- James Smith
FIS Take All 3 Points, in Game of the Tournament Contender
After writing his name up in lights on matchday one, Chris O’Flaherty was once again the hero for FIS Global in matchday four as he notched another 7 goals in a thrilling 10-8 win against Onfido.
The game was billed as 'The Battle of the Frontmen', featuring the league's top 2 goalscorers, O'Flaherty and Eregar, and it's fair to say that neither player disappointed in what turned out to be a thrilling contest.
FIS came out the blocks flying, playing some excellent football, and rightly stormed into an early first half lead. They continued to assert their dominance on the match, and Rico registered a first half hat trick, much to the dismay of the Onfido defence. As the half time whistle sounded, and with the scoreboard reading 6-1, it would be fair to say that Onfido looked dead and buried.
However, in what we can only assume was a Sir Alex hairdryer inspired team talk, Onfido came out all guns blazing in the second half. A quickfire double from talisman Burak Eregar saw them reduce the deficit, and within 10 minutes of the restart, they took a shock 7-6 lead, with Rob Beale and Eregar doing most of the damage. The comeback was short lived though as FIS restored their lead almost instantly with two goals in quick succession, but Onfido came back with a swift reply of their own to tie the game at 8-8.
The atmosphere in the ground was electric, the game was in the balance and the points were very much up for grabs.
A moment of brilliance from the FIS keeper ensured that the scores stayed level, and in the dying minutes of the game, Global’s leading goal scorer O’Flaherty once again came up with the goods to put his side in the lead. With seconds left on the clock, Onfido adopted a gung-ho attacking approach, which backfired almost immediately as O’Flaherty helped himself to his seventh of the game and secured all three points for his side. A fitting conclusion to an excellent game!
Final Score: FIS 10 vs 8 Onfido
Man of the Match: Chris O'Flaherty (FIS)