3rds travelled to Evere, to take on Green Devils, hoping to end our recent poor form but also having to use an unorthodox line up which included Matt Sims in goals (thank you once again.
3rds started very well and were camped in the Devils’ half for the majority of the first half. While we were able to build up and control the game, we lacked the final pass to create really clear opportunities. At one point, Daniel received the ball in the wide area of the penalty box, but his legs turned to stone and his shot was easily parried away. Towards the end of the first half we managed a few better opportunities but their goalkeeper made some very good saves to deny us.
In the second half we again started well but the obvious difference in quality made us increasingly impatient to get the opener. After going very close to scoring through both Shane and Max we eventually conceded a goal on a counter attack. Forced to throw even more bodies forward, we opened ourselves up to a second – again on a counter attack. Desperate to score we tried every trick in the book but it wasn’t to be.
Towards the final whistle the Devils put together another counter attack and managed to round Matt Sims for what seemed like an easy tap-in but they finally managed to show their true quality and fluffed the simple tap in to keep the final score 0-2 to them.
A difficult result to take but a positive performance from the team who worked hard for each other and will be rewarded for it in the final games this season.