After the U18s beat Casa Pia 5-1 yesterday, the Men had to come from behind twice today for a draw against Juventude. After falling behind to a high strike after 7 minutes, they went level 10 minutes later, when a fierce backhand cross from Philip Wenzel was neatly tucked away at the far post by João Ralha. A silly mix-up in the Casuals’ defence allowed Juventude to take the lead again 15 minutes into the second half.
With Fernando Custódio, Fred Santos and André Teixeira working tirelessly in midfield, Casuals gradually took control of the game. But, despite several inviting crosses flashing across the visitors’ goalmouth, Casuals’ finishing was simply not up to scratch. After failing to take advantage of a host of penalty corners, Philip Wenzel finally drove one low inside the right-hand post for the equaliser. With Casuals wasting another clear-cut chance for a winner at the left-hand post in the final minutes, the game reflected some much improved team play, but a disappointment at the final 2-2 scoreline.