First Team vs. Loughborough Dynamo (2 : 2)
Evo-Stik League First Division South
Sheffield FC were held to a 2-2 draw on Tuesday evening, writes Stuart James, as a hard-working Loughborough Dynamo side came from behind twice to grab a well-earned point. Both Club goals were the highlights of an otherwise turgid game, with Andrew Gascoigne scoring two spectacular goals in the 1st and 41st minutes, whilst Dynamo replied with goals from Danny Quinn (9 minutes) and Luke Smithson (62 minutes).
The hosts had the ideal start to the game as they poured forward in positive fashion from the off, and following an excellent ball from Ritchie Humphreys into the middle, it was finished off in euphoric style with a GASCOIGNE volley that left the keeper stranded.
Loughborough’s preparations had been hit in the warm-ups, when Luke Sibson pulled out of the starting line-up with a late injury, being replaced by Danny Quinn – who himself would have a big part to play in the shape of the game.
Dynamo eventually found their footing and it didn’t take long for them to level matters up, as Luke Thorogood worked some space to cross from the right, with QUINN outmuscling the defence to steer a strong header beyond Brett Souter.
With scores back level the game fell into a rather passive lull, with neither side really doing anything of note to entertain the Dronfield audience, however four minutes before the break the game sprung into life.
A ball was sent over the top for James Gregory to chase, and despite having plenty of defensive cover visiting keeper Scott Wardley – having done similar moments earlier with little damage – inexplicably raced 25 yards from goal to scuff a clearance into the path of GASCOIGNE, who lofted the return with interest from halfway into the empty net.
Club should have capitalised on this in the closing moments, and Loughborough had Wardley to thank for not going into the break even further adrift, after a fine save from a Jack Mawson bicycle kick.
Still there was time for a chance for Dynamo to go in level, as the home sides hesitation at the back saw a poor clearance only reach Quinn, luckily for Club the return shot struck the foot of the post.
The second half saw a few moments of quality, and the promise from loanee Leslie Sackey was there for all to see after the youngster battled from a stramash of players, to turn and try to chip the keeper from 35 yards… the ball going only inches over.
It was the away side though that were looking the most threatening, and nearly levelled after a corner evaded everyone in the home box, before landing at the feet of Quinn who blazed over the empty goal from a matter of feet away from the line.
That equaliser eventually came just after the hour mark, a cross from the lively right back Tom Rigby was not dealt with, and with time to place his finish from the edge of the box was SMITHSON who made no mistake.
It could have ended a whole lot worse for Sheffield as Rigby turned provider once again, this time Thorogood’s header was not far over, whilst in the dying moments Sam Thorpe nearly stole all the points with a shot that wasn’t that far off target.
Sheffield FC: Souter, Turnbull, Algar, Sackey, Cooksey ©, Morris, Robson, Gascoigne, Mawson, Humphreys, Gregory. Subs: Purkiss, Ingham, Magee, Dawes, Tijani.
Loughborough Dynamo: Wardley, Rigby, Keenan, Sibson, Andrews, Piliero, Holmes, Smith, Hodgkinson ©, Thorogood, Smithson, Subs: Thorpe, Quinn, Lee, Taylor, Hollist.
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