Sunday, May 2, 2010

Flames Keep Unbeaten Streak Alive on the Road with 1-1 Tie Versus Dublin United Force

The Flames on Sunday improved their performance against an old foe and remained unbeaten in the 2010 spring season with a 1-1 tie at Darree Fields versus Dublin United Force.

Every sentient being in the Flames universe entered the match fully aware that it was this same talented Dublin squad who drove a dagger in the hearts of the Flame Faithful last fall knocking the Red Men of Grandview out of the fall tourney.

This match started much better for the Flames as they dominated the early going, holding the ball well and keeping the Dubliners on their heels.

Ben K.  scored in minute 2 on an awkward combination with Dylan in the box. The early goal was his team-leading 5th of the season.* But after that the United tightened up, and while Flames created a half dozen more quality chances in the half, nothing came of them.

With less than a minute left in the first half, Dylan was fouled hard, and the referee ruled it just outside the box. There were murmurs from visiting fans for a PK. Wes took a brilliant free kick that nearly went in but went high.

The second half was a completely different story, as the Flames now headed up a slight grade and into a wind that appeared to pick up slightly.

High balls played out by the keeper Jake or the back defenders would bend back toward the Flames' side. Balls in from the United keeper would carry deep into Flames' territory.

Almost immediately the chances started coming for United, and the Flames dimmed.

In a strategic move, Manager Gerdes sent Ben D. down the right flank with orders to cross from the corner, and no less than four chances resulted, but all were without result.

Finally, Dublin United scored in the 33rd minute on a ball slotted through on the breakaway and a fine finish.

The 1-1 score would hold, as the Flames managed to stop several more quality chances and walk away with the draw.

Keeper Jake K's 1-goal allowed took him to a 1.88 goals against per game average on the season, as he has become a solid presence on the back line. In the last 3 games, he has allowed just 4 goals.
While it was the first game of spring 2010 that the Flames did not win, by preserving the tie, the Flames kept alive a combined indoor-outdoor unbeaten streak that, fittingly, began after the Flames' last loss, the fall outdoor tournament final versus Dublin United Force at Darree Fields.

There will be no rest as the Flames travel to Northside Church Field 1 Monday at 6 p.m. to face the WASA Eagles White.

*The 2010 goal scoring stats omit the results of one match, which was not recorded.

1 comment:

  1. The Florida grandparents of Ben Davey are grateful for the great commentary and the equally great distant grandparents it helps A LOT! Thank you. This team is lucky to have such dedicated coaching, talented players and enthusiastic supporters!!!