Fantastic Fortune stun Jewdinese
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Jewdinese's promotion challenge was dealt a major blow as they came out second best against rock bottom Fortune.
It was a wet Sunday morning and, with a home banker on the cards and thoughts of Jewdinese just needing to turn up to win the game, kick-off quickly commenced.
Jewdinese started off marginally the better team in what was a reasonably good pitch - bearing in mind the conditions - possession was kept well and after only five minutes had a shot/cross hit the woodwork.
Jewdinese continued to keep possession but weren’t able to convert that into chances and were somewhat lacking that cutting edge in the final third.
Fortune started asking a few questions on the counter-attack, with the pace of Zack Rich causing problems for the Jewdinese defence. However, after 30 minutes neither keeper had truly tested.
With about 35 minutes on the clock, Nick Stone committed what can only be described as a reckless tackle which result in a yellow card and a free-kick in dangerous territory. A delightful cross from the byline from Joe Perl whisked its way past everyone and into the bottom corner to give Jewdinese the advantage.
The half time whistle was blown and the match commentator think at this point most of the Jewdinese players must of thought it was going to be a case of how many can we score, as were the words of their manager Darren Lawrence prior to the game.
The second half commenced and Fortune came out like a completely different team, and the arrogance of Jewdinese had definitely gone - they knew that they were in for a tough game. No longer than 10 minutes in, Michael Goldberg collected the ball on the right wing by the halfway line after a lofted pass by Gavin Levy. He turned the defender, ran down the wing and played a beautifully weighted cross to Zack Rich who first time finish showed what a quality finisher he is as he calmly placed into the bottom corner - a great team goal and one definitely worthy of GOTW!
The momentum was with Fortune now and with about 20 minutes to go, Goldberg played a through to Rich who just couldn’t be handled by the Jewdinese defence for 90 minutes, his shot-cum-cross trickled to the back post where Stone with his outstretched leg tapped in the goal to put Fortune 2-1 up.
With Jewdinese searching for an equaliser - but not really troubling Fortune - their lack of experience proved decisive as they left major gaps in the midfield and defence. Rich missed a fantastic one-on-one chance, Dean Ingram had a shot well saved and Goldberg also saw his effort from 12 yards saved.
With five minutes to go a long ball up field by stand-in keeper Richard Cooper saw Dave Sawyer - who was an absolute rock in the centre of midfield for the whole game - flick a header onto Goldberg who latched onto it and struck the ball past the keeper to finally see no way back for Jewdinese and take Fortune 3-1 up.
Fortune boss Jonathan Cohen told JC Sport: "Firstly I would like to state that morale in the squad has been largely good throughout the season, and we have done our best not to listen or take too much note of what other people have had to say about us. We know more about us than anyone else.
"On a very difficult pitch and in very tough conditions, I thought we were well worth the three points this week and I think if you ask the ‘Nese team, I think they will agree. Jewdinese had the majority of the ball in the first half, they didn’t really do enough with it, and we although we might have gone in at half time at more than 1-0 down we wouldn’t have deserved that.
"We made a couple of tactical changes at half time and our shape, positioning and application were excellent, and without getting carried away, we dominated the half and could have won by more."
A Fortune spokesman told JC Sport: "The boys were absolutely fantastic today and every player deserves a mention as they didn’t put a foot wrong and gave absolutely everything for 90 minutes."
As said before the game, it will be men against boys and that statement was certainly turned out to be true.