It was a stunning winter’s day in Western Australia today as Forrestfield traveled down to Fremantle to take on high-flying Fremantle City in the state league division one. In the reverse fixture at Hartfield Park earlier this season the teams shared a highly entertaining and action packed 4-4 could we be in for another cracker today?
Before we get to the first team as always, we have the under 18s to open proceedings on the day. The referee did his best to spoil the match giving each team a needless red card only 7 minutes into the match, however this ultimately worked in our favour as on a very big pitch we found a lot of space in the first half and went in at the break 3-0 to the good, playing some wonderful football along the way. Max Roninson with 2 and Leon Rehl with the other. The second half wasn’t the best but Numan Sayyed was able to convert from a tight angle and make it 4-0 and take all three points home.
Next was the reserves. We probably had the worst start imaginable. 2-0 down inside ten minutes. I suppose the only good thing about being 2-0 down after ten minutes is that you have 80 minutes to put it right! It thankfully didn’t take that long. We were back on level terms by half time., the second of our goals a stunning 30-yard free kick from Ishmael Greywood. Much like the 18s match the second half was a bit flat with no real chances falling for each team. The comeback was completed, however, on the 85th minute when that man Ishmael Greywood thundered home a 25-yard strike to grab all 3 points. The reserves now sit 2 points clear at the top of the ladder and play 2nd placed Gwelup in the next match!
And on to the main event. Much like the reserves, I’m not so sure the first team could’ve had a worse start. We found ourselves 1-0 down after 2 minutes thanks to a great free kick from the right that ‘Keeper Ben Parry really couldn’t do much about. The remainder of the first half was played on Forrie terms. We dominated possession and were really taking the game to Freo. We almost equalised when Luqman Sayyed beat two players on the right only to find his shot saved by the keeper and the follow-up couldn’t be converted by Mella Loding. We did however make it 1-1 when Jordan Hart was fouled in the box and Dan Corbett stepped up to slam the penalty home. Still in the ascendancy but defending a rare set piece a freo player decided to needlessly throw and elbow towards Stephen O’Leary and was in the opinion of most at the game show a straight red card. O’Leary then came very close to making it 2-1 on the stroke of half time but unfortunately couldn’t direct his header on target. The second half was, well quite frankly extraordinary. After 15-20 minutes of probing we finally made it 2-1 when Jordan Hart Cut in from the left and lashed a near post effort past the Freo keeper. Freo hadn’t caused us any serious problems until their “star” striker decided to get the ball in the box, fall over and con the referee in quite frankly one of the worst decisions I’ve ever seen. O’Leary received a second yellow card for the “foul” and the striker manager to bravely step up and make it 2-2. With 5 minutes to go some good work on the left by Freo, who were now in the ascendancy, caused their winger to get around the wrong side of Nick who could only take him down and it was another penalty to Freo. Again, the referee opted to show a second yellow card, this time to Nick Tatasciore. In fairness it probably was a penalty but a very very soft second yellow. Anyway, again the Freo Striker stepped up and made it 3-2. Down to 9 men, forrie rallied and were pushing for the equailiser, in a game that we certainly didn’t deserve to lose. In a game that was constantly marred by awful decisions, Forrie were awarded a penalty when a cross came into the box late in the game and to be perfectly honest, I’ve no idea what happened, however Dan Corbett Confidently stepped up and made it 3-3. Given our first half performance I’d say it was 2 points dropped however being a goal and a man down with 5 minutes to play we ended up happy to leave with a point.
We’ve now played Freo twice this season which has resulted in a total of 14 goal, 8 penalties and 4 red cards. Remarkable Statistics!
We now have a bye-week for the FFA cup final before Gwelup head to Hartfield Park on the 27th of July.