RD2 '19: Demons vs Raiders (Men's Conference)

Tony White | 19.05.19

Clapham Demons 6.5.41 def. by Shepherds Bush Raiders 6.7.43

Just like G at the Epsom Derby it was a tale of two halves for the Magoos. Fast out of the blocks but faded slowly. In what was terrific but ultimately disappointing result, the boys showed real fight with plenty of positives to take out of the day. 

A fast start by the Dees, as players were clearly reaping the rewards of turning up at 9am rather than still being out at 9am, saw the Dees gain the ascendency with early sausage roles. Gazelle Rundell got on the end of a few and was clunking everything that came his way.  Liam Hunter was everywhere and after a full pre-season throwing some serious tin, Jay Moore put the pipes to use winning stoppage after stoppage.

Ki Currie, in what was his best game for the club relished his role as captain, repelling each of the raiders attacks. First gamers Chocka and Big Max acquitted themselves nicely, as the Dees went into the main break with a handy 4 goal lead. 

Knowing the Raiders weren’t going to lay down, the real test was yet to come. And that it did. The second half was a real arm wrestle with neither team giving an inch. With his John Barnes circa 90’s hair style, James Royes lead the way for the Dees. The flowing blond locks commanded the centre stoppages in a best on ground display.

The Raiders were coming and when injuries struck it was backs against the wall. With 1 on the bench, holding on to 4 point lead, it was the raiders who went bang with a minute on the clock.

Whilst we didn’t get the points, one of the better performances I’ve seen. A great team effort and plenty to the build on for the year. Well done fellas.

On to the Derby!

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