Match Report
Epsom College Boys-U15A vs  Harrow School
On: Saturday, 09 Feb 2019
Venue: at Home

Drew 3-3

A fantastic game of football played in great spirits against the team’s strongest opposition so far. The first half was a very close affair, with Harrow having the downhill advantage. Two mistakes, giving Harrow easy possession just outside the box, cost Epsom two goals and despite some great sustained pressure and a couple of long range efforts from Zach Alfalahi (C) and Nick Wong (H), the team went into the break 2-0 down. This was not a fair reflection on the game and Epsom certainly believed they could come back into it. They were awarded a penalty early in the second half after a well-worked move that forced the ball into the box. Unfortunately, this was saved and Harrow caught Epsom on the break shortly afterwards, putting the game seemingly out of reach. With less than 15 minutes to go, a renewed spirit within the team, chased everything down, forcing mistakes by the Harrow players. Fred Brady (H) was brilliant, in his first A team performance, giving their talented centre-forward nothing all game. Quick interchanges saw the ball fall to Charlie Redknapp (G) who drove the ball into the corner. Almost straightaway, with belief in their hearts, Epsom turned the screw again and pressed, creating a couple of saves and half-clearances. Solomon Ekoku (Fa) was able to gather the ball and finish it off, bringing the team within one goal. Once again, Epsom piled on the pressure and Finn Walmsley (H) collected the ball from Charlie Day (C) at the top of the box, turned and faked to cut inside, before moving the ball onto his favoured left foot and rifled it home to make the scores level. Harrow came back strongly and there were a number of great tackles from Bryn Cann (Fa), strong headed clearances from Rhys Day (G) and good saves by Ben Garrett (G) that denied them the winner. With only a couple of minutes to go, Redknapp worked some magic, beating one player and found himself one on one with the keeper, who guessed correctly and just saved what looked to be a certain goal. The full time whistle went shortly afterwards with honours shared; a great game to be involved in for both players and spectators.
Goal scorers: Redknapp (G), Ekoku (Fa), Walmsley (H)
Player of the Match: Finn Walmsley (H)