The Start of something new?
The fifth team of the Tiffs has had rebirth after rebirth, as players move on to pastures new they have been replaced by more eager hopefuls, Saturday was no exception. As night turns into day, sure enough a 5th player will move on up and beyond.
The latest in a long line of 5’s players were Apratim Shastri & Nii Allotey, fresh faced and unknowing of the fines committee that would follow the great Tiff’s tradition post game, both players turned up ready to begin hopefully a long and successful Tiff’s career.
Due to weekly tradition of rain postponement in 2019, a number of former alumni returned to bolster the ranks and with it the 5’s felt good, so good that after 10 minutes, the 5’s were trailing to a goal so well struck the nets came apart (The ref spent 5 minutes fixing them). An error or two led to an equaliser (Put it down to Gegenpressing), and the Tiff’s were level and building with a number of close chances, however before the break a poor goal kick followed by the lack of reaction left Old St Mary’s time to slot home a 1 on 1 finish.
After the break the Tiff’s started as they left off and equalised with a quality finish by Dylan Brillante from the penalty spot after a push was penalised.
With 20 or so minutes left the 5th team took the lead with a calmly taken finish by Nii Allotey after great build up, however the finish of the game was erratic as the pitches bounce and after a smart 1 on 1 save by Matt Hurst’s face the Tiff’s conceded two late goals after lapses in the defence and midfield. As the Tiff’s pushed forward in one final flourish Hurst was again on hand with his legs to save smartly from the twice denied Old Mary’s striker.
A loss but a bright start for the future of the Old Tiffinians.