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Unbeaten Manics Run Ends As Dogs Run Riot
There was a lot
to be done this weekend as the clash with rivals got underway
in the 2004-2005 season, and Dog were out for revenge after losing
the title last season in the Manics final league match to make
them 2003-2004 league champions.
Judge, Wilson, Dennaford, Fairs
Both teams went off to a great start; Dog would be first to score
- none other than Paul Milner, ex-manic who celebrated scoring
against his former club. The fans couldn't believe seeing their
former striker hit the shot, and could only watch as the ball
ricochet off the post into the goal. It was 1-0 Dog & Duck,
and Manics knew this wasn't going to be as easy as it had in
Manics put the pressure back on, a few good chances were stopped
by Dog's persistent back line.
Dog would be the first to make a substitution, poor Scott Smith
after shaking an injury took a knock and would have to be replaced.
Manics would like to wish Scott Smith good luck with his injury
for this season.
Jon Austin made it 2-0 for the Dog & Duck, and it was looking
bad for the Manics. Luckily though, Manics got back into the
game quickly to make it 2-1 when Mark Robertson did well to cross
the ball to Jones to tap-in in front of goal.
In the second
half, Manics seemed under pressure when a free kick was awarded
outside the box. Well-struck Robinson had no chance and now the
Manics were 3-1 down...
But Manics soaked up the pressure and were able to turn it around
on the Dog to make it 3-2 when a Joel Curran corner was headed
home by Mark Robertson.
Manics made a selection of subs, Barry O'Connell would replace
Gareth Jones upfront, with a shuffle in midfield; James Blackman
and Tony Hemley would leave to be replaced with Elliott Fairs
and Brian Judge.
Dog fought back, and Milner missed a great one-on-one with Robinson
that would have surely ended the game, but Milner hit over the
bar, to Manics relief.
The day went from bad to worse for Manics as Mark Gates got himself
in all kinds of trouble, although a fair challenge, winning the
ball, Gates was pulled up for a yellow card - the referee considered
it dangerous, and for the chit chat with another Dog & Duck
player. Gates couldn't let it rest and minutes later was awarded
his second and marching orders from the referee for further verbal.
Minutes remained on the clock, and there was little that could
be done, Manics were pinned back, and couldn't stop the final
goal from Dog & Duck to make the final score 4-2.
to the fans who came to watch the game!
The Manics Man of the Match went to Mark Robertson.
Manics 2 Dog & Duck 4
for Bracknell Manics FC