Ship share the points with FC Barry
8:40am Thursday 6th September 2012 in Sport
SHIP INN 1 FC BARRY 1
AFTER their midweek horror show, Ship Inn needed a solid performance on home territory.
With players back from bans, but a few still missing to holidays and work, the team that faced FC Barry was still a strong one.
Ship started well, on a far from perfect surface in need of cutting, knocking the ball around nicely.
When required they used the ball over the top to test the FC Barry defence, and this tactic brought lots of chances. Gwyn Good, having just transferred back to the team, had enough opportunities in the first half to grab himself a hattrick, but chances were missed, and the others created came to nothing It should be said that the FC Barry keeper played a superb game for the full 90 minutes, making some excellent saves.
Into the second half and Ship knew that with the wind against them, they could be subject to a similar tactic, but kept the high defensive line that was working so well and continued to play along the floor, creating plenty of chances, and eventually the goal came. A ball pushed through by Alex allowed Gwyn to round the keeper and from an acute angle he fired home for the lead.
FC Barry kept playing football, and through one of their chances gained the equaliser. After beating the offside trap the ball was lobbed over Mick and it was all square and set up an interesting last 15 minutes.
By this time the Ship's superior fitness was telling and they continued to carve out chances, and then after a foul on Alex in the box a penalty was awarded. Karl pushed it to the keeper's left, but the keeper made a good save and the scores stayed level. More drama in the last five minutes when Neck's perfect header over the keeper after a great ball from the right was ruled out for offisde - it looked tight, but no goal.
Time ran out and a draw was a good result for FC Barry, while the Ship will be regretting a hatful of missed chances.
Thanks to the referee who controlled the game excellently, allowing both sides to enjoy a competitive game.