In freezing conditions, a record crowd came out in full force to support both sides and they were rewarded for their loyalty with a footballing treat! Payoneer scored a last gasp equaliser to clinch a 7-7 draw and secure a well-deserved point against Hammock.
An incredible atmosphere, and a quality game of football to match, this game will go down in the Fintech Football Championship history books. Payoneer started the brighter of the two sides and opened the scoring after some excellent footwork from the mercurial Joshua Harrop.
Captain Rajan Sokhal led with authority and maturity from midfield and showed that last week’s hat trick was no fluke, as he fired a powerful strike into the bottom corner of the Hammock net to double Payoneer’s advantage. That goal sparked Hammock into life and buoyed on by their vocal fans, Hammock grew into the game before a couple of moments of magic from danger man Ayo Akintunde tied the game up
Both teams were creating chances in abundance, and if it wasn’t for some excellent saves from both keepers, then this could have been a cricket score. The sides went into the interval drawing at 3-3, in a fiercely contested half.
An inspired half time team talk from the Hammock captain Jonathan Amoah seemed to have a big impact, they began the second half playing some excellent football, and they stormed into a 2-goal lead thanks so goals from Akintunde and Ruemu Abutoh.
As well as Hammock played they could never quite finish off this dogged Payoneer side. Sokhal's side showed great bounce-back-ability in what was a topsy turvy second half. Kola Adedoyin and Tosin Oke linked up well and both got on the scoresheet to even things up.
As the game reached a dramatic climax, Ruemu Abutoh thought he had scored the winner for Hammock with a tidy finish, only for Sokhal to rifle home a dramatic equaliser for Payoneer in the dying seconds, silencing the vociferous Hammock supporters.
A point a piece for Payoneer and Hammock, who will both surely be in the mix come the end of the season. Both sides remain invincible going into matchday three, and extremely sore going into the office on Friday morning.
Final Score: Payoneer 7 vs 7 Hammock
Man of the Match: Ayo Akintunde (Hammock)