Ottawa Wizards vs Glen Shields
by Richard G.

To be very honest, the way we have been playing recently, this game should have been in the bag from the start. But as we all know football (soccer) is a strange game and anything could happen.

Glen Shields began the game at a frantic pace, trying to catch the Wizards off-guard and they almost did, on at least two occasions. The first coming from a free kick early in the first 10 minutes that took a defelction, but Goddard reacted quickly to tip it over the bar. Then from the ensuing corner, came a header but that went straight to Goddard. The best chance for Glen Shields came midway into the first half when one of the Wizards players got called for pushing in the box, thus causing a penalty.Unluckily for GS, the penalty was saved by Goddard, who in turn started the counter attack , which lead to the second penalty of the game, this time for the Wizards, after a rash tackle from the goalkeeper on one of the Wizards' strikers. This time the penalty was converted by Kevin Nelson, his 13th of the season.

The score would have been more if it wasn't for a sectacular save by the GS keeper from a volley off the boot of Russel Shaw immediately after. By this time GS was reduced to 10 men, after a sending off earlier.

The second half saw GS open up their game, while the Wizards just didn't seem to click. Goddard was called upon on several occasions to make big saves including a free kick in the final minutes of the game.

The wizards did make an impression in the second half with the introduction of Abraham Osman, who along with Nelson, began to use their speed to their advantage.

The Wizards just didn't seem to have it today, but you know what they say; good teams always find a way to win.

Just to let you all know, I tried to be as unbiased as I could.

Todays game against York will be played at Crosby park.

If you know the Address of this place, you are definitely invited to come.

Later and respect
Richard G.

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