One hour later than originally scheduled, the annual football match between the AU football side and the IMS Allstars got underway on Holywell. Allstars coach Dr Peter Simmons expected the match to be a formality and that his side were fortunate to be involved in such an occasion.
The match itself was not a formality. After a tense opening five minutes the Allstars got into their stride making early inroads as they pushed the AU side back, but were limited to opportunities from set pieces. In what was proving to be a highly physical encounter the Allstars fashioned the first chance when a header was put just wide from a corner.
This narrow miss seemed to spur the AU side into action and they enjoyed good possession, but just like the Allstars they were given little room around the box. This was until a clumsy challenge was made from the Allstars centre-back inside their own penalty area and the referee had no choice but to point to the spot.
Josh Thompson, the Allstars keeper, was not discouraged and managed to produce a fine penalty save to keep the score at 0 – 0. However, he was fortunate a couple of minutes later when he appeared to clip the opposition striker, again inside the penalty box, but the referee waved this appeal away. This ended what was a very tense first half.
The second half continued in much the same fashion, with possession changing regularly. But neither side were able to carve out a clear cut opportunity. The half came alive when the AU keeper was forced to pull off an acrobatic save from a long shot and then immediately at the other end when the Allstars keeper equaled his opposite number to maintain the stalemate.
With about five minutes left on the clock Pierre Naudo, from the AU, latched onto a through ball, rounded the keeper and slotted the ball home to give the AU side the advantage with time running out.
This was to be the last significant action of the game, and perhaps the Allstars were unlucky to be undone right at the end, a draw may have been a fair result. However, this is sport and there has to be a winner.