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Matchup Review for Canaries @ Villains

By Sam A
Tuesday 8th November 2011
Hey Sports Fans! Welcome to the inaugural CanariesSoccer matchup review for the ballgame featuring Canaries @ Villains.

Saturday 5th November saw Norfolk Canaries travel to the mid-west to face off against established EPL Franchise Birmingham Villians. Canaries were headed into this matchup on the back of a Three versus Three tiegame @ The DeliaDome versus Rovers. In that matchup Canaries had to rely on a final minute G. Holt P.K. to secure a valuable ballgame point after poor de-fense coordination allowed Rovers to convert two score attempts in quick succession. Villains have enjoyed a reasonable start to the EPL-National-Series, which saw them going into this ballgame at 9th in the Divisional Standings.

The first quarter saw Canaries start as the stronger franchise, with midfield-linesman A. Pilkington linking up well with score-attempt-converter S. Morison, only to be denied by an interception by Villains defensive-linebacker R. Dunne. It was then the turn of Villains to go onto the off-fense, with the ever-troublesome D. Bent quick-stepping inside the Canaries endzone, forcing an excellent prevention from J. Ruddy in the Canaries No. 1 jersey.

The second quarter saw Canaries take the lead following a personal foul just outside the Villians endzone. A. Pilkington dispatched an FK into the upper-ninety, beyond the reach of score-attempt-preventer S. Given. As the clock hit the 33 minute marker, G. Agbonlahor found D. Bent with a sideways pass across the Canaries 6 yard line, providing him with a conversion opportunity he couldn't miss.

At half time it was Canaries One, Villains One.

The start of the third quarter saw defensive-linebacker L. Barnett make an uncharacteristic mistake, selling J. Ruddy short with a reverse pass; G. Agbonlahor pounced and converted from inside the 18 yard line, making it Canaries One, Villains Two. The third quarter continued as it started, with pressure from the Villains midfield line causing all sorts of problems to the Canaries de-fense.

The fourth quarter began in earnest with Villains pressing hard, resulting in another D. Bent score attempt, a carbon copy of his first effort. Coach Lambert looked to introduce some new vigour into his franchise line-up, swapping E. Bennet for D. Fox, and W. Hoolahan for S. Jackson. His tactical changes paid off as S. Morison converted and upper-body-strike to make it Two versus Three. Canaries continued to press hard but as the buzzer sounded for the end of overtime, Villains secured all three-ballgame-points.

FT scoreline- Canaries Two, Villains Three.
Sam A

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