Half Moon rescue dramatic draw with late equaliser

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After an unceremonious exit from the County Cup last week at the hands of Queen Adelaide Reserves it was back to league action for Half Moon with a derby visit of Nabb Inn.

Nabb Inn have had a mixed start to this season to date, but recently have had an influx of new players and have started to put some results together to push themselves up the league table.

They too were beaten soundly by Queen Adelaide Reserves in an earlier round of the County Cup.

At the start of the first half, as both teams were getting the measure of each other, it soon became apparent early doors that the match had a referee who was in no way lenient and gave no room for error.

Half Moon got in to their stride quicker than Nabb and deserved their early lead when striker Kyle Lester nipped between Nabbs centre back and keeper and poked the ball home.

But, to their credit, Nabb got back on track quickly and equalised straight away when they broke on the counter attack and scored a simple goal.

They then went on to score two more before half-time, befere they were reduced to 10 men.

Not for the first time this season, Half Moon showed a grit and determination which is fast becoming a trademark and brought this never say die attitude out for the second half.

The next goal was going to be crucial for both sides and it was the Moon who scored it when striker Calum Curtis skipped through the Nabb defence to score with his right foot.

But Nabb retained their two goal cushion soon after when they scored from a rare second half attack.

A free-kick from centre-back Rob Neale just outside the penalty area went in to make for a good finale.

Half Moon then secured a dramatic point when debutant Declan Baxter fired through a crowd of players from close range.