An ugly win but they all count........
The first chance of the game came from the home side in the third minute after a right wing break but, to the relief of the Classics' defence, the forward's shot sailed over the bar. On ten, Alan Massender had a shot kicked off the line after being put through by Pat Rohla. The Classics almost took the lead in the 19th; it came from a dinking chip from Rohla but he could only watch as his effort hit the underside of the bar and bounced out again - it failed by a lick of paint. This was followed by a great effort from Massender who forced the home keeper into a full length dive to keep the scores level. Jody Nelson began a great move in the 38th down the left flank; he sent a perfect ball over to Massender who should have broken the net but his over-the-bar effort was well worthy of some award! This was followed by a yellow card for Pat O'Krane after he rugby tackled one of the opposition. With three minutes of the half remaining it was Rohla who got the next chance and he was robbed of another goal when his effort was trickling over the line but a defender raced back to whack the ball away for a corner.
Controversy came in the 50th when the Stingers took the lead. It came from yards into an offside position and was a comedy of errors which ended with a Stingers forward kicking the ball onto Jason Clegg with the ball rebounding into the net. It was a cruel blow - the Classics had been well and truly stung! Jimmy Butler was brought down in the box after 57 so it was a chance to restore some justice. Rohla stepped up to drill a delighful penalty shot into the bottom left corner of the net. Game on again. It was 2-1 in the 63rd after Lorenzo Arcari slipped Butler away and he did what he does best by slipping the ball to lhe left of the keeper. Following a mis-hit from Daryl Lawrie, a great shot in the 64th from Massender hit the top of the crossbar. The game was sewn-up after Butler knocked the insurance goal home but he soon left the field after he realised that the beer was not free this week and another goal would cost him a round! It came from a Rohla-Lawrie build-up of play. Congratulations must go to stalwart defender Chris Arcari who made his 250th. appearance for the Classics in this game.
After match shenanigans centred around the tale of Pat O'Krane who had to miss his grandson's christening as we were 'short' of players.
Chris Arcari's 250th appearance
Yellow Card: Pat O'Krane
MWG: Jimmy Butler
Crap Award: Larry Thorlakson