19th November 2016, Inter Hoddesdon FC, Away (Herts Junior Cup)
Global were denied a memorable victory after a narrow defeat to the chavs of Inter Hoddesdon in the Herts Cup.
After the previous weekend’s unjust mauling at the hands of Croxley Community, Global were looking to bounce back in what was set to be a tricky tie, away at their hosts’ delightful pitch within the local council estate.
The visitors’ were boosted though by having a team of eleven after last week’s ten man debacle. This included the return of cup tie specialist Rich Landry, along with Dexter Simpson, who rocked up under the premise of their being a carvery nearby.
After safely locking away all their valuables, Global setup for kick off. On his 100th Global appearance, Gaffer Gaines was forced to shuffle his pack, with Rory MacDonald taking up duties between the sticks due to Greeny’s absence, and Dex coming alongside Chris Palmer in an old school 4-4-2. Another notable absentee was Carlos, who was last seen under a thumb on the outskirts of High Wycombe.
The move to two lines of four took Global longer than necessary to get to grips with allowing the home side too much space to play in early on. The youthful Inter were soon sniffing in and around the Global box, although Rory was in commanding form, scampering quickly off his line to clear any danger on several occasions.
The warning signs were there though, none more so when the visitors’ struggled to clear a corner. The ball broke on the edge of the box to an Inter midfielder, but his well struck volley came back off the post.
And the home side made the breakthrough just a few minutes later as Global continued to toil. A quick break down the left hand side saw a deep cross thrown into the whites’ box, where it was met by an unmarked Inter player to head home. 1-0.
Global were riled, and becoming more increasingly incensed by some generous refereeing in favour of the home side. The main beneficiary was their lanky piss streak of a striker, who went to ground looking for a free kick every time he was challenged.
However, the visitors’ were starting to get their act in order and began creating some chances. Dex was unlucky to see a well struck effort of the turn fly just wide, and Palmer saw a lobbed effort over the home side’s flaky ‘keeper miss the target as he arguably had too long to think about it.
Global were also finding some real joy down the wings – both Simpson and Palmer sending in great deliveries, but no one in a white shirt had taken the gamble into the box and Inter were able to clear their lines on both occasions.
With Global now finding some rhythm, Inter were struggling to create any real chances of note, and were being largely restricted to efforts from distance thanks to some fine defending from the visitors, and none of the efforts were either decent or memorable.
In fact it was Global who had the last decent chance of the half, with Landry firing over when well placed in the Inter box.
The interval arrived with Global knowing they had a fighting chance in this cup tie.
Half-time: Inter Hoddesdon 1 – 0 Global FC
Global knew if they could grab a goal then it was very much all to play for, but instead they opted to start the second half nearly as slowly as they started the first. However Inter remained largely limited to crap efforts from distance.
Hugo Thomas was soon introduced to add some further pace and guile to the Global attack, and he was clearly well up for this one. His impact was almost instant, harrying the full back into conceding possession before sending in a teasing cross which no one was able to connect with.
Global were looking more and more dangerous on the counter attack, and the visitors’ were starting to smell a goal as Inter struggled to deal with Global’s quick breaks forward.
And it was another counter which finally gave Global the equaliser they deserved, albeit from a pretty unlikely source. The visitors’ worked the ball wide to Landry on the right hand side. He delivered a teasing ball into the box which Palmer met. His effort was blocked by the Inter goalkeeper, but Simon Lucas was on hand to slot home the loose ball – the goal coming 2 years and 7 months to the day since his last strike in a Global shirt. 1-1.
Inter were rattled and started to throw everything forward in a bid to secure victory. Once again though Rory was in fine form, making several key interceptions and blocks to keep the score line level.
At the other end, Global were creating the better chances and looked more likely to score. Simpson delivered another teasing cross but Landry could only head wide at the far post.
The first of two comical bookings of the afternoon went to the home side’s stroppy gobshite of a winger. He threw a tantrum after taking the ball out of play, throwing the ball at the ground before calling the ref a c*nt. He was soon seeing yellow after giving everyone a good laugh at his expense.
In the dying seconds of normal time, the visitors’ were narrowly denied victory. Palmer went on a mazy run, turning his marker inside out before unleashing a well struck left footed effort. The Inter goalkeeper made a fine save to turn the ball over the bar. From the resulting corner, the ball broke loose to Lucas at the near post but his effort was blocked and Inter were able to scramble it clear. Desperately unlucky for Global and for the second round in a row we were heading into extra time.
Full-time: Inter Hoddesdon 1 – 1 Global FC
So the game headed into extra time, with Global’s weary legs digging deep to find whatever was left in the collective tanks.
Unfortunately it didn’t seem like very much when Inter grabbed what looked like it might be a decisive goal early on in extra time. The visitors’ failed to clear their lines and the home side’s forward were able to bundle the ball home from close range. 2-1.
Global were on the back foot, but could rely on some further heroics from Rory to keep them in the game. He was quick off his line on more than one occasion to foil one-on-ones and deny Inter a decisive goal.
And Inter were denied another opportunity to attack by the impressive Thomas. He rugby tackled the fox piss Beckham wannabe full back to the ground to halt a quick break, earning himself a yellow card in the process.
With Global fast heading for the exit door, Palmer conjured up a piece of magic to keep the tie alive. Landry fed him the ball outside the box. He cleverly weaved his way into the area, made space for a shot and fired past the goalkeeper at the near post. A great goal. 2-2.
With penalties looming, Inter nicked an undeserved winner. Global were caught off guard at the back, allowing their number 10 to nip in and fire a winner beyond the despairing MacDonald. They celebrated like they’d won the World Cup, but if they come up against anyone half decent in the next round they’ll get a spanking. 3-2.
And that was it – Global were out. Despite the unjust result, Global could take a lot of positives from their performance, and if they can take this form into their next few games they should be picking up some points on a more regular basis.
AET: Inter Hoddesdon 3 – 2 Global FC
Man-of-the-match: Rory MacDonald
Team: GK: Rory McDonald, RB: Ben Gaines, LB: Gregor Marshall, CB: Jon Ward, CB: Tom Jackson, CM: Simon Lucas (capt), CM: John Sheehan, RM: Rich Landry, LM: Alex Keene, CF: Dexter Simpson, CF: Chris Palmer, SUB: Hugo Thomas