London APSA Vs United London match report
ULFC were due to play Lopes Taverez London on the 28th October but fixture changes instead saw us take on London APSA at Flanders Playing Field in East London.
London APSA are a new team in the Essex Alliance Premier division, but were formed in 1993 and have competed in the Essex Senior League (2003-2004). In 2014 the club was renamed Newham Football Club. At the end of the 2015/2016 season the club resigned from the Essex Senior League after finishing bottom of the table, dropping into the Essex Olympian League. The club also reverted to being named London APSA.
As the game kicked off it was London APSA who looked the better side as they controlled the middle and dominated the play but without finding a way through a resolute United London defence. Strong tackles were being made to win the ball and things turned sour in the 20th minute when a challenge resulted in some handbags and two players squaring off. It was nothing more than you find in any fiercely contested football match but London APSA’s number two weighed in with a blatant red card offence, punching Ali Abdallah in the side of the head before running off the field. This action sparked ugly scenes and it looked as though the game was going to be abandoned. Luckily the coaches to gather the players and calm them down after a short cooling off period. With London APSA down to ten men, the referee then branded a yellow card for Ali for the initial tackle. This followed with a shout of, “Fuck off ref” from our opponents which also earned their player a yellow card.
With tensions now running high we continued with the match. With London APSA now having to sit a bit deeper the first half resulted in both sides playing some poor football with few clear-cut chances. Half time: 0-0
A change of personnel was needed as Peanut made way for Mahad Mohamed to make his debut and hopefully take control of the middle of the pitch. It seemed to work as ULFC pushed forward and cut out several half chances. A good move resulted in Joel Griffiths pushing up from right back and into the box where his heels were clipped as he was about to shoot. Penalty!
Harry Chalk stepped up to put the Londoners 1-0 up, but his shot wasn’t quite crisp enough as their young goalkeeper managed to make the save and the danger was cleared.
However, the extra man difference was now really starting to show with Billy Texeria in the six yard box with only the keeper to beat but somehow the shot went over the bar.
Luckily his blushes were spared with Harry chipping the ball into the box for Billy to head home to make it 1-0!
Five minutes later he played a cross field ball to Billy which he managed to control on his chest, turn and fire low across the keeper and into the bottom left hand corner, 2-0!
The best was yet to come as London APSA tried to play their way out of defence before Harry picked off a pass from 35 yards, turned and fired a powerful shot which flew into the roof of the net. The keeper did manage to get finger tips too it and perhaps he should have saved it, but it may have caught him by surprise. Not as much as H’s goal celebration though.
That was the final action and the game finished and to be fair to all players, handshakes were exchanged as everyone left the pitch.
United London cement second place spot which still leaves London APSA winless after 5 Premier Division games. On the strength of their first half, APSA’s league position doesn’t seem deserved as the team have some quality players, especially their number 4 who got stuck in and was pulling the strings in midfield for them all game.
Next up we play Press Association FC in the London Junior Cup!