Hemmingway strikes in earnest
SFC showed their depth in class, as they ran out 3-2 winners in a tightly contested game versus Purple Monkeys.
Andrew Hutcheon was the first man to find the back of the net, but as the Stonehaven Saviour turned to celebrate, his goal was adjudged to be off side.
As you were.
Instead it was Ross Plain that finally opened the scoring, after a cagey opening half. The West Country hitman created the opportunity for himself, by intercepting an errant Purple Monkey’s pass, before finishing neatly over the onrushing Pacella. SFC 1-0.
The game continued at a strong pace with both teams matching each other well. Purple Monkeys eventually found their equalizer after a succession of corners. 1-1. Shortly afterwards, via an uncharacteristic mix up, the SFC defence gifted Monkeys a second.
With the score 2-1 with just ten minutes to go the men in purple clearly felt the day was theirs. SFC decided otherwise.
Tim Walter who had been battling hard tackles and provocation throughout the game pounced on a bouncing ball on the edge of the box. The blond bombshell’s technique held true, and his strike whistled past the flailing arms of the Monkey’s keeper to make it 2-2.
With five minutes to go a draw was the last thing on SFC’s minds. Mike Hemmingway and Robert Ezakior continued to hound a creaking back line and pressure began to build. Finally with moments to spare Ezakior received the ball from Cullinane, but still with plenty to do. The Nigerian live wire promptly jinxed past two defenders before crossing. His ball found, terrace favourite, Mike Hemmingway at the back post, who calmly headed the ball back past Pacella to secure all three points.
A great comeback from SFC showing their desire, resilience and depth of squad.
Thank you to Purple Monkeys for what was, by and large, a well conducted game. There’s no doubt that the same set of players will run other Cosmo teams very hard throughout the season.
SFC Man of the Match: Ross Plain