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World United v NI Deaf United

Sunday 30th January 2011

 

World United started their 2011 programme with a solid performance and a victory against a well organised NI Deaf United team. Staged at Seaview the match was played in a friendly but competitive spirit.  WU welcomed two new players to the team both from Slovakia, Ati and Soli.

Both sides settled well on the 4G surface knocking the ball around which made for some entertaining football.  WU got the first break through when Assan released Chris Moffett down the right wing and his low cross was turned in at the near post by Ciaran Murphy. This seemed to spur on NI Deaf Utd who launched a wave of threatening attacks on the WU goal. The defensive set up of Ian Boden, Graham Parkinson, Soli, Jason and Hall stood firm to keep the team in front.

Midway through the half the visitors levelled the score from a corner when Hall dropped the ball at the feet of a grateful centre forward who accepted the tap-in. During the remainder of the half the WU midfield of Aruna, Adrian Murphy, Ati, Stevie and in particular Assan, gradually stamped their authority on the game. This involved superb inter play and some hard yards closing down the opposition.  The hard work eventually paid dividends when Assan played a defence splitting ball to Chris Moffett who rounded the keeper and slotted home to give WU a 2-1 half time advantage.

The start of the second period saw WU pick up were they left the first spraying the ball around and controlling things at the back.  Although chances were few and far between for both teams WU probably forged the better and it was during one of these raids they increased their lead.  Again it was super play from Stevie in the middle of the park releasing Chris Moffett on the right.  His direct run down the line, cut in from the right and thunderous drive, gave the visiting keeper no chance.  At 3-1 WU looked comfortable and could have been more so only some poor finishing kept the visitors hopes alive. 

Making his comeback after injury stalwart, Thomas Mockey showed he had lost none of his stubborn aversion to letting any opposing players passed.  Along with his tackling abilities he demonstrated his defensive proficiency when he was on hand to clear a goal bound header off the line.  As the clock ticked down a hint of compliancy set in and NI Deaf Utd took advantage of slack defensive play to pull a goal back.  At 3-2 WU seemed to get anxious and were lucky when a headed goal from the visitor’s centre forward was ruled out for off-side.  The final whistle brought an audible sigh of relief from the home team who nearly turned what could have been a comfortable victory into something less.