AC Milanda 1, Ashfield 6
Scorers - Trialist
Team - Mitchell, Di Folco, Evans (O’Neill), Thomson, Binnie (Harley), Daly (Allan), Grehan, Murray, Trialist, MacDougall (Fawns), Macdonald. Sub not used: Preston.
MILANDA’S new year started much as the old one had ended with a combination of missed chances and defensive mistakes resulting in the loss of another three points. They say you don’t get any breaks when you’re at the wrong end of the table but we would be kidding ourselves to think recent results are anything to do with bad luck. Ashfield are a good side with some excellent players but in general play were they five goals better than us? The answer is no.
However, if you don’t defend properly, the better teams will take full advantage and that’s what they did. There were a number of times when Ashfield were found wanting defensively also but they escaped punishment most of the time because of poor finishing.
Ashfield’s first goal after 12 minutes came from poor marking at a corner. The movement of their players was good, our defenders were static and so when the header went in it came from a man who was unmarked. Not good enough.
In the lead-up to half-time, Milanda had a good spell of play in which Paul Murray and Kevin Grehan dominated the centre of midfield and chances were created. Our trialist No.10 got through thanks to a pass from Andy Thomson but the Ashfield keeper stuck out a foot and stopped what looked set to be the equaliser. Then Murray and Trialist combined in an excellent move to set up Roddy Macdonald but he failed to hit the target from close range.
Milanda lost another goal in an Ashfield breakaway in the 41st minute when one of their nippy forwards managed to beat keeper Ross Mitchell with a low shot.
The feeling at half-time was that Milanda should not have been two behind and that a quick goal would help turn the tide.
A promising start to the second period saw Trialist and Macdonald hit shots off target. But then the defence seemed to switch off and lost a third goal when a player was allowed to nick round the back of the defence and head home a simple third from a free-kick.
A fourth goal exposed more frailties through the middle of the back line and that effectively ended the game. A fifth goal was lost before a perfect Murray pass set up Trialist to beat the keeper and get one back for Milanda. The same player hit the keeper’s left-hand post as Milanda enjoyed another good little spell of pressure.
However, thoughts of making the score more respectable disappeared when a rash challenge in the box by Gary Di Folco gave Ashfield their sixth goal from the penalty spot.
MOM: Kevin Grehan and Paul Murray in midfield and Andy Thomson in defence were our best players and Murray just shades the man of the match award.
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