Get inter them.....
The record books had to be scoured to find the last time these two teams met and the resultant research brought no rewards as these two teams have no previous history of having played each other, unless under other names. Good work from Larry Thorlakson in the fifth minute was finished with a cross to Jimmy Butler who laid the ball off but it came back to him and he rasped a shot which canonned back off the crossbar. Two minutes later David Breen crossed for Gordie Macklin who should have done better with his attempt, as it was a clear goalscoring opportunity. In the ninth minute, Macklin crossed for Willie Dixon who headed the ball on for himself to run on to, but it ran away from him for a dead ball. It could have been a penalty for the visitors in the 11th minute after Macklin had his legs removed from under him, not in a vicious manner, but the referee waved play-on.
The Classics took the lead on the quarter hour mark when another Save-On connection saw Thorlakson release Butler on a break-away. Butler beat the off-side trap to cooly advanced and delicately placed his shot to the side of the keeper. Butler was away on another one-on-one just two minutes later but this time the ball rebounded off him to sail harmlessly past the wrong side of the post. Inter pressed for an equaliser and on 20 minutes almost made it, only to be thwarted by a game-saving challenge from the impressive Thorlakson. The 36th should have brought an equaliser for the homesters when a left wing corner left three of their players unmarked at the back of the box. The corner floated over Judd Boxtart but, remarkably, all their players froze and no-one attacked the ball to poke it home. The Classics took advantage of the miss and immediately mounted a counter attack. Pat O'Krane sent a low ball across the face of the goal and it was deflected in for an own goal. Dixon almost made it three just before half time but his effort was tipped over for a corner.
From an Inter corner in the 47th minute, the ball was taken by Boxtart who launched a massive upfield kick which beat the last defender. Butler pounced on it but his attempted chip of the keeper went just to the right of the upright. Yet again, Butler was on a one-on-one in the 53rd minute but this time his effort struck the upright and bounced back into play near the corner flag. Inter pulled a goal back in the 57th minute when a left wing break resulted in a cross, not a dangerous looking one, which deceived everyone. Danny Jensen stuck out a leg and the ball sailed goalwards beyond the keeper for what initially looked like an own goal; it was later confirmed that one of the opposing players actually got a touch to it. The 'baby giraffe' however claimed an assist with the goal. The 61st minute brought a bizarre decision from the referee when he awarded Inter a penalty shot from an inoccuous bounce onto Darryl Lawrie's arm; Lawrie was adamant that the incident also took place outside the 18 yard box. The resultant kick was saved by Boxtart, straight out of the Moore goalkeeping academy handbook, as he dived to his right to bring a semblance of justice.
Sherman Foster headed over ther bar in the 67th minute from an O'Krane corner and then Butler had another decent effort headed off the line just minutes later. A comedic moment occurred when Boxtart back-pedalled across his goalmouth to attempt to reach a cross but he tumbled backwards, resembling Fred Dibnah's final demolition. Check this link to see the resemblance. With five minutes remaining, another corner was awarded to Inter but Boxtart was on hand to make a comfortable tip over the bar from which the next corner was wasted. The Classics managed to run down the clock to record a hard fought but well deserved victory.
Penalty conceded: D. Lawrie
Penalty saved: J. Boxtart
Crap Award: G. Macklin