City Reserves fantastic against Fairfield
By Nigel Upson
City Reserves play fantastic football to take the points against Fairfield
City Reserves had 11 players for this game after late withdrawals and the lads were superb throughout.
They took the game to Fairfield from the first whistle and with Sean Dayus being backed up by Max LePoidevin and Ishmaeel Mahmood at FB and Nathaniel Nisbett and Ryan Mole at CB, they looked secure.
Jacob Keane in CDM and Milo Elmes in CM were giving Tom Allen plenty of ball in ATM and his pinpoint accuracy was in turn giving Callum Harper and Hassan Shah plants of ball on the flanks. Joe Clarke up top was also getting plenty of ball and he was holding the ball up well against a robust Fairfield back four.
City took the lead on 8 minutes after a superb passing move found Harper on the right and he found the approaching LePoidevin who made no mistake from 10 yards. City then created several chances with Shah and Harper causing havoc.
On 16 minutes Allen fed Shah and he cut inside from the left to hammer City's second home.
City's midfield were in control but Fairfield's searching balls in behind had to be dealt with by City's defence.
City built from the back and kept possession well and should have gone in at HT further ahead.
2.0 at HT.
City started brightly again with the instruction to go at the visitors with no let up. They played some lovely football and should have scored a couple more before Shah again beat three players on the left and cut inside to slide the ball under the advancing GK for his second and City's third.
Fairfield came back into the game after making some changes and City had to defend some corners and free kicks against a strong Fairfield side.
City's midfield continued to dominate with Allen pulling the strings though and Clarke had one cleared off the line before he hit the bar with a fierce 20 yard drive. Elmes went on two great runs but couldn't quite beat the excellent Fairfield GK.
Special mention for Jacob Keane who was tireless in the tackle throughout.
City's 11 started to tire as a unit with 10 minutes to go and Fairfield sensed something. They were rewarded with a goal and then another one in quick succession and suddenly the last five minutes looked edgy for City. However, they were sensible in possession and saw the game out well to take a well deserved victory.
At the close Fairfield very courteously said that the score didn't tell the story of the game as they were outplayed and could have conceded more had City's finishing been sharper. To be fair they kept going and showed determination and could have scraped a draw. City played well and it was a credit to the players that they performed as they did.