This weekend’s results showed a marked improvement, with Casuals winning 4 of their 5 Indoor matches:
Yesterday morning the U13s got their revenge for last week’s defeat against Casa Pia B, winning 4-3. The Casuals still did not have its full strength team out but with their goalie back they were more confident and took a 2-0 lead into the interval, both goals coming from open play. The more experienced Casa Pia team pulled back to 2-2 after 5 minutes of the second half with two converted short corners. Casuals took the lead again from open play but Casa Pia equalized from an unlucky penalty given against a save off the line. However, a solo run from the back to the opposition goal regained the Casual’s lead, which they defended until the hooter.
In the afternoon the U18s took on Casa Pia, opening their account from a penalty corner after 4 minutes. After hitting the post at another corner, they increased their halftime lead with a tap in from a good cross from the right. Although Casa Pia pulled one back at the start of the second half, Casuals added two more goals for a solid 4-1 win.
The Ladies then played Belenenses in a game that was crucial to their hopes for reaching the National Finals. In a tight game they took a 1-0 lead into the break, but then conceded an equaliser early in the second half. This unsettled their game for a 10 minute spell, but Belenenses were unable to capitalise. Casuals then turned up the pressure again and eventually converted a penalty corner for an important 2-1 victory.
In the last game of the day, the Men were simply outclassed by Carris in the first half and reached the interval 0-5 down. To their credit they improved their positional play after the break and, with Carris relaxing a little, each team scored 2 goals with Carris winning the game 7-2.
This morning’s Men’s match against Futebol Benfica proved to be an absolute cliff-hanger: after going a goal down after 5 minutes, Casuals shook off the effects of the previous day’s game to play some fast passing hockey and run up a 4-1 advantage, with the fourth goal coming from a penalty corner on the stroke of halftime. Within a minute of the restart Futebol Benfica had started their revival, and within 7 minutes they had pulled level at 4-4.
From then on, there was a goal a minute: Casuals converted a penalty corner and scored from open play to lead 6-4. Their opponents reduced to 6-5 from their own penalty corner, only for Casuals to score a seventh goal from a tremendous passing move on the break. Two yellow cards in succession then left Casuals struggling a man down and Futebol Benfica took advantage, closing the gap to 7-6 and then replacing their keeper with a field player. But a brave and exhausted Casuals team held on for a memorable victory!