Results: Riga United FC vs. Monarhs-Flaminko
04 / 09 / 2015
UNITED FOUGHT BUT MONARCHS TOO STRONG
Gouglou 18, 34
With tired legs but much anticipation going into this game last night, Riga were hoping they could pull off a surprise victory. However, it wasn’t to be and the technical Monarchs team won the game 4-2.
This game was particularly noted for the referees lack of control and consistency of decisions as they players tempers flared at numerous points during the game. And whilst Monarchs should have had a player sent off, it was Riga who finished the game with 10 men as Kareem Gouglou was sent of for a rough but not red card worthy challenge.
Things were tough from the beginning when only 3 mins in monarchs got their first goal. The ball was lost in the United half and they played a through ball which sliced open the defence and it was 0-1.
It took 15mins of the game for Riga to find their feet in the game as they started looking to keep the ball patiently and gradually work it forward. Sorando came close with a shot from close range and Aliks hit the post from a corner.
On the 19th minute mark, Samaniego made a great run forward and took a fierce shot, the goalie failed to save but instead pushed it out to the dangerous feet of the ‘Moroccan Magician’ and still with some work to do, Gouglou fired off a fantastic shot which the goalie had no chance.
Searching for a second, Riga were trying to get the ball forward and Julian Lock fired a shot which hit the crossbar, Riga could surely count themselves unlucky. It was in the 35th minute that Riga were rewarded when Agebrant made a tenacious run into the box trying to keep the ball to his feet and managed to draw the defender into making a mistake. It was up to Gouglou to put it home, and he did to make it 2-1 and his 7th goal of the season.
However 3mins later, it was all square when a looping header came in from a throw. And one minute later with Riga completely switched off, it was now 2-3 to Monarchs.
As the halftime whistle blew, Monarchs were the more relieved team but it was United who were the more angry after some very nocuous challenges and off the ball activities from the Monarchs players.
Into the second half and Riga dropped the pace and started playing quite deep. That’s not to say through lack of trying. But Monarchs skill proved too good as they started to break the shape of Riga.
Riga were not able to get too many shots off, however, the fought for the ball well and overall did a decent job of defending. The 4th goal though came because no one got out quick enough to block the floating pass which came in and it was a headed fourth in the 72nd min.
The job did not get easier for Riga as in 78th min, Gouglou was sent off. So Riga played the last 10 minutes with 10 men. They looked to try and get a break on the counter but the tiredness took over. However, Monarchs also didn’t produce much in the way of creativity and the game peated out to the conclusion as Monarchs went away with a 4-2 win.
It can’t be helped but felt that if Riga had played like that in some of the previous games, they would have been higher up the table. The performance was solid and they will be disappointed how they lost the game in conceding the two quick goals but overall, they should hold their heads high as they battled till the end.
Macron’s Man of The Match: Anton Agebrant. He was getting fouled all game but with his pace and passing he kept going and kept on trying to create something.