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SF1 First Leg: Agblangadan 1:1 Socsmait: Honors Even As Both Sides Fail To Take Chances

In the first Semifinal of the 18-man-squad tournament, Agblangadan faced off against Socsmait in a match that was widely expected to be a one sided one but that was not to be the case as Socsmait held them off to a 1-1 draw away from home to give them the advantage on away goals going into the second match.

The match started in frantic fashion with both sides attacking each other from the off but it was Socsmait who will take the early lead.

They were determined to hit their opponents on the counter and it worked marvelously for them as they drew a 2v1 between Austin and the central defence and the forward did well to cut inside to his right foot and score.

Agblangadan replied almost instantly as lack of communication between Alexis and his goalkeeper caused Florentin get on the end of a cross from the right and equalize for his team via a header.

Socsmait still stuck to their game plan of counter attacking with the two forwards Austin and Maxwell combining well and they almost regained the lead when Maxwell played in a superb ball but Austin couldn’t get it under control.

Not long after, it seemed like Agblangadan had regained their lead when Florentin found space to head home again but the goal seemed to have been wrongly chalked off for offside.

Agbalngadan then had a set piece opportunity as Sunday couldn’t convert a free header from close range as he missed the target.

Socsmait continued to threaten on the counter as Isiah, who was tasked with being the link between the defence and attack took the ball forward and played Maxwell through, who in turn crossed low for Austin who finished poorly. It was a good move which deserved better.

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After the concession of the first goal, Socsmait’s goalkeeper looked shaky for the remainder of the first half and he almost cost his side a second when he once tried to claim a cross he couldn’t get near with the ball falling to Agblangadan Striker Sunday whose shot was brilliantly blocked by Bonucci denying a certain goal.

In the second half, Agblangadan had a flurry of chances early on with the Socsmait goalkeeper having to make 5 top saves in quick sucession to deny them with the eye catching one being a save which he made from Alain whose shot bounced wickedly off the floor making the parry even better.

Socsmait then had another brilliant chance and it was once again the combination between Maxwell and Austin as the former played in another accurate low cross but the latter couldn’t control thus missing another good chance.

Agblangadan continued to press and press for a winner but most the chances and shot attempts they created were mostly from long range as they couldn’t carve open the Socmait defence which was more rigid in the second than in the first.

The game ended honors shared as Socsmait grabbed the all important away goal to put them in the driving seat going into the return leg on tuesday.

Match Stats

Agblangadan Socsmait

Possession: 66℅ 34℅

Shots (on): 23(12) 2(1)

Shot accuracy: 52% 50%

Conversion rate: 16.6% 100%

Fouls: 5 7

Yellow cards: 1 3

Red cards 0 0

Offsides: 1 2

Corners: 12 2

Keeper Saves: 1 6

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