Old Bridge 2 Peake Villa 2
(Match abandoned after 55 minutes)
Unfortunately the most significant event in this game was the one which led to it being abandoned, but up to that it was a lively affair with a huge amount of good football played by both teams.
It began with a flurry of chances created by the home team as they poured forward in pursuit of their first points of the season. And they were rewarded on ten minutes when Noel Walsh struck home to give them a well-deserved lead. Things got even better within five minutes when a beautifully struck Noel O’Brien free kick beat the Villa keeper all ends up to make it 2-0.
Rampant now, Bridge tried to kill the game off, and but for some great defending by the visitors, this game could have been done and dusted by the break.
Peake Villa however, are one of the strongest teams in the TS&DL, and showed why less than five minutes before the break, when after soaking up the huge pressure from the home team, they hit them with a crushing counterpunch as Noel Kent pulled a goal back from nowhere.
They had a spring in their step coming out after the tea, and within six minutes had achieved parity through a well taken goal by Joey Madden. The tide of the game had completely turned now, with Villa making all the running, before an inexplicable injury stopped the game.
With no one near him, the Old Bridge keeper Cianán O’Sullivan fell to the ground in obvious pain and after closer inspection he was diagnosed as having a dislocated knee. The game was immediately stopped to ensure the player’s safety and was finally abandoned after a long delay.
A decision on what will happen regarding the tie will be made at a future date.