Athleticno 3 -2 Renaissance
Renaissance have slipped to their first defeat of the season in an ill tempered encounter against Athleticno. The blues, with manager Rembrandt not in the dugout, had been leading late on 2-1, thanks to a brace from striker Michaelangelo. However, they were sucker punched by two quick goals (the first being controversial) and couldn’t find a way back.
It was not the best of starts by Renaissance. They lacked the intensity and cohesion found in their previous match, as Athleticno took the initiative. Around the fifth minute, the blues found themselves one goal down. Failing to stop an attack down their left side, an Athleticno player was allowed time to shoot past Xawfrus into the corner.
Renaissance rallied after this, and were soon back in it after good play from Da Vinci, who supplied Michaelangelo with the ammunition to fire the blues level. Moments later, an audacious effort from a corner nearly gave Renaissance the lead, but Scholesy’s volley cannoned off the bar and away to safety.
Michaelangelo grabbed his second of the game as Renaissance looked to turn the screw. He showed good strength to hold off several Athleticno defenders, before hitting a shot beyound the reaches of the opposition stopper. HT 1-2
Things were much tighter in the second half, as Renaissance looked to grab the killer third goal. Sadly for them, the game turned on a rather dubiously awarded free kick. Having seen out the initial free kick, the referee decided to have it retaken, perhaps for a minor scuffle, but more likely harmless handbags. This time, Athleticno found the net, putting them back into the match and leaving Renaissance rather bemused.
A minute or so later, it got worse for the blues. Failing to clear their lines, they allowed an Athleticno player the opportunity to cross into the box, and find a waiting colleague to smash his shot past the exposed Xawfrus.
Renaissance tried to regroup, but despite seeing Athleticno momentarily down to six players after a cyncical foul on Brunelleschi, they could not create any more clear cut chances. Athleticno, sensing the smash and grab, sat back, happy to stick on their hand. As the final whistle went, Renaissance could not hide their disappointment at a game they had ultimately thrown away. FT 3-2