3 Apr 2022
Warriors ran out 4–3 winners today, in a hotly contested Sunday evening game that went right down to the final whistle before they emerged victoriously.
Despite losing two players late on to injury, Coach Jaewoo was still able to field a strong team containing two new prospects having trial run-outs. The Warriors dominated the opening 25 minutes, going 2-0 up after a header from Richard Needham and a brilliant instinctive reaction to a rebound from Younes El-Rajfi. Despite this early dominance however, Warriors were slow to close down an advancing opponent just after the 25-minute mark, and a looping shot evaded the sparing dive of goalkeeper Tom Lakowski. ASFC then began to show their real quality as several substitutes changed the look and the overall intensity of their side. They were soon level after a slick move in midfield sent the striker through to tuck home a one-on-one chance. The game was level at the halfway point and finely balanced between two teams fighting hard.
In the second half, the pendulum swung to the Warriors, as first Tatsuya Kusano finished calmly after being slipped through, and then Younes El-Rafji stooped to get his second of the game, stretching to side foot home a cross from Donal Keane. Despite a late charge from ASFC, including the scoring of a superb freekick, Warriors showed great resolve to hold out for the win in what was a fiercely contested and at times hot-blooded Sunday evening game. Onto the next match!