Shep­pard, Ghosts down Ten­nent with late goal

Glenside News - - SPORTS - By Nick Iuele

Abing­ton has a chance to be a for­mi­da­ble team in the Subur­ban One, but it has to win games more con­vinc­ingly than it did against Wil­liam Ten­nent.

The vis­it­ing team looked the bet­ter side for the ma­jor­ity of the match in its 3-2 thriller over Ten­nent, yet the Pan­thers gave the Ghosts all they could han­dle.

“We were sloppy and let the ball bounce around too much,” Abing­ton coach Randy Gar­ber said. “We weren’t con­nect­ing passes be­cause we were play­ing into space more than play­ing to the feet. We had plenty of op­por­tu­ni­ties to fin­ish, but we gave them two goals on restarts and nor­mally you don’t win if that hap­pens.”

De­spite los­ing the lead twice in the sec­ond half, Abing­ton pulled out the vic­tory on pow­er­ful strike from Billy Shep­pard, his sec­ond goal of the match, with only a minute re­main­ing. There was a cel­e­bra­tion af­ter the goal, but less than two min­utes be­fore that it looked like the match was headed into over­time.

The first half did not fea- ture many good chances at goal and both teams suf­fered from dis­con­nect be­tween the mid­field and for­wards. Ten­nent had a promis­ing start to the match, but Abing­ton, Shep­pard in par­tic­u­lar, be­came more and more dan­ger­ous as the clock dripped away. The Pan­thers needed half­time des­per­ately and got there with­out al­low­ing a goal.

The sec­ond stanza seemed to be owned by the Ghosts for the most part, yet Ten­nent made it a close con­test. Less than two min­utes into the half, Shep­pard found some space inside the 18-yard box and ripped it passed the Ten­nent keeper. Given the amount of pos­ses­sion Abing­ton was com­mand­ing, it seemed that the Ghosts would threaten more.

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