Nov. 9, 2019 -- The Flash finished their fall season with a physical, back-and-forth match against Marple Newtown at Heebner Park, ultimately dropping the contest 3-1 -- a result identical to when the teams met back in September.
In the first half, Colin won the ball off goal kicks multiple times to generate scoring chances. On one play, he passed to Tyler, who crossed wide to Jackson for a shot. Aidan played well in goal, making several stops. When Marple Newtown got the ball in deep, Aidan beat the attacker to the ball and cleared it to the sideline. Later, Tyler hit a strong cross from the right side that almost connected with Owen in the box. The game was scoreless until Marple Newtown put in a rebound off a shot that hit the post at the 22-minute mark. They added a second goal, again off a rebound, five minutes later. Aidan made two consecutive saves on the play, but the defense couldn't clear the ball in time.
The Flash came out of the break with good energy, looking to make a comeback. Will had a shot on goal, followed by a corner kick by Tyler. Charlie made a tough save in goal and dove on the rebound as a Marple Newtown forward closed in. Marple Newtown scored their third goal off a penalty kick after a take down in the box. As the game got more physical, the Flash stepped up their level of play. Good work in the middle by Avinh led to a corner kick by Aidan. Ezana had a shot on goal, and Avinash stepped up with a big shot from far out.
The Flash ended the game on a positive note, scoring with under four minutes to play. Colin had a long run down the right side that led to a corner kick. He took the kick and sent a good ball into the box, where Avinh crashed the net and kicked the ball out of the air into the net for a goal.
The Flash completed their 2019 Central League schedule with a 3-4-2 record. The team played hard all season against strong competition across the league, as evidenced by a very even 13 goals scored and 13 goals allowed. One of the highlights of the season was a 3-game shutout streak in late September and early October, along with a good showing at the Al Perlini tournament. The team played some extremely close games, with six of their nine league contests decided by one goal or less. The team will take a short break before resuming training in the winter.