St. Panteleimon FC played 3 League matches within a period of 7 days.
On Saturday 13 January played the 3rd and very tough game against London Utd away at New River, North London. Struggling to find a rhythm and string of passes the Saints were outplayed for stretches of time.
Lingering on the ball too long created frustrations in the team, and this was not how the Saints normally play. The fluid passing and quick movement was missing. Very few chances in the first half ended in a disappointing 0-0.
A hard team talk at half time and the positive influence of the Manager George Frangeskou did the trick, as Nick Salapatas scored within one minute of the restart. 0-1 to the Saints to the relief of the Manager and fans.
Better passing and movement allowed the Saints to relax more, and play their normal passing game.
A few more chances came and went, with the Saints feeling more in control.
London Utd received a red card for poor discipline.
Robert Katsikas hit the post with a controlled shot. A great through ball put Salapatas through but he shot wide. Move and after move followed in on goal, but without the end result.
A headed Salapatas goal deemed offside. Ayub Albadri made some stunning runs on the right going past players and creating chances. Thus, he was proclaimed Man of the Match. Javonne Molloy shot just over the bar.
A hard fought win. It ended 0-1. 3 points and feeling very happy.
Photo credit: Erin Zhang!