LSL Division 1
The visitors started the game the better and took the lead in the 4th minute when Gavin Smith knocked a vicious St. Francis cross into his own net. It was unfortunate, but a dreadful start for the Saints. Lancaster went close to equalising three minutes later, when his shot flew past the post after some excellent football in the build up.
St. Francis made it 2-0 in the 17th minute when Youcef Belhout beat Warren Fee with a good finish, a heavy collision resulted as both players collided, Fee was down and would need treatment for a cut. The Saints trailing 2-0 never panicked and started to play some terrific football. Dean Thomas created the Saints opening goal in the 22nd minute with a piece of magic, his run, skill and vision opened up the St. Francis defence and his inch perfect pass found David Somers who kept his cool to slip the ball past the advancing goalkeeper. The home side dominated after the goal and on the stroke of half time, Thomas had a goal disallowed for offside, Thomas headed home after Reilly's header hit the crossbar, it caused much debate but the linesman made the correct call and raised the flag.
Karl Somers rattled the crossbar with a powerful strike in the 51st minute, and four minutes later the post would save St. Francis when the ball came off the post following a cross. St. Francis always posed a threat going forward and came close to making it 3-1 when a header from a corner went just wide. Glen Crowe was introduced on the hour mark and made his first appearance of the season after his injury. Two minutes later Dean Thomas equalised with a stunning free kick that beat the wall and flew into the corner of the net. It was a superb free kick and set up a gripping finale to the game. Both sides continued to play some great football as they searched for a third goal. Luke Harrison made a superb tackle to deny the away side a shot on goal with fifteen minutes remaining. The game was end to end with both sides attacking, but it was the Saints who won it thanks, to David Somers header with seven minutes remaining.
The Saints played some beautiful football and deserved the win. Four points from the opening two games is a very good start. The team responded after an awful start and confidence is growing. Manager, Brian Mc Carthy hoped the team would gel quickly, on this display and performance he may have got his wish. It was a hard fought win, but it's going to be like that all season. No points will be easily won. So far, so good.
Subs : Kelly, Crowe, O' Brien, Snowe, Hilliard.