Doodson Spports Cup – Round 2

Tuesday 2 December 2014

by Gary Owen

The Bloods could not repeat their first round success against Premier League opposition, as a resilient Marine side, despite their league struggles this season, held out for a deserved win at a chilly Butcher’s Arms.

The visitors created the first chances of the game, with Daniel Fearnehough shooting straight at Russell Saunders, before Alex Frost almost put through his own goal after Christian Langos had beaten Saunders in a race for the ball.

However, it was Joseph Conchie who notched the game’s solitary and winning goal, when he sprung a poor home offside trap to round Saunders for a tap in.

This finally sprang Droylsden into life and Marine stopper Matthew Cooper showed great reactions to tip the ball over once Adam Morning’s cross had taken a wicked deflection off Joel Bembo-Lita.  From the resultant corner, Cooper saved with his legs from Steve Hall’s effort.

The Bloods created sufficient chances to win the game in the second period, but their profligacy proved the difference between the two sides.

Firstly, Alex Frost was unlucky to see his 18 yard effort fly inches wide from Kevin Leadbetter’s low cross, but only Adam Morning will know how he failed to get any purchase from 6 yards out once Hall had nodded Leadbetter’s cross into his path in front of goal.

With ten minutes remaining, another Leadbetter cross struck Hall, but fell into the grateful arms of Cooper.  However, it was probably Michael Monaghan’s shot, striking the foot of the post after he had beaten two defenders, which perhaps summed up Droylsdsen’s frustrating night.



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