AC Milanda 2 Parklife 4
Scorers - Macdonald, Murray
Team - Mitchell, Fawns, Preston, Evans, Reid, Allan (O'Neill), Grehan, McLaughlin, Murray, Macdonald, Harley (Kenny). Sub not used: Di Folco.
MILANDA’S Premier Division status is in serious jeopardy after yet another collapse from a winning position. The home team dominated a good Parklife team for more than an hour, eventually took the lead ... and then proceeded to undo all their good work. It has been an all too familiar story this season and with just one more game to be played until the halfway stage in the league campaign is reached, Milanda are still propping up the table.
If it’s not the stickiest situation since Sticky the stick insect got stuck on a sticky bun, it’s pretty damn close.
The start to the game was excellent with Milanda pressing Parklife’s players all over the pitch and making sure that most of the action was around the visitors' 18-yard box. Greig Harley, Rod Macdonald and Marc Allan all had shots at goal inside the first five minutes. Then Kevin Grehan saw his header from a long throw by Paul Murray brilliantly saved by the keeper.
There were other half-chances for Milanda and only the odd counter-attack by Parklife before the half-time whistle sounded with the stalemate intact.
Harley had a chance just after the break following another Murray throw but his header was a couple of inches too high. But Parklife could never be discounted and it took a superb save by Ross Mitchell and then a block by Scott Preston to prevent the away team taking the lead.
Milanda continued to push forward and deservedly went ahead just after the hour with a well-worked goal. Craig Fawns fed Grehan down the right and his low cross into the box was perfect for Macdonald to slot past the keeper.On the sidelines, the feeling was Milanda could now go on to consolidate their position. On the pitch, it was a different story.
Whether Parklife stepped up a gear or Milanda thought the job was done is hard to evaluate but the final part of the proceedings was in stark contrast to what had gone before. Parklife hit the bar and then cashed in on some poor play at the back to score three embarrassingly quick goals.
The game had been turned on its head.
Milanda, with trialist Liam Kenny on up front in a reshaped 3-4-3 formation, kept battling and did cut the deficit eight minutes from time. Macdonald and Mark Reid combined to set up Murray for a close-range finish.
However, the faint hope that something could be salvaged from the match was snuffed out from the restart when Parklife netted their fourth.
MOM: Colin McLaughlin was playing in central midfield but seemed to pop up just about everywhere on the pitch at some stage. He put in a great shift and didn’t deserve to be on the losing side.