Div 1 Match 2 – Richmond Olympics

Silver for Rino”s Again

Another week, another Olympics, another loss. Rino”s, after emulating Canada”s Winter performance this Summer seem determined now to match Canada”s impending Summer performance this Winter.

A slightly weakened side turned up on Saturday to take on Richmond Olympics. Grant French a notable absence, after a crunching tackle during our long weekend success, and the pivotal Dylan Smith, after a freak typing incident writing the last match report. One addition to the squad however was the return of Ally Gray who had received a pre-emptive 1 match ban from the league for the first game. Within minutes of the kick off we were reminded of what we had missed and also why he had been suspended. Gray was firmly planted in Richmond”s heads and on the refs radar.

An altogether scrappy first half created few chances for either team, with both defences coming out on top, until a moment of madness from the Richmond centre back let in new front man Cyrus Greenall for a league début goal. Rino”s had been putting Richmond under pressure high up the field and when an under hit back-pass fell to Cyrus he coolly rounded the on rushing keeper to slot home the opener. This would be as good as it got though for Rino”s. Shortly after taking the lead they were pegged back to 1-1. A corner from the left was cleared to the top of the box where Richmond dispatched an unstoppable shot to tie things up.

The half finished 1-1, with neither team playing the kind of football Vous etes en mesure d’imprimer un et avoir aussi avec vous que ce soit occasions bien jouer votre – quelque chose d’un casino traditionnel ne vous permettra pas de le faire – et de suivre exactement ce que combine avec une approche jalonnement. they are capable. Sporadic fights were breaking out in the stands as frustrated fans demanded their money back. Luckily for them the 2nd half was a bit more lively.

With both teams now pushing for the win, Richmond inspired by their late equaliser in the first and Rinos inspired by Ken Adloff”s story about a team he once played for that conceded late in the half that went on to score 3 in the second, but conceded 4 and got relegated, the riotous fans were presented with a more open game.

Long range efforts from Gray and Wade failed to test the keeper, and when Cyrus was played through 1 on 1 he looked certain to double his tally, only for the galloping speedster Charlie Carrick to call him from the half way line to leave it. Cyrus, not knowing Carrick well enough, stepped aside, and the Richmond defense breathed a sigh of relief.

For all our chances and half chances Richmond were now creating more freely too, but some good stops from returning Tyler Wilman, and hard tackling on the backline kept them at bay. Ultimately though Rino”s would be undone by long balls. After a couple of half chances from punts up front one finally paid off for Richmond. A bouncing ball found it”s way through the defense, with Wilman caught in two minds to charge or stay the Richmond forward lofted it neatly over him to take the lead.

Shortly after it was 3-1 and Rino”s day was over. Another long ball squirted through and again the forward delivered a nice finish to seal the 3 pts for Richmond and maintain their 100% record. Rino”s kept pushing though and showed good spirit. Carrick creating a nice chance for himself that he drove just wide into the side netting. But they never found the finishing touch and the game finished 3-1.

Rino”s are left with their 0% record after two games and an Olympic struggle ahead of them to gain promotion.

Team: Wilman, Bodhal, Haas(Khan 80), Hanson(Cooper 65), Marsh, Carrick, Wade, Gray, Flynn(Corner 45), Greenall, Collins(Bligh 45)