Sheppard, Ghosts down Tennent with late goal
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.