Barnstonworth Rovers Reserves 2 C.D. Iberia 3
A disappointing start to the season saw the Reserves drop the points to Iberia 3-2. It was a match the Reserves should have easily won based on chances created, with a 7-3 result more reflective of the play. But in league football, you don’t get any point for wasting chances.
Starting with several new faces in a younger line-up the Rovers dominated possession and should have taken the lead when Lowe finished wide from a Baskin feed. Lowe had a chance to atone minutes later but alone in the box, this time, he was foiled by the keeper. Randi had a header rejected by the far post and Baskin stumbled from the penalty spot. Milo had two chances inside the box with neither hitting the net.
Iberia took the lead with virtually their first threat on goal. A nice through ball caught the Rover defense flat asking for the off-side decision. The Iberia forward collected and beat Zawada. Reserves 0-1.
The official’s fine first half was wasted early in the second. A rush of weird decisions unnerved the players, and then he awarded a penalty for a dive that even had the Iberia players laughing. Reserves 0-2.
Feeling his mistake, he quickly awarded the Rovers a penalty for a questionable handball Baskin buried it. Reserves 1-2.
With more that 30 mins to play the Rovers were confident they had the talent and time to turn the match. But with their first foray into the Rovers area after the restart a Iberia forward walked thought 3 Rovers challenges into the penalty area and finished. Reserves 1-3.
The Rovers pressed and Austin reduced the deficit back to one in the 75th min with a powerful header in the far post of a corner. Reserves 2-3.
Yuri should have tied it when he was put through from a free kick, got to the header before the exiting keeper, only to see it slice wide. Austin should have tied it when he fumbled in front of the keeper 2 meters out after a rebound from a Lowe effort. Stash should have tied it when a through ball put his streaking into the box with only the keeper to beat, but his finish strayed before Yuri had the final chance to do so only to be caught leaning the other way in the critical moment.
The Reserves remained with the “shoulds,” and Iberia with the points.
Team: Mike Zawada, Randi Lee, Vilhelm Klareskov, Brian Schmid, Bobby Hanifin, Alex Carabano, Yuri Krym, Milo Krastev, Stash Rutkowski, Ron Baskin, Mat Lowe. Subs: (all played) Daniel Cardozo, Austin Harris, Hiro Takeuchi, Stavros Zomopoulos