District boys grab last-gasp win
10 November, 2017 — By Steve Barnett
The team who showed ‘unbelievable character’ in their fight-back, scoring a last-gasp winner in the final seconds of the match
THE Islington and Camden District football team showed their battling spirit on Saturday when they came from behind to win away at Medway in the English Schools’ Trophy.
The boroughs’ boys got off to the worst possible start in the pouring rain when a defensive mix-up gifted Medway the lead.
It looked like it was going to be one of those days when Sammy Djilli’s thunderous free kick came back off the upright. But the ball fell kindly for Djidji Rodrigues, who reacted quickest to smash home the equaliser and send the teams in at the break level pegging.
Medway looked to have won it late on when they bundled a free kick across the line with only minutes to go.
But in a frantic final four minutes Islington and Camden hit back to earn themselves a memorable victory.
Rodrigues coolly finished off a one-on-one to again pull the scores level following good work by Djilli.
With extra time looming, Freddie Lambert forced a good save from the goalkeeper after finding space on the edge of the box. The ball came out to the excellent Djilli, who calmly dinked it into the back of the net.
Manager Marc Stocking said: “I don’t think the boys were at their best and the weather conditions really didn’t help. But we showed unbelievable character to come from 2-1 down with only four minutes left on the clock.
“The boys should be so proud of the way they battled back and the way they never gave up. We are a good team and we’re all hoping for a good season.”