Rawlinson strikes to Old Victorians’ delight
A SOLITARY strike from Ben Rawlinson secured Rathbones Old Victorians their second Upton title in three years on Saturday.
A nail-biting encounter that could have gone either way was decided with ten minutes to play when the Island striker fired a penalty corner shot into the bottom right corner of Colombians’ goal to seal victory.
Although the visitors could well have claimed victory at Les Quennevais, the result was ultimately a fair representation of the match.
OVs started excellently, and bossed play for the first 20 minutes but for all their play, the hosts were unable to fashion any meaningful chances in front of goal.
As the half continued, Colombians began to settle and looked particularly dangerous on the break.
With the match still goalless deep into the second period, OVs pushed on in an attempt to break the deadlock and as the visitors tired, the Jersey champions began to create more opportunities. Yet still they couldn’t find the breakthrough.
As Convicts’ penalty corner count grew, finally they found the score they craved as Rawlinson’s drive clattered into the backboard.
With a one-goal advantage, and less than ten minutes on the clock, OVs sat back and closed out the victory.