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The York League Cup – Junior Cup – 1st Round
FT: Cliffe FC 1 – 0 F1 Racing FC
Cliffe FC qualify for the next round of the York League Cup, beating F1 Racing FC by a single Luke Crowther goal.
Malcolm Bryce writes…
The first half remained goalless but Cliffe FC had the better of the goalscoring opportunities, with two half-chances falling to Steven Rowbottom, Andy Addison being fouled right on the edge of the penalty area and Dale Huntington having a header cleared off the line. As with previous meetings between the two sides the match would develop into a tight encounter.
Cliffe continued to look the better side in the second half, harrying the F1 side by defending from the front. It wasn’t all one-way traffic and Ally Harris had to tip an F1 effort bound for the bottom corner round the post and then having to deal with the two resulting corners to keep his clean-sheet intact.
As the clock ticked towards the final phases of the game it was felt one goal would settle it. Kev Taylor began to carve out some clear chances for Cliffe, Luke Crowther narrowly missing after a great ball from Taylor. Crowther then had a header tipped over the bar before breaking the deadlock scoring directly from the resulting corner, his effort evading everyone and going straight into the goal at the far post, 1-0.
The final moments of the game became quite stretched as F1 seeked a possible equaliser but more chances fell the way of Keith Tiplady’s side, Andy Kirkham narrowly missing a point-blank header, Crowther having a goal ruled out for offside, Taylor breaking through the F1 defence only to fall over inside the 6-yard-box, Tom Hogg falling victim to awkward bobble in-front of an almost open goal and Chris Harkin mis-kicking a shot in the final moments before the referee brought an end to the match. Cliffe FC progress to the next of the York League Junior Cup where they face Heslington away on 31st March 2012.
Cliffe FC Scorers: Crowther.
Cliffe FC MOTM: Tom Hogg.
17th March 2012 Fixtures. York League Division Two – Cliffe FC vs. Rawcliffe.
Reserve ‘C’ – Crayke Reserves vs. Cliffe FC Reserves.