Written by Michael Tait |
CSM’s first home game of 2019 ends in a 1-1 draw against tough opposition in Halsetown AFC. CSM came into the game as the only unbeaten side in the league. For the most part, the game was an even contest however CSM probably edged it with the most clear-cut chances going their way.
FT: CSM 1-1 Halsetown AFC
CSM started the first half the stronger of the two sides with a free kick in the 5th minute heading just over the bar and a corner a minute later which the Halsetown keeper attempts to collect but misses – fortunately for the keeper, the ball doesn’t reach a CSM player either and goes out for a goal kick.
“Halsetowns first chances came 10 minutes into the game”
Halsetowns first chances came 10 minutes into the game after CSM gave away a freekick, but the attempt was struck straight at the keeper. Halsetown struggled to keep hold of the ball in the first 15 minutes of the game and gave it away cheaply on several occasions.
The rest of the half chances for CSM came from set pieces – a 36-minute free kick curling just over the bar and a free kick which was delivered into the box. However, the header was agonisingly wide in first-half stoppage time. Halsetown’s best chance in the closing stages of the half came with a shot from outside the box flying over the bar.
HT: CSM 0-0 Halsetown
CSM started the second half on the front foot – following good pressure on the Halsetown defence, the home side delivered a cross that was spilt by the away side’s keeper. CSM had another chance with a shot 10 minutes into the half being tipped over by the Halsetown keeper.
Despite the tight nature of the game, a goal did eventually arrive, and it was CSM who got it [30 minutes into the second half]. Giles Holroyeds cross went in due to an unlucky final touch from a Halsetown defender.
“The goal seemed to give CSM confidence to press on for a second”
The goal seemed to give CSM confidence to press on for a second with the away side yet again gifting the ball away to CSM – The home side hit on the break after Halsetown gave the ball away in midfield, but the attack came to nothing.
The away side tried hard to respond with less than 15 minutes left of the game, however, Halsetown were forced into taking serval shots on from distance with time and patience running out.
With less than 6 minutes left in the contest, Halsetown found an equaliser when a corner was headed past the keeper and into the CSM net. In the end, neither side were able to find a winner which is evident of the competitive nature of the game and made it a great watch.
FT: CSM 1-1 Halsetown
The result was