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JDF-48 Sinks Salt Spring-48, 5-1

JDF-48 Sinks Salt Spring-48, 5-1
October 14, 2018, 10:30am, Portlock Park

We arrived with a vanload of surly players to Portlock Park on Salt Spring Island last Sunday morning. Despite the help of Kim, Tom, and Graham from 55s, we had only twelve players against their 17 or 18. Nevertheless, we entered into the game with high spirits that were only lifted by the unseasonably gorgeous day of sunshine and a dry grass field, cow pasture though it was. We essentially controlled the whole game easily. Joel scored his first with a hard shot from just inside the 18 that bobbled off the goalie's arms and in. A few minutes later he scored a second off a nice cross from Paulo. The main excitement of the game was offered by the over-eager referee, who sent off Dave O for 10 minutes after he knocked down a player on an attempted shot. Upon complaining (only mildly!), Dave got a yellow to boot. Minutes later, the ref, with adrenaline still pumping, called a penalty against us -- didn't look like a foul AND it was clearly out of the area. 2-1. This got us angry, and the well-oiled machinery which is our 48s kicked into high gear. Of course we missed 5 or 10 attempts that could easily have been goals, but then Mirek put one away to bring us to 3-1. It was followed a few minutes later by our nicest shot of the game which came on a cross that rolled all the way across the top of the 18 to Rob who was waiting in the wings of the right midfield and bore down on the ball with his head down, head down, head down, cracking one low and hard into the net. It deflected off a player slightly, but would have gone in either way. 4-1. Our last goal came from Paulo who finally converted on an unlikely attempt that he toe-poked last minute and watched it skip by the goalie to the far right post. 5-1 final, and great play by all, plus a fun trip to Salt Spring!

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