The Ashbourne Allstars played against Lansdowne College this week, in one of the best games we've seen them play in a while. Here's the play by play account from the managers...
Tuesday night pitched the Ashbourne Allstars against Lansdowne College at Westway Sports Centre.
The Allstars started brightly and played what is arguably some of the best football they have played since they were formed in 2013.
We created chance after chance and should have been well out of sight in the first 20 mins, giving the opposition very little opportunity to create any chances. Our solid back 2 of Bassem and Arman, were complimented by the impressive display of holding midfielder Aidan Sampson and allowed very little to get past them as a unit in the first half.
Further forward, Bader, Marwan, Adrian Von Boettinger and Alex Apodiacos-Fatsis created chance after chance with super interplay and movement.
The Allstars took the lead after 15 minutes when Marwan was fouled in the oppositions half and was quick to recognise an opportunity, taking a quick free kick which allowed Alex to finish clinically into the bottom corner, 1-0 Allstars.
The half time score could easily have been 6-0, but wasted chances and some poor decision making at the end of great passing moves kept the score at 1-0.
The Allstars again came out brightly in the second half and created lots more chances and had the opposition pinned in their own half for long periods, but, going in search of their second goal, the Allstars lost possession in a dangerous position and Lansdowne capitalised to make it 1-1. This now meant that the Allstars were putting everything into getting the win and with our positive attitude we pushed men forward and took more risks in search of the winner. Juan Pablo made some crucial at vital moments and after a fine save a quick counter attack by Aidan, who took a shot from distance that took a slight deflection into the back of the net, 2-1 Allstars.
With 5 mins left, Lansdowne equalised with a fortuitous goal that was cruel on the Allstars and extremely undeserved, 2-2.
The Allstars threw everything at the Lansdowne goal and were unlucky to not to be awarded a penalty in the final moments of the game and had numerous efforts blocked on the line to win the game, but it wasn't to be.
I was extremely impressed with the football we played last night and I expect the same desire and performance from the Allstars against MPW next week.