Another goal-fest as Langley and Kidlington make it 16 goals in two games

Jamie Di Guiseppe.
Jamie Di Guiseppe.

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Langley and Kidlington Reserves produced another six goals in this Uhlsport Hellenic League Division One East on Friday night at Arbour Park in Slough after sharing 10 in the reverse fixture earlier in the season.

Both played some neat football out from defence with Jamie Di Giuseppe eager to receive the ball for Langley trying to influence the way East Berkshire side played although at times the home sides midfield too often either ran into cul de sac or gave the ball away.

When the wide men of Langley, Levi Thackeray and Harry Farnan got the ball you could see the danger but the only time forward Dean Papali down the middle got the ball the assistant referee had his flag up.

Kiddy themselves played from defence into the lively Soares on the right who was linking up well with skipper Nielsen, both got success with diagonal balls for the left winger to get onto. 

Langley fell behind though after 18 minutes, Owen Cox with a well-taken opportunity to give Kidlington a 1-0 lead. Langley, who shaded possession, won a free kick on the edge of the Kidlington area when the energetic Jonathan Mackrill was fouled. The free-kick found its way through the wall but lacked the power to trouble keeper Dunmall who quickly started a counter-attack leading to Mohammed Riaz giving away a needless free-kick on the edge of the Langley penalty area. The kick was expertly taken by Stefan Neilsen finding its way around the wall with keeper Bikramjit Khaira unable to prevent a second goal after 27 minutes. 

Langley’s Dean Papali. Photo: Andrew Batt.

Langley got themselves one back on 40 when an excellent ball from the right found Papali in space between the otherwise tight central defenders to place his header out of reach into the corner of the net to leave it 2-1 to the visitors at half time.

Langley began the second half with a tactical change, moving the influential of Di Giuseppe into midfield. This worked to good effect when after 55 minutes, following goal area pressure the ball fell to Thackeray, 15 yards out, who lofted the ball over keeper Dunwell who’s attempt to save took the ball away from the defender on the line who couldn’t prevent the ball ending up in the back of the net.

Kidlington brought youngster Archie Brew on after 65 and he was too prove a handful for the Langley back three but it was the home side who on 75 got in front with a well-taken goal for my man of the match Di Giuseppe.

It was short-lived joy though as immediately Kidlington scored with a terrific effort from Morton to bring the scoring to an end despite chances missed at either end during the remaining 15 minutes with referee Isaac Blakey and his team contributing to an entertaining game.

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