Guernsey FC show their fighting spirit

THE Green Lions put in a performance full of pride but fell to a narrow defeat at second-placed Uxbridge on Saturday.

Guernsey FC captain Ross Allen takes a shot against Uxbridge on Saturday. (Picture by ESA Photos, 30225620)
Guernsey FC captain Ross Allen takes a shot against Uxbridge on Saturday. (Picture by ESA Photos, 30225620)

Goals from captain Ross Allen and in-form midfielder Kieran Mahon were not quite enough to earn Guernsey FC a point at Honeycroft as the home side won 3-2.

Although missing several players, including three of the defenders who had started three days earlier against league leaders Bracknell Town, Tony Vance’s side played some fine football at times and were slightly unfortunate to have to play catch-up for much of the game.

Juwon Akintunde gave the hosts the lead after half-an-hour having found himself with a clear run at the near post after being picked out by Mahlondo Martin, and the No. 10 tucked past Josh Addison.

The GFC keeper then made an excellent double save to keep it at one but right on the stroke of half-time the visitors were dealt a sucker-punch as Ryan Haugh bundled the ball in at the far post.

Allen came up with a response within seconds of the turnaround as his shot from an nigh-on impossible angle found the net via the post to halve the deficit.

GFC continued to battle well, but could not apply the finish and as the game entered the last 10 minutes Uxbridge looked to have wrapped up the game when Martin converted a penalty.

The Green Lions did give their travelling support something else to cheer, though, three minutes into added-on time. Substitute Carlos Canha had flung himself acrobatically at Charlton Gauvain’s cross and it dropped kindly for Mahon to stick it in from close range.

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