Who doesn’t like a local derby? Especially when it’s two teams from FFA2?
Both teams came out firing, playing fast football from end to end with lots of good, quality passes from both sides. Both teams were playing close-quarter football with lots of niggles and small fouls.
After only 24 minutes Spirit broke through and scored the first goal. They followed it up with a second goal only a few minutes later, against the run of play.
The Tigers were clearly getting frustrated, then their striker got a yellow card for dissent against another player and a second card 30 seconds later for dissent to the ref, getting him sent off.
2:0 down and one man down. The rest of the evening was going to be tough for The Tigers.
A dubious lack of call for a foul on a Tigers player gave Spirit the chance to break through and make it 3:0 and sent the Tigers manager in to a tirade from the sideline.
Spirit were spreading the ball wide and commanding possession.
The Tigers looked pleased when the whistle blew for half-time. It would give the a chance to catch their breath and maybe regroup a little.
The second half saw a level-headed Tigers manage to keep Spirit contained for the first 23 minutes, but then a Tigers player brought down the Spirit striker in the goal area, earning another red card and another goal to Spirit.
4:0 and only nine men, is not good odds. Spirit were now in complete control of the match and turning the screws even tighter.
The last ten minutes of the match saw some sanity return and Tigers managed to keep Spirit under control.
But the damage had already been done.
4:0 to Spirit FC at the final whistle.
Goal scorers: Henry Wells, Gosue Sama, Daniel Cunningham and Aaron Kidd.
The win puts Spirit FC to the top of the table while Tigers slip from first to third place.