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Cataraqui II and The Keg - A Seemingly Perfect Coupling

Posted on Fri Sep 04, 2009

Cataraqui II 0 vs The Keg FC 0
Penalty Kicks
Cataraqui II 1 vs The Keg FC 3

Let me start by thanking everyone for a great season.  It has been a real pleasure playing with Cataraqui II for the last two years.  You are a great bunch of guys.

That being said – you need to practice penalty kicks!

This was a fine game for a final.  It was close and fair, and even the referee stepped up to the task for the most part.  Randy nearly pulled off the highlight of the night when he stumbled after awarding a free kick, but he just kept his balance.

The first half was mostly played in the Cataraqui II end.  We seem to have had trouble getting the flowing passes working.  I think we had less time on the ball during this game and it made a difference.  Despite the pressure, Val had only one scary close range attack to fend off which he did with his usual aplomb.

Slowly, but surely we began to get the upper hand, and had far more of the chances as the half wore on.  We had a clear effort towards the end of the half but it went wide.  The whole half was really devoid of shots on target.

In the second half we started to dominate the game apart from breakaways down the right wing.  These were well contained by Ted, Paul and James – and despite some fancy footwork, the goal was not seriously threatened.  Our pressure increased, but to no avail.  Roman smacked a good free kick, but The Keg wall did its job on that one. We really struggled to put the ball on the net.

The first period of Golden Goal overtime was all ours.  Tyson had a fierce volley go wide, and a nice controlled move with a dipping shot just over the net.  The second period of extra time was delayed while the A Division penalty shoot-out took place.  Still we had the best of it, but still could not get the ball in the net.  Again a very good chance went a wasting.

On to the penalties.

Well I am feeling generous.  Let’s just say we lost the shoot-out 3 – 1.  Val stopped their first penalty and got a fair bit of their second.  Ross Corcoran scored his penalty.

Off to The Toucan, where Andrew provided seating and munchies.

Once again, thanks to all – enjoy the Fall League and the Indoor!

Ross Morton