Kingsway maintain their unbeaten run at home however will rue the result, having been 3-1 up before conceding two late goals to end with a draw after being reduced to 10 men.
The game started with Kingsway missing their top goal scorer and their manager. An ever-changing starting 11 and players playing out of position, partly enforced by recent absences, didn’t appear to help the side as they started poorly against the division’s bottom side. Kingsway were flat, throughout the first half, and were largely kept in the game by their keeper, Scott Moroney.
Scott pulled off some fantastic saves throughout the half to keep Kingsway from going down and facing an uphill struggle. Taverners Reserves were a strong and capable side, they posed considerable issues from set pieces as well as causing the majority of the problems in attack, throughout the first half. Kingsway, through the fantastic performance of the keeper and Taverners Reserves over-keenness to break lines just a tad early, meant the score was still at 0-0 coming into the latter phase of the half.
Kingsway did have a few chances, with the best before the opening goal coming from a corner kick and Charlie Gardiner having his header cleared off the line. However, it was a moment of magic from Jack McRae that opened the score. Sam Sysum laying the ball off into the centre off the pitch, from the left, for Jack McRae from 25 yards out to hit one into the bottom corner, leaving Taverners Reserves stunned given the balance of play.
There was not much to report in the half beyond the opener and Kingsway entered half time, knowing the lead was fortunate, if nothing else. Niall Finnegan, filling in the boots of Ryan McDonald on the sideline this week, made it clear in no uncertain terms that the level of performance was not good enough and rang the changes at half time.
A bold move was made in taking both recognised strikers off, and throwing Jack McRae into the fray as a striker given his well taken goal earlier in the game. The move appeared to pay dividends directly from the kick off. Jack McRae capitalising on a Taverners Reserves defensive error, to waltz into the box and slot beyond the keeper to double Kingsway lead.
Kingsway appeared comfortable as they worked themselves into the half however, individual errors opened the game back up for Taverners Reserves in the second half. A poor free kick from Tom Quick, trying to pass across the box, was snatched upon by the Taverners Reserves striker who gobbled up the chance to rifle past Scott Moroney and swing momentum back in Taverners Reserves favour.
The home side, under Ryan McDonald, have somewhat of a resilient streak and this was evident in their response. Jake Adams slipping Samuel Sysum through, shortly after Taverners Reserves goal, for the winger to rifle home from the edge of the box, on the angle, and restore Kingsway’s two goal lead. Sam Sysum will be delighted with his contribution, with the winger starting to purr into gear this season.
However, as was the issue with the first goal conceded in terms of individual errors, a moment of madness changed the game. Jake Adams lashed out with a kick, petulantly, after being provoked by a Taverners Reserves player. Upon review of the situation, the referee brandished a straight red for Jake Adams reducing Kingsway to 10 men. Jake Adams will be particularly disappointed, given previous disciplinary issues, and will be keen to ensure that his temperament improves over the season.
From this point, Kingsway’s game management was called into question; and they failed to answer.
Again, Kingsway’s saviour throughout the half was the man between the sticks, Scott Moroney who continued to produce fantastic save, after save, to keep Kingsway within touching distance of a result.
However having been reduced to 10 men with 25 minutes to go, Kingsway struggled to get of their half largely and didn’t seem to know how to best see the game out. Taverners Reserves punished the poor game management and lack of ideas with two goals, direct from corners following constant pressure in and around the area.
The game ended with Taverners Reserves in the ascendency after a final long ball into the box which Kingsway managed to, gratefully, scramble clear. If the game could be compared to a boxing bout, Kingsway were very much ‘on the ropes’ following the sending off and Taverners Reserves may feel a tad disappointed not have sealed all three points following their come back.
For the lads, the result is clearly a disappointment and a huge source of frustration. For a side who have aspirations of challenging for the league title, they will need to do much better if they are to recognise their ambitions. Having lost 4 points in 5 games already, the side will know individually, and collectively, they will need to do much more.
Kingsway look forward to making amends next week 🔴⚫️
MOTM: Scott Peroni – Kingsway’s shot stopper was at his very best today to keep the sides unbeaten home record intact. A very calm influence on the pitch, good with his feet and showed his quality today.
Some of the stops were sublime and it would have been a very long afternoon without him.