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1855 6 - 5 Rabbits

Clouds darkened the skies at Grains Moss as 1267 spectators turned up for the match. Nuno Francisco Gomes Marques was the appointed referee with assistance provided by and . 1855 had chosen a strategic 2-5-3 formation. Lineup: Watson - Marquis, Johnson - Pye, Shafiq, Ericson, Chaner, Wan - Bews, Otis, Bell.

A 5-3-2 alignment was the formation of choice for Rabbits. The following players took the field: McEwen - Schmidt, Yun, Kang, Lonie, Capelhorn - Hail, Stringer, Boogaard - Parson, Munro.

Rabbits were relying on their magnificent ability to counter-attack. Slack defending gave 1855 a chance to take the lead with 22 minutes played, but Billy Bell's cross from the left flank was fumbled in front of the goal and easily dealt with by the opposition. Down the middle came Elwood Parson, making a fantastic play that nearly had Rabbits take the lead after 27 minutes, but Magnus Watson preserved the tie. The teams went for the halftime break at 0 - 0. 1855 enjoyed most of the ball, as they maintained 64 percent of possession.

1855 will have to do without Magnus Watson for a time, due to a bad foot injury at the 47 minute mark. He was substituted by Gareth Beardsley. With 48 minutes played Billy Bell almost put the home team one ahead on a cross coming in from the right, but the shot went just wide. After 49 minutes, the defensive line of Rabbits created a counterattack through the middle that gave Jared Schmidt a good look at the goal, but his shot glanced harmlessly off the crossbar. 1855's Max Ericson got himself booked for a foul. Billy Bell was the first to reach the corner kick, but his header was blocked by the keeper. However, 1855's Mathew Chaner managed to get hold of the rebound and tucked the ball into the empty net. 1 - 0 Rabbits showed their counterattack skill 70 minutes into the match by breaking through the middle, with Raphael Lonie scoring uncontested for 1 - 1. 1855 had most of the ball, with 66 percent of possession.

After the regular 90 minutes, the agony of extra time followed. Rabbits's Raphael Lonie was shown a yellow card after 97 minutes for slicing down an opponent. Rabbits were able to draw a foul with their counterattacks, but the shot from Raphael Lonie went into the arms of the keeper. Noel Pye's tried to storm through the defence after 117 minutes, but Leroy Capelhorn was just too fast to shake off and the rest of the defence got back to cover. The opposing supporters gave the referee an earful when he only gave Rodney Yun from Rabbits a yellow card after a mistimed challenge from behind 118 minutes into the game. That was far too lenient! 1855 were forced into a substitution as Murray Bews couldn't continue due to some rough treatment, forcing Alan Norrison to come in off the bench. Some great play up the middle by 1855 led to a chance for Herbert Wan to score after 119 minutes, but the shot hit the crossbar. After 119 minutes Rabbits tried to exploit their counterattacking skills, unfortunately, Elwood Parson's shot sailed wide after his break down the right. After extra time, the game was still tied and a penalty shoot-out ensued.

The crowd was awed by Billy Bell's finely placed shot for 1855 making it 2 - 1. Rabbits's Elwood Parson was relaxed as he smoothly put the ball in the net. 2 - 2! 1855's Mike Otis kept his cool as he faced down Moshe McEwen. His composure paid off as he scored easily for 3 - 2. Rabbits's Arnold Munro made no mistake. Gareth Beardsley didn't have a chance. 3 - 3. Oooh - how unlucky! 1855's Kieran Johnson attempt hit the underside of the bar, but rebounded down into the grateful arms of Moshe McEwen. The score stays 3 - 3. Rabbits's Raphael Lonie showed he has nerves of steel when it comes to penalties, easily changing the score to 3 - 4. 1855's Herbert Wan didn't hesitate but Moshe McEwen managed the save, resulting in an unchanged 3 - 4 score. Rabbits's José Boogaard looked like he knew exactly where he wanted to put the ball, but unfortunately his shot went wide of the left hand post. Still 3 - 4. 1855's Mathew Chaner coolly put the ball past Moshe McEwen. 4 - 4. Rabbits's Jared Schmidt looked nervous even as he was putting the ball on the spot. He didn't take much of a run up, and his weak shot was easily saved by the keeper. 1855's Jay Marquis coolly put the ball past Moshe McEwen. 5 - 4. When it comes to placing a ball precisely, Jason Hail is a real wizard. He put it safely away for Rabbits to make the score 5 - 5. Clearly nervous from the start, 1855's Abdus-Salam Shafiq took a long run up, but could only blast the ball over the bar. The score remains 5 - 5. Rabbits's Danny Stringer didn't look like he was confident as he stepped up, and produced a badly struck penalty - right into the arms of Gareth Beardsley. The score remained 5 - 5. 1855's Alan Norrison kept his cool as he faced down Moshe McEwen. His composure paid off as he scored easily for 6 - 5. Rabbits's Rodney Yun didn't look like he was confident as he stepped up, and produced a badly struck penalty - right into the arms of Gareth Beardsley. The score remained 6 - 5. Alan Norrison performed admirably for 1855. Billy Bell turned in a dismal performance, however. The most dominating Rabbits player was without a doubt Elwood Parson. Raphael Lonie on the other hand, had a terrible day. The match ends 6 - 5.

Rating details

Midfield weak (low) wretched (high) 14 7 4/20 2/20
Right defence inadequate (very low) passable (very low) 17 21 5/20 6/20
Central defence weak (very low) passable (low) 13 22 4/20 6/20
Left defence weak (very high) passable (very high) 16 24 4/20 6/20
Right attack weak (very low) wretched (high) 13 7 4/20 2/20
Central attack poor (low) poor (high) 10 11 3/20 3/20
Left attack passable (very low) passable (very high) 21 24 6/20 6/20
 
Indirect set pieces
Defence weak (high) inadequate (low) 15 18 4/20 5/20
Attack weak (high) weak (high) 15 15 4/20 4/20
 
Team attitude (Hidden) (Hidden)
Tactic Normal Counter-attacks
Tactic skill (no tactic) magnificent (no tactic) 12 12/20
 

Possession

64%
36%
66%
34%

Chance distribution

Home Away
11 7

2 Left attack 0
5 Central attack 4
2 Right attack 2
0 Other 1
2 Special events 0
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Rating details

Please note that the percentages above are meant to guide you, but they do not equate to the exact probabilities (to score for example) used in the match engine.

Indirect set pieces

Defence weak (high) inadequate (low) 15 18 4/20 5/20
Attack weak (high) weak (high) 15 15 4/20 4/20

Miscellaneous

Team attitude (Hidden) (Hidden)
Tactic Normal Counter-attacks
Tactic skill (no tactic) magnificent (no tactic) 12 12/20

Average ratings

Total player experience wretched (very high) poor (low) 8 10 2/20 3/20
Average midfield weak (low) wretched (high) 14 7 4/20 2/20
Average defence weak (high) passable (low) 15 22 4/20 6/20
Average attack weak (high) weak (low) 15 14 4/20 4/20
Total average weak (high) weak (low) 15 14 4/20 4/20

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