Windrush unlucky in 7 goal thriller
Seven goals, some great football & a host of missed chances was the story from Victoria Park as Windrush came up just short against Houghton Rangers.
Carib started slowly & had to rely on another outstanding performance from goalie Malachi Hope to keep the score respectable early on as he pulled off 4 great saves within the first 15 minutes to keep the scores level. Carib eventually settled and created a few chances with Abs Mangara & Josh Readdie both coming close after good footwork & throughballs from Leo Hogoc.
Houghton took the lead after a breakaway from midfield & a good pass had their striker 1 on 1 with Hope, who made the initial save but could do nothing about the rebound. Almost immediately, Carib equalised through Readdie after a low ball into the box saw him control & finish low into the corner.
Another host of chances could’ve saw this match as a cricket score by half-time but some inspired goalkeeping & rushed finishing kept the scores level at 1-1 until just before half-time when Houghton took the lead.
Windrush were still well in this match as the half-time whistle blew.
Carib Windrush 1 – 2 Houghton Rangers
Carib made 2 changes during the break so took a little time to settle again, with Carib soaking up pressure & looking for to catch Houghton on the break. As Windrush settled they started to press from the front & play some very good football; making it difficult for Houghton to pass out from the back.
More changes fell to Carib but again, some rushed finishing had Carib still looking for the equaliser but the more they pressed the more Houghton could hit on the break. They seized the opportunity twice in 5 mins to make the score 1-4 but surprisingly, Windrush were still well in the match; creating chances, passing well & looking the more likely to score. More quality goalkeeping from Hope, tipping onto the bar when a goal seemed certain.
Windrush got their reward when Readdie picked the ball up in midfield, dribbled through two players, had the strength to shrug off the defender pulling him back and the composure to slot into the bottom corner. Another quickly followed & a landmark first hat-trick for Readdie, another composed finish to take his 6th goal in the last 4 games and make the score 3-4.
With the bit between their teeth & 5mins left, Windrush pushed for everything & almost got a deserved equaliser but Hogoc was unlucky to hit the post & the rebound was fired over the bar.
An even, well battled match & Windrush looked every bit as good as their opponents despite there being two divisions between them…things are looking good for the start of the league season.
Carib Windrush 3 – 4 Houghton Rangers
Goal of the Day – Josh Readdie
Man of the Match – Josh Readdie