Published on October 28, 2013 | by Ashley Weston0
UAL 3rd gain first point of the seasonUAL 3rd XI 3 – 3 Imperial College London Men’s 5th (Medics)
Arts Thirds registered their first point of the season as they shared the spoils with Imperial College 5ths at Quintin Hogg sports ground.
Goals from Michael Fink, Luqman Abdulrazak and Michael Carre were enough to earn Arts a hard fought point.
As in the previous week, Arts started the game slowly, with Imperial looking the much sharper team in the blustery conditions.
The warning signs were there, with an early Imperial corner leading to a volley going just over the bar. Arts were once again opened up, but Imperial were thwarted by last week’s hero for UAL, goalkeeper Jay McGilton.
McGilton was once again called into action after a ball over the top caught out the Arts defence, leaving the goalkeeper to keep the teams level.
However there was nothing McGilton could do about Imperial’s opener, when good work down the right allowed the ball to be cut back and slotted home from close range.
Arts struggled to find a grip on the game, looking most threatened from set pieces. Pato Chauvet met Frankie Hullett’s corner for Arts first real chance of the game.
Ivan Badev also tested the Imperial keeper from a set piece, a devilish free kick almost nestling in the top corner.
Arts pressure did however pay off when a Hullett corner was met by Carre, whose effort was parried back out for Fink to drive home.
Arts now looked to be on top with Chauvet once again having an effort saved from a corner, and Hullett going close with an audacious lob.
Imperial continued to test McGilton who had the answer to everything they threw at him.
Arts second goal came just before half time when a good interchange between Carre and Abdulrazak led to Abdulrazak squeezing the ball home at the near post.
Imperial were level half way through after the break after Berk Aral headed a ball just pass his own post, and from the resulting corner Imperial had a free header to level the game at 2-2.
Chances were few and far between and it took a bit of individual brilliance from Carre to give Arts a 3-2 lead. A superb curling effort from the edge of the box found the bottom right corner.
Hullett nearly imitated Carre’s effort, which could have given Arts the breathing space they needed. That wasn’t the case and Imperial leveled with 15 minutes to go. Another cut back from the right for an easy tap in.
Arts, however, had chances to win the game with Ryan Jackson’s effort cleared off the line and Fink also going close, but Imperials held out and Arts were forced to settle for a draw.