It wasn't 90 minutes that will live long in the memory for the 35 people who watched London Colney and Milton Keynes Irish last night - it which was a game that was slightly bad tempered and tetchy at times. London Colney, under manager Jack Metcalfe, had been narrowly beaten by Newport Pagnell Town in the FA Vase on Saturday with the visitors also going out of the Vase in a 2-0 defeat at Step Six side Ipswich Wanderers.
The game was won by an impressive individual goal by Wilberforce Ocran in the second half. He had had a close range effort well save by Jack Taylor in the Irish goal in the first half. Ocran collected the ball outside of the box and dribbled the ball around the advancing keeper to slot the ball into the net. The 22 year old who spent two years as a professional with Charlton Athletic between 2018 to 2020 has recently signed on a dual registration basis with Isthmian League Premier Division Hornchurch FC where he has recently been featured on their bench.
The talking point in the game came just after half time when Colney's Callum Ismail and Irish's Rob McDonald were bother booked. The incident is below - In modern football you could argue both maybe should of bee sent off - but the referee did well in calming things down and issuing two yellow cards.. see what you think?
MK Irish pushed for an equaliser towards the end of the game but found a hard working London Colney difficult to break down - when they did they found Marcus Klepka in the home goal in good form and making some good saves.
The Irish will want to put this game behind them in their home game against Tring Athletic on Saturday. London Colney travel to Harefield United who drew 2-2 at home to Aylesbury Vale Dynamoes last night.
Jack Metcalfe is building a good young side at London Colney - It would be good to see a few more people through the turnstiles at Cotlandswick. They have average just 36 people in their eleven home league and cup games so far this season.