Normal service resumed........
It was the first ever meeting between these two teams as FC India graduated from the over 40s League at the beginning of this season. India dominated the early possession with their slow but steady methodical build ups and it paid dividends after just seven minutes. A right wing break was chipped over the head of David Breen who jumped but couldn't quite grow enough to reach it. The India winger took control and cut inside to rasp a shot goalwards which deflected off Judd Boxtart and into the net to give the visitors the lead. In the 18th. minute Robbie Keam was guilty of shirt pulling on a breakaway and was yellow carded for the offence although it was noticed that Larry Thorlakson got an assist with the card. Thorlakson was fouled in the 25th. minute in a dangerous position and Pat Rohla sent over a useful cross that was met by Sherman Foster but the ball went over the bar off one of the corners of his head.
'Buck' McGill made a return to action after a long lay-off and his imposing figure was involved in a shirt pulling incident in the 38th. minute for which he received a caution. This came just after he was upended by one of the smallest players on the field to which he responded, "Where did he come from?" Just two minutes after the incident a top notch lay off by Willie Dixon fell at McGill's feet and he showed that he still has power in those feet as he hammered home an unstoppable shot past the visiting keeper for the equaliser - it was a welcome return. However, two minutes before the break another right wing attack from the opposition resulted in another goal after the winger cut in and hammered a good shot into the far bottom corner to give the visitors a deserved 2-1 lead at the half. The last kick of the half should have made it 2-2 but after an Alan Massender shot was parried out it fell to Pat O'Krane who scuffed his shot well wide of the post.
The second half saw a much improved performance by the hosts and midway through the half Massender unleashed a fine shot to put the Classics back on level terms - see Alan you can do it! With India tiring as the game progressed the Classics upped the tempo and were well rewarded in the 75th. minute when a Bryan Griffiths shot took a wicked deflection to give the keeper no chance. It was Griffiths' first match winning goal and the Classics were in the lead for the first time in the match so they were in no mood to relinquish it. Time was played out economically to give the Classics their first points of the season.
Final Score: Classics 3 FC India 2 (1-2)
Yellow cards: C. McGill, R. Keam
Chuck McGill scored his 50th. goal
You were crap award: Chuck McGill