|Credit: Nhong Tim|
After an exciting but disappointing two-all draw last week, Eka dropped another two points at home in a contest against BCC that was quiet until an early second half incident in which sparked hostility in the crowd.
The game was quiet, with Eka getting the better of it until Sutee threw a silly challenge at a BCC player, who responded with a shove. Sutee then swung for his face and followed with another swing at a second BCC player who rushed into the fray. The result was a red for Suttee and, controversially, only a yellow for the BCC player.
The decisions sparked fury from Sutee and he crowd but I can’t see how anyone can have complaints. The rules are clear - go for anyone’s face and you;re off. The BCC player only gave an angry shove after a very silly kick on the shins that he received.
Eka were awarded a penalty later on but the Christian College goalkeeper - probably the man of the match - performed a very impressive save from Tomi’s kick. Eka continued to have the better of the chances even with the disadvantage, but couldn’t break through.
So we still look for a win in leg two of the season. Normally it’s encouraging to have a youth team as their energy, pace and passion is great to watch. However this game reminded us of a downside, younger players can lack self-control at times and today I believe it cost us the points.
There were minor incidents in the crowd later, which the fan club have been discussing in the hope to avoid a repeat. Some people really need to grow up.
On a positive note, our dip in form has not seen us fall fatally away from the promotion chase. If we learn from the mistakes we made in this match and get back to winning ways, there’s still everything to play for.