English ex­pats over­come Scots

Bangkok Post - - SPORTS - ROGER CRUTCHLEY

>> The much an­tic­i­pated Alex Forbes Memo­rial An­glo Scot­tish Cup last Saturday saw Eng­land tri­umph 6-3 in an en­ter­tain­ing en­counter at Bangkok Patana School.

This an­nual foot­ball match played be­tween Bangkok ex­pats, was closer than the score­line might sug­gest with Eng­land re­quir­ing a pow­er­ful sec­ond­half per­for­mance to see them through.

The game com­menced at a fre­netic pace, typ­i­cal of two Bri­tish teams fight­ing for brag­ging rights and des­per­ate for a win.

Af­ter three years of hurt, the Scots had never stopped dream­ing and made all the early run­ning as Eng­land strug­gled to adapt to a new for­ma­tion.

Danai Downer opened the scor­ing for Scot­land, ri­fling the ball home fol­low­ing a spec­tac­u­lar save by Ar­jun Ba­pat.

A thun­der­ous 40-yard screamer from Adam Reid lev­elled the score. How­ever, Scot­land were not to be un­done and scored two goals in quick suc­ces­sion to take a de­served two-goal lead cour­tesy of Niall Ger­aghty and Bren­dan Casy.

Eng­land were not cre­ative enough and looked like they were going to throw it away, but Reid soon headed home a typ­i­cal English striker’s goal which was fol­lowed up by a Tommy Al­mond tap-in to make it 3-3 at half-time.

The sec­ond half be­gan with Eng­land on the front foot and they im­me­di­ately took a 4-3 lead with Colin John­son’s left foot strike in the six yard box.

Eng­land sat deep re­pelling count­less Scot­tish for­ays and re­ly­ing on their speedy strik­ers to counter at­tack. Us­ing their pace and guile Ai­dan Hamill, Marek Brooks and Reid tore Scot­land apart. Reid com­pleted a de­served hat-trick with an un­stop­pable strike.

The ic­ing on the cake for Eng­land was re­served for Hamill who scored the sixth and fi­nal goal of a thor­oughly en­joy­able game. The teams fully de­served their post-match re­fresh­ments pro­vided by Piz­za­ma­nia and Stow­ford Press cider.

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