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Canaries 3 – 1 PAMSOC 19/12/13

A pulsating encounter. A much changed KCAFC side, with several loan players, and a late addition to the starting 3-1-3 line-up in Georgian forward Dato Kuridze took on a PAMSOC side playing their first of what were to be two games in three days. It started out less match of the day and more chess match, as both teams set up with a balance to attack and defend in equal measure; a cagey starting period followed. PAMSOC bossed the opening 10 minutes possession, passing the ball about better than their rivals, who struggled to find any real rhythm. A small pitch for 8-aside, it meant that the play favoured the technicians rather than the grafters or pacy wide men. A direct ball over the top provided an early opportunity; Teggarty, in a rare lapse, failed to deal with the bouncing ball and Vink had a chance to finish, but couldn't connect, with the ball being finally scrambled out for a corner off a static Hardy in the Canaries goal. Vink did strike soon after but being straight at the keeper, it deflected to safety. The Canaries then started to come into the game as Johnston started to control the midfield area with some good ball-control, movement and passing as the Kilkeel team started to tick. Nevertheless, chances went a-begging subsequently, with Johnston telegraphing an effort and Teggarty skewing an effort wide as he powerfully sliced across the ball on a rare foray forward. The Canaries took the lead through one of their new additions, Pascal, with a deflected effort which took the ball past Forbes in the PAMSOC goal. 1 - 0.


PAMSOC continued to press and found some joy on the flanks as Vink rolled the ball across the goal from the left with no-one there to convert and Lisk and Hill were getting plenty of time on the ball on the right flank only to be denied by some fantastic full-back defending. Indeed, it could be argued that the full backs were the key men, getting their body in the way of the best the opposition could offer, looking comfortable on the ball when building from the back and clearing when necessary. PAMSOC continued to have chances as Toal fired low, hard, but wide and Whyte smashed the ball into the side netting. The Canaries, however were getting more time on the ball in the midfield areas and breaking quickly with Kuridze holding the ball up and linking well, albeit the team was lacking a killer instinct. That changed however as another loan player for KCAFC, Andrew, drilled the ball home from an acute angle to double the scoreline. 2 - 0.


This caused PAMSOC to become more direct and they had the ball in the net as it ricocheted off a defender and the goalkeeper and into the Canaries net, but it had already went out of play, behind the goal. The drama continued as another shot was partially saved by Hardy after which the ball hit the inside of the post and spun across the line only to be cleared by an alert Teggarty in a real let-off. PAMSOC did get their reward however when a speculative, but well hit drilled effort from Lisk near the half-way point deflected off a defender and into the net; 2 – 1, and game on. Corners were all-in-all poor from both sides, however Murphy met one with a header across goal which sailed just wide of the top corner with the goalkeeper beaten. By this stage PAMSOC were being very direct with Murphy pushing up and right-back Nicholl playing more central at the back. But as they did so, Canaries hit them swiftly for a killer third as Andrew nabbed his second, and his side’s third, with a neat cut inside on the right flank before firing high and beyond Forbes. Final score: Canaries 3 - 1 PAMSOC.