After losing every match in (my) living memory (sorry guys, but seriously, it was painful!) Elite finally found some form earning themselves a well-fought draw against Phoenix Unathletic last week.
Elite got off to a flying start, opened the scoring after just one minute through Alex Gilfoyle, and Paul Brunton was unlucky not to make it two a few seconds later.
At the other end, Ginge, filling in for the injured Chris Podolchuk between the sticks, kept Phoenix at bay, and when Luke’s good control resulted in a chance, Dale Hart pounced to put the ball in the net after three minutes.
Hart then turned provider, teaming up with Brunton to create the opportunity for the latter to slot the ball home with a lovely finish.
Phoenix had no substitutes but they certainly had fighting spirit, and just six minutes in began to redress the balance, finding Elite’s net despite Ginge’s efforts.
Good saves from Ginge denied Phoenix a second, and Dave Madeley was unlucky not to score at the opposite end.
Handling in the area cost Elite a penalty, which was duly dispatched by a Phoenix forward on 11 minutes.
Ginge pulled off a great high save, but couldn’t stop Phoenix grabbing their third on 16 minutes to take the two sides level. Another flying save from Ginge stopped Phoenix taking the lead but Shakes wasted an opportunity to put Elite in front before an ambitious back-heel from Hart proved fruitless.
Half-Time: Elite FC 3 Phoenix Unathletic FC 3
It was Phoenix who came out of the traps first, scoring twice in quick succession before hitting the post and narrowly missing out on their sixth.
Elite regrouped and Hart’s patented back-heel trick finally came off flicking the ball into the net with a flourish.
The goal galvanised Elite, and Madeley finally saw a reward for all his hard work when he chipped the Phoenix keeper on 28 minutes.
A classy goal from Shakes followed soon after to draw Elite level, but Phoenix made it seven on 31 minutes.
A nice bit of link-up play between Shakes and Hart caused Elite to draw level once again on 32 minutes before Shakes and Phoenix bagged another goal a piece, making the score 8-8 at full time.
Full-Time: Elite FC 8 Phoenix Unathletic FC 8
Man of the Match: Dave Madeley was unlucky not to score more, Paul Brunton made some great contributions and Ginge put in a good shift but Dale Hart takes the honours with an impressive performance and some good goals.