A glorious day of sunshine at Ullathorne made for a great game of football. The match finally began, late because of a change in pitch. Elim started the brightest. Creating chances and carving through the ARYPT defence with ease. Elim went one up with a speculative effort from wide right, it was a great strike that sailed into the bottom left corner. Soon after it was two with an easy through-ball and smart finish.
ARYPT then got a foothold in the game after a tactical change, playing good football keeping the ball on the floor, a nice move down the right and a beautiful cross into the box followed by a powerful finish from Bradley Prior for two one. ARYPT were then playing some nice football pushing to get level. Elim hit ARYPT on the break with another superb through ball, the striker one on one shot over the bar, the keeper clattered into the forward and the referee awarded a penalty. Strongly contested by ARYPT. Elim buried it for 3-1. Elim then made it 4-1 with a good finish.
ARYPT kept heads high and pushed hard for a goal to get back into the game and their efforts were rewarded with a fantastic finish from centre back Craig Eaves, a shot from just outside the box into the bottom right hand corner of the net. ‘Take a bow son’. The come back was on. 4-2.
ARYPT continued to show great character and desire and pulled back another after some neat football and firm finish from Hugh Williams. ARYPT kept up the pressure before half time and grabbed another goal with a great strikers finish by Rob Spillane making it 4-4 at half time. The game was in the balance with two teams really pushing hard for the win, a fantastic advert for the church league.
The second half started less frantically with both teams playing good football trying to get a break through. A contested free kick saw the ARYPT captain sent off for foul and abuse language. A surprise to all!
ARYPT had their backs to the wall for 5 minutes getting the 10 men organised, Elim took advantage of this and scored after a scramble in the box. 5-4 to Elim.
The setback didn’t deter ARYPT who kept pushing and pushing for an equaliser. The passion and commitment payed off with a lovely move and finish. 5-5. Even with 10 men ARYPT kept pressing for the winner.
Another tactical decision and some fresh legs changed the game. ARYPT keep the pressure on with the red card galvanising the team. A corner into the box and some pulling and pushing, a penalty award to ARYPT. Up stepped Ryan Welsh, it was never in doubt with a calm finish into the bottom left corner. 6-5.
Elim then started to push more for an equalisers, ARYPT held firm and had some good chances on the break. Elim kept pushing and pushing but ARYPT had the answers. ARYPT managed to capitalise after some great work from Sean Langford breaking up play in midfield and Rob Spillane scored his well deserved hat-trick.
What a great game with two teams fighting for the win, an absolutely brilliant advert for the league.