Horsham YMCA U21s 2-2 Three Bridges U21
A thrilling game with both sides earning a well-deserved point
Horsham started strongly nearly catching Bridges unaware in the first minute as a swift attack down the left hand side produced a cross across the box which just skimmed the post. The lads quickly got hold of the game and began to dominate down the wings and contained the middle of the pitch. A free kick on 7 minutes gave Bridges the lead with Connor Purkis producing a great header.
Bridges dominance continued as they frustrated the opposition and on the 35th minute a penalty was awarded which T-Jay Johnson stepped up to put away, giving Bridges a 0-2 lead at half time.
Bridges started the second half stronger, immediately fashioning a clear cut chance which should have put the game to bed. However YMCA dug in and showed resilience and turned the tide, heaping pressure on Bridges' midfield and back line.
The pressure told as Horsham’s Henry Daramala-Martin pulled a goal back from the edge of the box on the 69th minute. Buoyed on by the goal, Horsham applied more pressure and the game could have swung either way. Dan Lombardo was holding play which was essential for the quick wing attack support of Mitchell Casselman and Naithan Hilaire.
As Bridges attempted to contain and pick off YM on the counter, it was from Bridges' own free kick that Horsham hit back on the break forcing a shot to parry into the path of Henry Daramala-Martin on the 89th minute to score his second and equalise.
More drama followed that evoked Horsham as they had a 3rd goal ruled out for off side deep into added time.
Report by Richard Midadje