Kissing Point vs Northbridge at Auluba

Ten man Northbridge holds Kissing Point to a draw

A classic game of Premier League football between Northbridge and Kissing Point. A ten-man Northbridge managed to hold Kissing Point to a three-all draw.

Kissing Point came into this match backed up by a six-match winning streak. They are top of the table riding high.

Northbridge are a young side and that means they are a bit raw and inexperienced, but they are confident and fit which showed deep into the second half.

The kick off came after a minute of silence to show respect for Charles Tiedt who sadly passed away last week, refereeing a football match at Asquith.

It only took 5 minutes before Tom Morrissey rattled the side netting for Kissing Point.

Northbridge’s Nicholas Conroy returned the favour 5 minutes later but his shot went low and left.

Kissing Point got on to the scoresheet first when Peter Blakely scored the first goal off a play from Morrissey beating the goalie, leaving a simple tap-in to finish.

20160528 - KPNB1Thirty minutes in, Kissing Point were to score a certain goal from a corner but Aron Hagberg had a brain snap and slapped the ball away with his hand in the goal mouth. That earned Hagberg a red card and Kissing Point a penalty. Sending the keeper right they pushed the ball left, the score was 2:0 and Northbridge only had ten men for the rest of the game against the league leaders.

Kissing Point then played a passage that looked more like a cat toying with a mouse. Moving the ball confidently and easily, but they could not break the Northbridge defence.

Surprisingly, Northbridge stepped up their game, pushing forward, David Chambers beat the Kissing Point defence and pushed the ball to the right of the keeper and into the net much to the frustration of the Kissing Point goalie.

Half time. 2:1

Almost immediately, Kissing Point gave away a careless free-kick which was floated into the goalmouth by Northbridge. Kissing Point cleared it easily but straight back to the feet of Nathan Harris who made no mistake and fired it back into the goal. Two goals apiece and Kissing Point were clearly rattled.

20160528 - KPNB4But then came a classic Kissing Point goal. Brought down the left wing by Sam Dawson (what is it with those fluoro orange boots?) Dawson made a superb, late cross to Blakely who slammed it into the back of the net.

Northbridge quickly responded with a goal that took everyone by surprise (including Northbridge). They had been under pressure for an age, with Kissing Point laying siege on the Northbridge goal. The ball strayed out, fell to the feet of Harris just over the halfway line. He turned, he shot, he scored!

Great game to watch, swinging from one side to the other ending in a well-won draw.

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