A loss would not have been a bad game for a fatigued-plague Gethsemane FC on a sunny afternoon against Lightmoon FC. After a 6-long hours journey to the match venue and with only 10 minutes to relax, the tiredness in Gethsemane FC’s team was written all over their faces. But that didn’t weigh them down, rather, it fueled their energy to fight back and win a point deep into the second half at Cheshire stadium.
” We travelled for about 5-6 hours to the stadium and we had only 10 minutes to rest. My boys were tired but they played beyond my expectation,” said coach Beto of Gethsemane FC after the final whistle.
Coach Beto of CAIC Gethsemane FC
There were no much talking points at the opening half of the game. The game started with the highest level of intensity with both teams meaning business and aiming to get the better of each other early into the game. Seconds into the game, Gethsemane FC were lively, laying beautifully the foundation of a promising counter attack only for the final recipient of the ball, Akinyele Ogooluwa blasting his shot meters away from the goal post.
But Lightmoon FC responded in a flash. The playmaker Olaposi Babatunde spotted the vacuum available, made a swift run from his own half into the opponent arena. Trying to create space to take-on a shot, the defender Omirinde Quadri caught his ankle and gifted a freekick inches away from the penalty box. Gethsemane FC’s goalkeeper Adedeji Idris was up to the task as the resultant freekick headed straight to his hands.
Soon after the start of the second half, the game lighted up. The wait for the opening goal was over and it was Lightmoon FC who broke the deadlock at the closing quarter of the game. An ultra-intelligent Olaposi Babatunde recovering a loose ball from his own half, orchestrated and engineered a pacy counter attacking football — giving Lasisi Azeez the final pass — the striker did no mess with the ball, lifting it above the advancing goalkeeper Adedeji Idris into an empty net.
The happiness of Lightmoon FC was short-lived. In the nick of time, Gethsemane FC made a vital response. Akinyele Ogooluwa’s corner was calmly dealt with by Lightmoon’s defender Lawal Ayomide but his clearance could not pass Gethsemane FC’s goalkeeper who was completely out of his territory. The keeper trying his luck from distance took a shot only for it to take a significant deflection off his colleague Muhammad Bashir en route to the goal post.Game on!. The smile on coach Beto’s face could tell a million. He was pleased with his team’s spirit to share the spoils in a pulsating encounter with a strong Lightmoon FC.
With time ebbing away, the equalising goal geared their momentum to search for the winner. Thus, a good link up play in the midfield from Gethsemane FC’s midfielders opened up space for the goalscorer but his lazy shot wasn’t enough to disturb the goalkeeper.
In the end, the spoils was shared after a breathtaking display from both teams. Much applause to both teams defense, for they showed solidity and compusure throughout the breathless contest. Thereafter, coach Olamilekan of Lightmoon FC admitted that his opposition showed fighting spirit to get back in the game and he his resolute that his boys will come back stronger in the next game.
Coach Lekan of Lightmoon FC
” Our opponent showed fighting spirit after conceding first. We’ll come back solid for our next game on Wednesday. “