It was alwys clear that - with more than six regulars out because of injuries or travel commitments - the match against runners up Real Ale would be a daunting task. And so it was. Without taking anything away from our opponents' very strong performance and intellgent play, this match could have gone either way had the ref given a clear goal after a long throw towards the end of the first quarter. The ball had crossed the line by half a yard. Surely, Real Ale's goalkeeper, who otherwose had a great day with some magnificient saves, knows .... Instead, an immediate counter attack, paired with a massive individual defensive error, allowed Real Ale to equalize Benny's earlier goal. The second half started with another goal from Benny, but unfortunaetly Glenn, our MoM and midfield dynamo who orchestrated each and every of our attackng moves picked up an injury. So we found ourselves on the backfoot for most of the final 20 minutes. Cuong managed to keep an almost certain goal out but a corner kick soon thereafter resulted into the equalizer - not undeserved given Real Ale's pressure, but still rather unfortunate as it was an own goal. And as if a goal not given, an injury of our anchor player and an own goal weren't enough, it got worse: With two minutes to go, and our team asking the Real Ale defense amd their goalie plenty of questions, the ref didn't give an indirect free kick for what was a crystal clear back pass to their goalie. Instead the match continued, resulting in the 2-3, following which one of our players lost it and got himself red carded. Notwithstanding the at times idiosyncratic and fateful refereeing, this lack of discipline should not happen on a fotball picth in what was an intense, physical yet always civilised game of football. Once again thanks to Real Ale for the good game and the challenge. We glady accept and look forward to the rematch.