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Oadby Owls Eagles 0 AFC Andrews 0 (Oadby lost 0-2 on penalties) - 15th September 2013 (League Cup)

On a windswept pitch the lads of Oadby Owls took a break from the league to challenge for one of this season’s cups.  With the squad still reduced from injuries and the calls of table tennis coaching, the Owls took to the pitch against a motivated and well organised St Andrews team.  The game started very to and fro, with the wind making it difficult to get control and for Oadby to play their preferred passing game.  An early AFC Andrews attack was disrupted by the trusty left boot of Milad.  In the seventh minute Alfie’s shot forced a first save from the opposition keeper and Bertie followed with a testing shot.  On the 15th minute Oadby conceded a corner and struggled to get the ball clear, with Tom Farrow bravely blocking a shot with his body to finally release the pressure.  Shortly after Bertie, who playing alone up front looked the loneliest man on the pitch, broke away and again tested the opposition keeper.  Andrew made a tactical substitution, bringing on Douglas for Louis, with Douglas forcing a corner shortly afterwards.  In the period before half time the initiative swung to AFC Andrews, with their number 8 making a nuisance of himself and the Tom Pollard marshalled defence having to be on top of their game to keep him subdued, leading to a score of  nil-nil at half time. 

 

The second half brought an increased wind speed and the coming of driving rain.  Football wise there was more of the same, with neither side giving any quarter.  Kishan came on up front and took on the role of tireless runner.  Noah’s gritty tackling brought some good possession to Oadby but George in goal had to be alert and he snuffed out a St Andrews chance when their number was one on one and through.  Towards the end of the half, Max Cooper made a surging run from left back and looked like he may have had the key to unlock the game but AFC Andrews but their defence scrambled to keep him out.  A late Oadby shot from Bertie was tipped onto the bar by the very busy AFC Andrews keeper. 

 

With this being a cup game, the nil-nil score line at full time meant extra time and the referee blew for five minutes each way.  The match remained close and, with the further ten minutes not bringing the goal that would have broken the deadlock, a penalty shoot out ensued.  This started brightly, with the first AFC Andrews penalty being saved but the Oadby penalties, with the techniques of blasting and placing being employed, failed to go in the back of the net which led to AFC Andrews taking an unassailable 2-0 score after four penalties and thereby winning the tie.  Oadby had a lot to be proud of in the way that they played, with unflagging running in very extreme conditions and can take a lot of comfort from this match.   

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Loughborough Dynamo 2005 3 Oadby Owls Eagles 3 - 29th September 2013 (League)

On a glorious late September afternoon, Oadby Owls set off to Loughborough to do battle with the train modelling fraternity for a parking space at Charnwood College.  Welcoming Jake back after injury to a near full squad the Owls took kicked off up the slope and with the wind against Loughborough Dynamo 2005, a team that spent last year in the first division.The game started at a heady pace, with constructive work from Loughborough on their right flank being broken up by Jack at left back.  Oadby found that their long clearances would travel well on the wind and then slow down up the slope.  As a result of Andrew’s touchline coaching the Oadby front runners of Alfie and Deejay chased down these balls and it was from one of these efforts that Oadby’s first goal arose, as determined running from Alfie allowed him to tee Max Cooper up for a shot.  The boy Cooper’s well placed shot remained low and fooled the Loughborough keeper, going into the bottom comer.  With this impetus Oadby started to boss the game, and Noah, incentivised by the pound a goal deal recently agreed with his dad, hit a firm pass/cross/shot from 35 yards out which dropped neatly into the Loughborough goal.  This led to a 2-0 advantage for Oadby at the turnaround.

 

The second half brought Oadby the slope but the disadvantage of playing into the wind. Loughborough came out emboldened and forced a corner on the Oadby left back side.  The ball floated in on the wind and a Loughborough head got to it first, sticking the ball into the top of the net.  Loughborough were now back in at 2-1 and they shortly afterwards levelled matters, with strong running pulling the Oadby defence out of shape leading to a shot that was too hot for George to handle.  To their credit Oadby did not panic, and Andrew sent on Kishan, Louis and Douglas for Alfie, Bertie and Noah to continue the tireless running.  As the game progressed, Douglas managed to get the better of the Loughborough defence who could only stop his run by pulling on his shirt.  The referee called a free kick just outside the box and Tom Farrow replicated Wayne Rooney’s recent free kick against Man City, by floating the ball into the bottom corner. As Oadby celebrated, the referee signalled 3 minutes remaining and it looked like Oadby may have done enough to nail their first win of the season. There was to be a sting in the tail however, as Loughborough forced a later corner and pushed everyone apart from their keeper into the box. The ball fell to a Loughborough player who managed to loop the ball over George in goal to bring a final result of 3-3. 

 

Whilst to be in the lead on two occasions but to ultimately end up with a draw feels disappointing, Oadby again could take pride in their performance against a team who had won two of their first three games.  Onwards and Upwards!

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Goals Scorers: Max, Noah, Tom Farrow

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