Match report completed by Izaak Darvill.
With Long Road still searching for their first win of the season in the Uni League, they faced a strong Homerton side that should be their toughest opponents in the league.
Starting brightly, Homerton put Long under pressure early and looked on top in the opening stages. Held up well by an organised back line and well-structured midfield, Long managed to keep the attacks at bay.
Only to be un done by a long ball over the top, when Tom Plowman came rushing out, he gathered the ball well but only to fumble it into the path of a Homerton striker who tapped in from six yards, after Dylan Pearce, the Long Road Captain, didn’t stop in time and ran into Plowman, when trying to defend.
This goal sparked a lively response from Long, who for the middle part of the first half dominated possession and played some great passing football, unfortunately to no prevail. With Homerton winning a free kick in the middle third of the pitch, they sent the ball into the box and headed the ball in over an oncoming Plowman, however, there were some shouts for a push on Long defender George Gillies, but the referee was having any of it.
Starting the second half after a positive half time talk Long Road new the next goal was vital to get back into the game.
This goal came 10 minutes into the second half through a penalty taken with composure and accuracy from Tafari Passley, after Yameem Hoque, who played well after coming up from the second team, was tripped just inside the 18 yard box.
Now on top Long Road went to what they do best in playing the ball on the floor with few touches and getting into great attacking positions. After several exchanges of the ball between a group of the Long Road players, the ball was crossed in and only for a Homerton defender to send the ball flying into his own net.
2-2 with a 20 minutes left of the second half, Long Road were looking like the side to do the damage and secure an almighty come back and make it 3-2.
However, after a foul on the half way line, Tafari Passley ended up in a tussle with the Homerton captain, who was pushing him about. Retaliating, Tafari was ultimately sent off with the Homerton captain receiving a yellow card.
This turned the game on his head with Homerton having the extra man, they quickly went 3-2 up after a counter attack.
Extending their advantage to 4-2, Homerton scored with 5 minutes to play after some fast paced play.
Although losing for a third straight game in the University League, Long Road put on a strong performance in which they can take many positives from into next week. The final score Long Road 2, Homerton 4.