First Team vs. SV Lipsia-Eutritzsch 93 (3 : 3)

Saturday, 21 July, 2018 - 15:00
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SV Lipsia 93 Eutritzsch and Sheffield FC served up a six-goal thriller to celebrate the Saxony outfit’s 125th anniversary, writes Stuart James, as the German side made a great comeback to snatch a 3-3 draw after falling behind to a two-goal deficit twice. 

A crowd of a 1000 gathered at the Sportplatz Thaerstraße in Leipzig to see Club take a quick two-goal lead through Darryl Winter and Marc Newsham, with Maaz Abdelrahim and Newsham exchanging goals either side, and Abdelrahim and Matti Hann pulling things level late in the second half. 

Both sides started brightly with both having a series of corners early doors, with Jamie Kay having the first shot in anger, hooking a Jamie Yates delivery over the bar. 

On 16 minutes Sheffield should have taken the lead, as Andrew Gascoigne put Waide Fairhurst through on goal, with keeper Sasha Gerstenberger making a brave save to turn the ball round the post. 

From the resultant corner Jamie Yates chose the short option, playing to James Gregory who squared across the edge of the box, giving Daz Winter the chance to curl into the corner of the net with the outside of his foot. 

Moments later it could have been two, with James Gregory being found open at the back post, only to see Gerstenberger tip the ball over the bar. 

That second came on 21 minutes as Yates’ corner was met by a spectacular volley from Fairhurst, Gerstenberger made a great reflex save, but there was nothing he could do to stop Marc Newsham who was quickest to react to stab the ball home. 

Lipsia had their best chance on the half hour mark, as lightning fast Sudanese medical student Maaz Abdelrahim got behind the visitor’s defence and squared the ball across to Max Premßler, whose shot was well blocked by the feet of young keeper Jamie Ingham. 

Arguably the turning point came four minutes before the break as a potential three-goal lead was turned into a reduced deficit, Ben Turner and Ant Mackie combined down the right to tee up Fairhurst to side foot into the empty net, only for Premßler to clear off the line and send the Saxons up the other end where Lucian Unger fed Abdelrahim who hooked the ball on the run beyond Ingham. 

It didn’t take Sheffield too long to restore the two-goal advantage, as two minutes after the break Newsham grabbed his second, getting on the end of a defence splitting pass from Gascoigne to hit the ball on the run leaving Gerstenberger standing. 

Any thoughts this was going to turn into a cakewalk for the Englishmen were soon put out of the mind, as Abdelrahim tore beyond the Sheffield defence, only to squander his shot at the last moment. 

That warning soon came to fruition, on the hour mark Christopher Pokowietz burst through the defence to set Abdelrahim one-on-one with Ingham, with the Lipsia man dropping a shoulder before slotting the ball into the corner of the net. 

Sheffield still looked a potent threat with substitute John Dawes’ shot being deflected over the bar, following build up from Yates and Fairhurst, whilst Winter drove an effort not too far off target. 

The equaliser came 10 minutes from time, when the lanky Pokowietz dispossessed Gascoigne 20 yards out before driving an effort that rattled the bar, with Matti Hann tapping in with Ingham stranded. 

Despite the oppressive humidity both teams pressed valiantly for a late winner, however neither could find the goal that would have been harsh on the opposition, with both teams applauded from the field by appreciative crowd. 

SV Lipsia 93: Gerstenberger, Kuhne, Nitzsche, Lohmeier, Wadewitz, Knoebel, Unger, Stamer, Premßler, Geigenmüller, Abdelrahim. Subs: Baum, Clauß, Krenzlin, Meyer, Berger, Bayer, Fischer, Stöckmann, Aydinbas, Pokowietz, Hann. 

Sheffield FC: Ingham, Turner, Kay, Winter, Lawrence, Yates, Mackie, Gascoigne, Fairhurst, Newsham, Gregory. Subs. Roney, Wright, Osborne, Mohammed, Dawes, Smith. 

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Attendance: 
1000

Players

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Andrew Gascoigne © more
Anthony Mackie
63
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James Gregory more
6 Darryl Winter O more
Jamie Ingham more
Julian Lawrence
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Marc Newsham
63
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Benjamin Turner more
Jamie Yates
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Waide Fairhurst
72
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James Kay more
Substitutes
Squad Player Goals
Gavin Smith
72
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John Dawes
63
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Matt Roney
66
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Ehsan Mohammed
63
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Leon Osbourne
72
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