2nd team playoff game – 1st May 2005
Medics 2 vs. Invisible Hand Job (aka Bunch of Muppets with no socks or shinpads)
Both teams in this game were pretty evenly matched for the most part. Medics should have been 1–0 up early in the first half but the ref had blown up for a free kick before the ball had been put into the back of the net. Paulo as always was solid at the back throughout the game…even when faced with an opponent who was complaining about him invading his personal space. Sam was solid in goal, only really having to collect crosses which he did easily.
The medics goal came early in the 2nd half…an attempted shot hitting one of the defenders on the hand and the ref gave a penalty. Dimitri stepped up and blasted the ball down the middle…which the goalie, Frodo, Hobbit, Gandalf or whatever else they called him (I prefered scruffy b****d) saved with his foot. However, Dims was alert and poked in the rebound. The medics had a chance to increase their lead when Skinny headed a cross from the left by Ross that looked to be going in, only for old Bilbo to pull out a Gordan Banks-esque save. The little hairy footed b*gg*r was easily keeping their team in the game. With time running out, the medics defence was split by a through ball, and although Sam got something on it, he couldnt stop the ball, and it rolled in.
So to extra time. With both teams not wanting to give too much away extra time was a quiet affair..although Thurlow could have spectacularly won the game, blasting a Rooney/Gerrard like shot inches over the bar.
So to penalties….and the curse of the Germans hits again. Javi calmly side footed the first pen, sending the keeper the wrong way. They scored theirs. Bode stepped up and blasted the ball, only for evil lord Sauron in goal to save it. They scored theirs. Mark stepped up….and sweetly struck his pen into the corner..only for it to hit the post and run agonisingly along the line and out. They scored theirs. Skinny stepped up, needing to score his pen to keep us in the game…and struck it high over the cross bar. Chris Waddle would have loved it. As would Jonny Wilkinson. Game over…3–1 on pens.
My man of the match? For fear of being accused of playing the same record…Ben Thurlow was quality throughout.
I dont think we deserved to lose the game really..but I guess when it comes to penalties..it's a lottery.