Match Report
Shiplake College 3rd XI vs  Abingdon School
On: Wednesday, 20 Mar 2019
Venue: Away

'Frustrating' - this is the one word that perfectly describes the afternoon from a Shiplake 3rd XI perspective.

Shiplake made a bright start away at Abingdon: Toby Head dribbled past a defender only to be tripped in the box by a second Abingdonian. Unfortunately, the referee, with the whistle on his lips, decided against awarding the penalty. Before the first-half finished, Sam Redding hit the crossbar from a 30-yard free kick and the Abingdon goalkeeper made the first of many incredible saves from a Josh Gibson effort. 0-0 at half time.

In the second half, Abingdon took the lead through a well-taken effort. A speculative ball was floated over the Shiplake defence from the Abingdon left-hand side and somehow the striker stuck out his leg and controlled the ball beautifully before ruthlessly smashing the ball past Ben Ferguson in goal. Heads dropped for a couple of minutes but soon the boys started to believe that they could get a positive result from the game. Robbie Cartwright went up front to ensure that the Abingdon defence had a long and restless final 30 minutes. He soon found himself through on goal but failed to make sufficient contact with the ball which allowed the keeper to make a save. A few more chances came and went before Joe Durcan played the ball to Robbie who then played a perfectly weighted pass to Sam Redding for a cool left-footed finish. We had chances to win the game but a combination of good defending, incredible goalkeeping and bad luck meant that we had to settle for a 1-1 draw.

Man of the match was Luke Mullin. Luke put in a tireless and quality filled display in the CDM position: winning headers, tackles and playing the ball out wide to the wingers. He was unlucky not to have scored late on in the game.

We look forward to our next fixture on Saturday 23 March, at home against Mill Hill and Belmont School.