RCF survive Lyon onslaught to build lead
Racing Club de France produced an excellent
final 25 minutes to win their top of the table clash with Lyon, restoring their
five-point lead after the gap had closed a week earlier.
Second placed Lyon started much better,
controlling the ball and showing very good structure. They kept the pressure on
and latched onto a miscontrol high up the pitch with Guillaume Pin scoring.
Racing reacted well to level via Nicolas
Martin-Brisac with an assist from his younger brother Simon. Lyon continued to
attack with their key players Jean Baptiste Forgues and Gaspard Baumgarten to
the fore. Pin restored the lead from a corner for 2-1 at half-time.
The Parisian hosts changed up in the second half
but Lyon, initially, went the closer to adding to their total. After weathering
the storm, Racing got back level with Simon Martin-Brisac’s scoring after an
individual action with a reverse-stick shot.
From there, they played some good hockey and
greather efficiency. Jacinto Domingo scored a beautiful deflection and, toward
the end with space more available, Dylan Dominik added two more goals – one from
a corner, the other from play - for a 5-2 win.
The chasers both could not fully capitalise,
though, as St Germain and Paris Jean Bouin – third and fourth before the day’s
play – drew 1-1. Spanish forward Guillem Roig score for St Ger from a corner
but Sacha Bernat earned a fourth draw from eight games for PJB.
Lille moved up to fourth with a 6-1 win over
Wattignies with Etienne Tyvennez scoring four times. Montrouge are also back in
contention for a top four place thanks to a 2-1 win at Le Touqyet with Clément
Baccar giving them the win.
Picture: Greg Redding