MIDDLESEX LEAGUE DIVISION TWO Barn Elms...........................1 FULHAM DYNAMOS............0
Fulham Dynamos' first foot of the new year should have been in their mouths after players lost their rag, first with each other, and then the ref.
Secretary Bill Dixon could only fret and fume from the touchlines on Saturday as his side imploded, having finished 2008 with two quarter-final cup wins.
A third straight win disappeared when defender Mark Sexton got a straight red for a reckless challenge, and Tom Adams joined him on the sidelines following his persistent verbal rant at the ref.
But it clearly wasn't going to be Dynamos' day when they fell to the only goal of the game from the penalty spot on the 29th minute.
The black-and-white striped players protested long and loud about the 12-yarder, but Barn Elms marksman James Collins calmly converted the gift.
Mark and Nick Adams tried to make up for their younger brother's lip, and Nick was inches away with the best chance of the match in injury time.
Dixon said: "The constant arguing among ourselves and the distinct loss of discipline cost us the match."