Round 4 saw the much anticipated rematch between the Philadelphia Fight and the Northern Virginia Eagles. The Fight wasted no time asserting their dominance. In the first set of the game, halfback Rich Henson kicked a 40-20 to give the Fight great field position. Mike Garvey went over the line on his first touch of the game. Mike Timpano converted once again. Timpano went 9 from 9 in Round 4. To date, Timpano has only missed 1 attempt at goal, shooting at a staggering 97%!
The Fight continued their assault with tries from Timpano, Joel Beasley and Roman Lowery. By the 10 minute mark, the Fight controlled the game 24-0. NOVA was finally able to crack the Fight’s defense with smooth offloads in the middle of the field in the 22nd minute mark.
The Fight quickly answered back with a tries from Tristan Sylk and John Evangelista. At half time, the score line read an ugly 36-6.
In the second half, NOVA seemed to pick the play up a bit, scoring a try on the Fight’s left hand edge with their first possession. The Fight’s play then seemed to dip for a period of time. Unforced errors and penalties went against the Fight, allowing NOVA to score once more. NOVA were beginning to claw themselves back into the game. At the 50 minute mark, The Fight led 36-16.
The Fight, were able to pick themselves back up on their next possession, as Sylk went over for the second time in the match; however, that did not deter NOVA from keeping the score line close. NOVA scored another try of yet again another Fight error. This seemed to be too little too late, as Garvey went over for his second of the game.
At full time the scores read 54-24 to the Fight.
The Fight saw a lot of quality play from players all over the pitch. Front rowers Zac Reichenbach (who started his first game for the Fight), Sam Pearce (who played his first match for the Fight), Paul Quirk and James Coleman did a lot of quality work both in attack and defense. After sitting out last week, Brian Madden’s fine form was evidence throughout the afternoon. The diminutive forward, as usual, put in a fine defensive show. Tristan Sylk looked strong. His deceptive quickness allowed him to gain a lot of meters for the Fight and scored two tries.
Both second rowers played phenomenally well. Fraser Stirling provided a lot of leadership throughout the match, settling the nerves of the younger forwards. Casey, as usual was a flat out beast in this match. He used his brute strength to dominate any physical area.
Outside backs, John Evangelista and John Lyons, put in a lot of hard work, helping the Fight gain some ground in their own end. Dave Walters also helped get the Fight out of trouble with some strong defense and powerful running. Mike Garvey was the x-factor for the Fight in this one. He did it all, defended, scored tries and took hitups all game.
Next week the Fight travel to Bucks County to take on the Sharks.
Tries: Garvey (2), Sylk (2), Evangelista, Henson, Beasley, Timpano, Lowery
Goals: Timpano (9)
1st Half Score: 36-6
Fulltime Score: 54-24
Man of the Match: Mike Garvey
Player’s Player: Fraser Stirling
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