Published on October 23, 2012 | by alnsportsed2
Late equaliser denies Arts
A controversial last minute goal denied Arts 1sts a perfect start to the season, as they were held to a 2-2 draw at home to Essex 4ths.
Jacob Read conceded a free kick on the edge of the area despite winning the ball and Essex striker Terry Appiasei’s curling shot found the net via a deflection off Daniel Olajide.
Elliot Richards scored twice for Arts who will be disappointed to come away with only a point in the season opener.
Arts took the lead when Richards dangerous deep left footed free kick found the net, leaving questions of whether the skipper meant to cross the ball or go for goal.
Essex replied well and got their equalizer when a fine through ball played in Terry Appiasei whose shot eventually bundled into the net for his first goal of the game.
Richards restored the home side’s lead when he attempted a very ambitious floating shot from around 35 yards which slipped out of the hands of the Essex goalkeeper’s hands in the wet conditions and bounced over the line.
Both teams had chances in a tightly contested match. But with Essex behind, they piled on the pressure in search of the equalizer, continuously stinging the hands of UAL goalkeeper Umar Islam.
Johnny Rajaloo was close to making it 2-2 when he was through on goal, only for Umar Islam to produce a brilliant one handed save.
Soon after Peter Adebayo came even closer following a clearance from a corner, smashing the ball off the post from around 25 yards, which left UAL hanging on by a thread.
The constant pressure soon paid off for the away side as Jacob Read was penalized controversially in the final moment of the game. Despite protests from the home side, Terry Appiasei took his opportunity with a free kick from just outside the box to grab his second goal of the game and help rescue a point for the visitors.
Despite the late heartbreaking equalizer, captain Elliot Richards was still upbeat ahead of the new season, saying: “Considering the team we’ve got, we’ve got a few youngsters, got a few more to come back [from injury], I think we got a good chance. It’s only the first game of the season so give us a few more games in the season and we’ll have a better review”
“Some of us were still a bit unfit being the first game of the season, but other than that I think we were in top form”
Asked whether Richards intentionally meant his second goal he said: “I went for the back post, and then it just happened to fly in.”