Renaissance 3-2 Purple Vein
Renaissance nearly snatched a draw from the jaws of victory in last night’s match against Purple Vein. The Blues, wearing their white away strip, should have won by a far more comfortable margin than the scoreline suggests.
Renaissance controlled the match for large periods and created enough openings to put the result beyond doubt but the manner in which they were hanging on at the end brought cause for concern to manager Coluccio. “That second half was simply not acceptable. After coming back from 0-1 down, we played some great stuff to make it 3-1. We then let in a fortuitous goal, and lost ourselves.”, he said. “We dominated the second half and should have been out of sight. Yet, we were in a position where one more goal could have given Purple Vein a ridiculous draw.”
Renaissance’s dominance was made clear from the start as they moved the ball around well and tested the Purple Vein goalkeeper with a couple of long range efforts from The Artist and Raffaello. However, The Vein took the lead against the run of play when tall forward Darren Harris found a modicum of space to manoeuvre himself despite the close attention of Da Vinci and swing an unstoppable left footed shot past the helpless Verrocchio.
Purple Vein were buoyed by the opening goal and came close to doubling their lead a minute later when an attacker again found space to shoot only for Verrocchio to deny him with a smart save. Purple Vein were finding much joy on the counter attack and looked like they could score each time they went forward. Renaissance found it difficult to cope with Purple Vein’s tactic of launching long balls for Harris to knock down towards onrushing midfielders, partly because Renaissance’s midfielders were often failing to track their opponents.
But Renaissance slowly regained composure and pulled level shortly before half-time when a blistering long range strike from Darren snaked its way into the net. Renaissance pulled ahead early in the second half when some clever footwork by Sam on the left wing found Raffaello on the edge of the box. The energetic Colombian drilled the ball home for his first goal of the season.
Things quickly went from bad to worse for Purple Vein. Sam did well to muscle his way in front of defender Stephen Groom before the Vein man cynically pulled him down when through on goal. Groom was sin binned and The Artist was on hand to bend a sweeping effort into the far corner of the net after receiving the ball from the resultant free-kick.
Two goals up and a man up Renaissance threatened to run riot. Raffaello and Darren, but especially Sam and The Realist missed gilt-edged opportunities to draw further ahead. But it was to be Purple Vein who breathed life into the encounter once more when a speculative effort from David Gilbey took a huge deflection off Da Vinci’s back before spinning over the hapless Verrocchio.
The goal set up a nervy final five minutes as Renaissance began to look shaky in defence. Verrocchio was called into action when a simple long ball over the top exposed Renaissance’s back line; Rembrandt pulled off an acrobatic leap to block a certain goal; and Purple Vein were finding plenty of space to exploit in midfield as Renaissance looked for a fourth goal. It was end to end fare and both Darren and The Realist came close to finding the killer goal but instead found the post with close range efforts.
Renaissance held on but next opponents Jason’s City will likely provide a sterner test.
Verrocchio; Rembrandt, Da Vinci; Raffaello; Darren, The Artist; Sam.
Subs: The Realist. Col and Brunelleschi (both unused)