Match Report: Men's Blues 5-4 Loughborough

Following last week’s dramatic win over Nottingham, the Blues were keen to continue the momentum against Loughborough, who had just come off the back of a draw with Cambridge. However, the Blues got off to the worst possible start as Loughborough pinched the ball from kick off and went 1-0 up within 30 seconds. Perhaps slightly stunned, the Blues struggled to get into a good rhythm, but the equaliser came midway through the first half thanks to a powerful Jack Witt header following Wulfie Bain’s pinpoint cross. Soon later the Blues went 2-1 up as Mo Eghleilib gambled on a misplaced back-pass and was duly rewarded with a vacant net to open his account for the season (which he celebrated in true Cristiano Ronaldo fashion as though he’d hit a 40 yard screamer).  

The second half is where the madness really began. First, Mo darted at the near post to turn it home neatly for his second following an exquisite cross from Jamie Shaw. 3-1 Blues. But as is often the way in football, momentum can change in a heartbeat, and the Blues surrendered their two goal lead at the hands of two controversial penalties in a matter of minutes. Fortunately this anguish was short lived as Sam Hale rose highest at a free kick to put the Blues back in front almost immediately, before Takahiro Tsunoda pounced on a goalkeeping blunder to make it 5-3 to the Blues. Although Loughborough scored late on to set up a nervy finish, the Blues held out at 5-4 to make it two wins from two for the season, in a game where the real winners were the legions of loyal supporters who came to watch such an exciting spectacle.

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