown a yellow card after 82 minutes for slicing down an opponent. John Looney was in no condition to play on. He left the field limping after 82 minutes, with his left thigh bandaged. Clive Spira tried to hide a smile as he entered the field. He had not expected to get a chance this day. The players were tired, but when the referee announced that there would be 1 minute of added time they, nonetheless, welcomed the extra opportunity to make an impact. The match ends 1 - 1. Possession in the forty-five minutes was dominated by Radcliffe, with 58 percent of the ball.

The most dominating Phoenix player was without a doubt Robert Sheppard. On the other hand, Brandon Baber's play was disheartening. Saad Zahid performed admirably for Radcliffe. However, Bakut Abacha made a disastrous appearance.

Rating details

Midfield disastrous (high) disastrous (very high) 3 4 1/20 1/20
Right defence wretched (high) disastrous (very high) 7 4 2/20 1/20
Central defence wretched (high) wretched (low) 7 6 2/20 2/20
Left defence wretched (low) wretched (very low) 6 5 2/20 2/20
Right attack wretched (very low) wretched (high) 5 7 2/20 2/20
Central attack wretched (very low) disastrous (very high) 5 4 2/20 1/20
Left attack disastrous (very high) wretched (very low) 4 5 1/20 2/20
Indirect set pieces
Defence wretched (very high) wretched (very high) 8 8 2/20 2/20
Attack poor (very low) poor (very low) 9 9 3/20 3/20
Team attitude (Hidden) (Hidden)
Tactic Normal Normal
Tactic skill (no tactic) (no tactic) (no tactic) (no tactic)
Style of play - -


1 - 0  Terry Brodie 34'
1 - 1  Kerry Capelhorn 55'
Arnie King 9'
Kerry Capelhorn 21'
Caleb Nunan 82'
Alan Hann 31'
John Looney 82'
Substitution Out Alan Hann
In Terry Brodie
Substitution Out John Looney
In Clive Spira



Chance distribution

Home Away
5 4

2 Left attack 2
0 Central attack 2
2 Right attack 0
1 Other 0
0 Special events 0
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Rating details

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Indirect set pieces

Defence wretched (very high) wretched (very high) 8 8 2/20 2/20
Attack poor (very low) poor (very low) 9 9 3/20 3/20


Team attitude (Hidden) (Hidden)
Tactic Normal Normal
Tactic skill (no tactic) (no tactic) (no tactic) (no tactic)
Style of play - -

Average ratings

Total player experience wretched (very high) wretched (high) 8 7 2/20 2/20
Average midfield disastrous (high) disastrous (very high) 3 4 1/20 1/20
Average defence wretched (high) wretched (very low) 7 5 2/20 2/20
Average attack wretched (very low) wretched (very low) 5 5 2/20 2/20
Total average wretched (very low) wretched (very low) 5 5 2/20 2/20


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