Lewis Brown's late strike ensures 10 man Gunners get point in 4-4 thriller

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FT: Garrison Gunners 4 – 4 Woolpack Wanderers

HT: Garrison Gunners 1 – 1 Woolpack Wanderers

Sunday, 3rd March 2019

Garrison Field, St Mary’s, Isles of Scilly

League Game 16

Lewis Brown's late strike earns 10 man Gunners a point

Anthony Gibbons opened the scoring with a sensational solo run

Goalkeeper Joel Ware Injured 20 mins in. The Gunners went down to 10 men due to no substitute.

Ethan Graham's direct corner made it all square at the break

6 goals in an incredible second half from, Louis Asten, Will Lethbridge (2), Lee Eaton and Lewis Brown (2)

Garrison Gunners

A Gibbons (10') L Brown (70' + 93') L Eaton (80')

Woolpack Wanderers

E Graham (35') Asten (60') W Lethbridge (65' + 75')

Match Report By Will Lethbridge.

Lewis Brown's late strike ensured the ten-man Garrison Gunners picked up a point in an incredible 4-4 draw on Sunday morning in the World's Smallest Football League.

Despite the heavy rain and strong gale force winds, an eventful end-to-end game of football unfolded on the Garrison Field.

With the Wanderers missing a handful of key players several players from the Gunners were loaned over the Wanderers for the match. Centre Midfielder Dan Ware and Centre back Liam Greenlaw were loaned to the Wanderers.

As the game kicked off the wind seemed to get stronger and the rain heavier. The Wanderers had the wind with them in the first half and it really did make a difference. Goal kicks from the Gunners weren't making the halfway line and the Wanderers were pressing high forcing the Gunners to go long.

Even though the conditions were not in the Gunners favour they did take the lead 10 minutes in. After a good passing moving on the floor, Anthony Gibbons picked up the ball just inside the Wanderers half. He drove forwards, took the ball past a couple of defenders and calmly cut the shot across himself and into the near corner. A sensational solo goal!

The Wanderers pressed from the kick off and put the Gunners under pressure. Will Lethbridge had a couple of chances that went wide and Dan Ware and Ethan Graham tried their luck from distance.

The ball was in the Gunners half for long periods of the half, partly down to the weather conditions. Set pieces would prove crucial once again and the corner count was adding up in favour of the Wanderers.

With the wind the way it was, the Wanderers were attempting to score directly from corners! One corner resulted in a goal-mouth scramble.

In the process Gunners' keeper, Joel Ware picked up a bad knock and was unable to continue. Gunners' regular keeper Will St Pier was playing outfield this week. He put on the gloves and jumped in between the sticks. There were no substitutes for either side and therefore the Gunners were forced to play with 10 men.

The Wanderers continued to press and would win another corner. The Wanderers were stacking players up on the line and at the near post and this time around they would pull level when Ethan Graham's corner looped into the back post to make it 1-1.

Even though the Wanderers had the majority of the possession and territory they could not take the lead in the first half and Gunners did well to get to the interval all square.

HT: Garrison Gunners 1 – 1 Woolpack Wanderers

The Gunners regrouped at the break but the Wanderers would make the man advantage count in the early stages of the second half. Gunner's keeper Will St Pier made some good saves to deny the Wanderers.

However, with 15 minutes played the Wanderers would take the lead for the first time in the match. A terrific ball was flashed across the face of the Gunners' goal by Keith Guy on the right. Louis Asten made the run and finished well at the back post to make it 2-1.

The Wanderers would extend their lead just minutes later. A ball was threaded through to Will Lethbridge who took a touch past Gunners' keeper Will St Pier before finishing at close range.

It was 3-1 and it looked like the Wanderers were going to win comfortably and pick up a rare win.

Another fantastic ball was put in again by Keith Guy to Will Lethbridge who connected well with his head only to be denied by an incredible acrobatic save from Will St Pier.

The weather improved and the game became stretched later on in the second half. With the Gunners two goals behind they started to throw more men forwards and would get their reward. Centre back Lewis Brown made a good run off the ball, received it before finishing firmly into the bottom corner.

It was 3-2 with 20 minutes to go and the drama wasn't over! Will Lethbridge would restore the Wanderers 2 goal advantage 5 minutes later. Will St Pier made a good save from distance but the forward was there to pick up the scraps and hammer home from close range.

There were 15 minutes to a go and the Wanderers were 2 goals ahead. You would have thought that would be it but the 10 man Gunners hadn't given up and their hard work would pay off. The Gunners' were surging forwards and even though they had the man advantage the Wanderers were struggling to soak up the pressure.

Lee Eaton who had played well throughout received the ball on edge of the Wanderer's area and slotted the ball into the bottom corner. The game was back within the Gunners' grasps with the game in the balance at 4-3.

The Wanderer's sat behind the ball, but in doing so invited more pressure on themselves and it would prove costly right at the death. Gunners' central defender Lewis Brown was playing as a centre forward and broke through the Wanderer's defence in extra time. He beat the offside trap and found himself one-on-one with the keeper and smashed the ball into the far right corner to make 4-4.

As soon as the Wanderers kicked off the whistle was blown for full time. What a game!

FT: Garrison Gunners 4 – 4 Woolpack Wanderers

Performances of note and other bits:

Thanks to all for turning up and to Paul, Crockett and Chas for officiating especially in the poor weather.

Some brilliant performances this week in very difficult conditions.

Centre back Lewis Brown put in a dogged performance at back and grabbed a brace including the late equaliser for the Gunners.

Will St Pier made some fine saves and kept the Gunners in the match at times. Lee Eaton played some great passes and grabbed the goal the all important third goal that started the Gunners' late comeback.

Striker Anthony Gibbons scored the opening goal and what a goal it was. Youngster Owen Littlejohn, Jack Handy and Corey Graham did the simple things well.

As far as the Wanderers go. Dan Ware and Liam Greenlaw controlled the game in the centre of the pitch, defended well and created chance after chance for the attackers.

Ethan Graham made life difficult for the Gunners' defence and showed great technique to score from a corner (albeit with some help from the wind). Louis Asten worked hard out on the wing and made a great run to get into position for the Wanderers second goal of the game. Brothers Sam James and Tom James put in brilliant performances in multiple positions (including goal).

Man of the Match:

This week's Man of the Match Award goes to Wanderers winger Keith Guy. A great performance on the right, a couple of assists and the youngster was involved in a lot of the Wanderers attacking play.

Coming up next:

17th League game of the season.
10:30 KO – Sunday, 10th March Garrison Field, St Mary’s, Isles of Scilly.