Tuesday 3rd July 2012, at Carnarvon Street, Teversal
Teversal (Red) (1) 2
Chris Frain 18, Jamie Hudson 87 ... it was going in anyway before 'a Staveley defender' tried hooking it clear and got final touch, an OG if you must, but not on this blog ;-)
Staveley Miners Welfare (1) 3
Luke Forgione 40, Scott McGrory 65, Martin Brissett 78
All goal times approximate
Admission £2, Tournament programme £1, Attendance 65
Free full colour team sheet (thanks Keith!),
Ironically, Teversal White, are now scheduled to play Teversal Red in next Tuesday's first consolation match.
I thought I might bump into the keeper of the ON THE ROAD 2012-13 keys, at Carnarvon Street, but, in the event, he'd stayed at home ... no doubt watching Egg & Spoon racing on Channel 5, or some such similar minor sport ;-P
James Colliver was playing his first game for the Blues tonight and he was a little unlucky when Jez Mitchell latched on to the Staveley debutant's attempted clearance on 18 minutes and knocked the ball sideways across the face of goal for Chris Frain, who knocked home a simple chance from a yard out to give the home side the lead.
Luke Forgione fired the visitors back on level terms from 10 yards out shortly before half time, when a Joe Thornton corner, from out on the right wing, found it's way through a cluster of bodies in the Tevie penalty area and sat up nicely for the visitors number 5 to drill it home.
Half time 1-1
15 minutes into the second half , the referee, Wayne Gray, awarded Staveley a penalty, at the Tesco Trolley Park end of the ground.
Simon Barraclough had obviously been watching Euro 2012 for some pointers and he adopted the technique Andrea Pirlo had used in the quarter final penalty shoot out against England. Unfortunately, he executed his attempt with the kind of precision Ashley Young had used on that same fateful night in Kiev ... and the score remained 1-1, as a replacement ball was thrown onto the pitch, for Danny Herring to take the goal kick with.
One of Staveley's subs, Danny Brissett, made a real nuisance of himself after coming on and was giving the Teversal defence plenty to worry about.
On 65 minutes he put over an inch perfect cross for Scott McGrory, who gave visitors lead from close range.
Brissett himself, then gave Staveley a two goal cushion, when he burst forward, a full 40 yards, on his own, took the ball round Danny Herring and coolly fired home with a brace of Tevie defenders closing in on him.
It didn't look as though the 'penalties if scores are level after 90 minutes' rule would come into play now ... and Simon Barraclough was probably quite happy about that.
Staveley had a couple of chances to put the game beyond their hosts reach, but didn't take them ... and it looked as though they were going to have to settle for a 3-1 win.
However, with three minutes remaining, Jamie Hudson found a couple of yards of pace to beat the Blues offside trap, and got free inside the visitors area.
He miscued his effort, but it was goal-bound anyway.
If he'd struck the ball truly, the wrong-footed Staveley player who tried hooking the ball off the line, might have done better with it, instead of merely getting a vainglorious touch on the ball as it went in.
They all count. Hudson will want to claim it, Anon. of Staveley won't ... so that's that sorted then ;-)
Staveley MW, now face Sutton Town AFC, in Monday night's semi final at Carnarvon Road (7.45pm kick off).