Currie Star turned in a determined performance to overcome the challenge of Easthouses FC in a closer match than the 5-2 scoreline suggests. Easthouses took the lead before Currie equalised and added two more. Despite halving the arrears just before half time Easthouses were squeezed out in the second half.
Both sides took a bit of time to settle into the game but it was Currie who managed to fashion the first chance. Marcus Forbes chased a through ball and was very close to reaching it first but for a timely intervention from Scott Nelson in the Easthouses goal.
Easthouses took heed of the early warning and began to take control of the game. A corner on the far side forced Star ‘keeper Aaron Hamilton to tip the ball over the bar before the resultant corner was converted at the back post by Fraser McKimmie.
Currie responded to the goal by playing themselves into the game. Some slick passing in the midfield released winger Joseph Saddler down the left side. As the defenders came across to cover he slid the ball inside for Forbes to fire a shot but it bounced wide of the near post.
It wasn’t long however before Currie equalised. The ball broke fortuitously towards Douglas Stephens who collected it and rattled a low shot into the bottom corner from distance. A very well taken goal restored parity.
The goal lifted the confidence in the Currie side and they began to build some good possession although the forwards were well marshalled by the Easthouses defence.
Easthouses almost took advantage of the Currie pressing by hitting them on the counter attack. The ball was cleared to Mathew Duffy who played a ball into Zac Scally but his shot from outside the box was saved by Hamilton.
Currie’s striker Forbes was coming more and more into the game and managed to fashion himself a chance midway through the first half. The ball was played towards the corner and after good chasing he shifted the ball onto his right foot before firing a shot at goal. Nelson was equal to it though and saved low to his right.
Forbes did get himself onto the score sheet a few minutes later after good chasing again down the left. He won the ball and closed in on goal before rounding the ‘keeper and finishing into the far corner from a tight angle.
Currie added a third shortly afterwards when Saddler was played down the left side. His low dangerous cross was perfect for Callum Ritchie to run onto and dink over the onrushing ‘keeper to open up a two goal lead.
Currie continued to press forward and were nearly rewarded again when Forbes was played in towards the corner. Saddler made the run behind him and received the ball from Forbes but his shot narrowly escaped the far post.
Easthouses weren’t out of the game by any means and almost pulled a goal back. Andrew Nelson was released on the right and after breaking though the tackle sent a shot just wide of the near post.
Easthouses were determined to reduce the deficit before half time and they did just that. Robbie Finlay forced a corner on the far side and when Scally took it, the wind carried it beyond the ‘keeper and curled it nicely into the net. Not a type of goal you’ll see every week but it was a well taken corner all the same and set things up nicely for the second half.