After a spectacular start to the Fall, the Green Horde was exposed to their first taste of defeat when they crossed into the godless land known as Pittsburgh. In a match marred by questionable calls, insufficient field conditions and adverse weather conditions the Green Horde was handed a loss that left them bitter and angry. Those feelings were fresh when Pittsburgh came to Cleveland and went to battle with the ESRFC on the Metro Parks Pitch.
Pittsburgh brought big forwards, strong defense and, of course, the rain. Through a combination of patience, fitness and a very accurate kicker the ESRFC was able to more than able to provide answers for these and secure a win on their home turf. Throughout the entire 80 minutes the Green Horde kept their heads about them and stuck to their game plan and let the referee call the match – well as much as can be expected with the peanut gallery on the sidelines. They bashed their way into Pittsburgh territory and left with points just about every time. The match broke open during the final moments of the match when the Green Horde’s offense opened up their visiting side to a point where Nick Musarra was able to subvert their backline defense for a try and Dave Dragunas was able to power through them for a five-pointer of his own. Not only was Nick Viviani able to convert add on to the two late tries, but he padded his team’s score early on with three penalty kicks.
In the end, the Green Horde came away 26 – 17 victors.
Now, the ESRFC sits at the top of the table, with five wins and a single blemish to their names. The next match stands to be another test. They take on a tough Detroit Tradesmen on the road. The Tradesmen are almost a mirror image of the Green Horde in the standings. They are 5 and 1 as well. The only difference is in the overall points, with the advantage going towards Cleveland.
The match should be a tough one, and it is arguably the biggest one of the season. Kickoff in the rubble formerly known as the Motor City is at 1:00pm.
See you at the pitch.