York Sunday Morning League – League Cup – 1st Round
FT: Cliffe FC Sunday 2 – 6 Marcia Grey
Cliffe FC Sunday are eliminated from Sunday League Cup Marcia Grey, six second-half goals being scored in a 6-2 triumph – Cliffe giving the Division Two leaders a scare having lead 2-0 at the break.
Jay Grundy writes…
Cliffe FC Sundays entertained York Sunday Morning League Division 2 leaders Marcia Gray in the League Cup at Oxen Lane. Cliffe interim manager Aaron Lees had the opportunity to field a strong side against the higher division opposition and Cliffe started the brighter of the two sides. Cliffe took the lead early on after a good through ball from Nathan Horner found Tom Hogg who was able to race clear of the Marcia defence and calmly put the ball past the on rushing keeper, 1-0. Cliffe also started to dominate the physical side although this lead to a couple of bookings which would later have a massive effect on the game. Although Cliffe where the better side Marcia still looked dangerous and ‘keeper Ally Harris was called into action and pulled off a fantastic save at his near post from point blank range. 10 minutes later Harris was called on again, this time to save from the penalty spot diving to his left to parry the ball clear. This rallied Cliffe more and when Hogg was release again he managed too out muscle the marcia keeper and slide the ball into the empty net 2-0 Cliffe at half time which gave them a great lead to defend in the second half playing into the ever increasing wind.
Marcia raced out the blocks in the second half and scored in the opening seconds to make it 2-1. A further turning point in the match happened when Nathan Horner, already on a booking, flew into a 50/50 challenge and when the Marcia player came off worse the referee showed a second yellow and reduced Cliffe to 10-men. Marcia kicked on and equalised and then made the extra man count further and ran riot, scoring a further four goals, including a converted penalty, and made the final score 2-6 knocking Cliffe out of the cup.
Man-of-the-match was Mark Bennett who dominated during the first half. Cliffe can take a lot of positives from giving Division 2 leaders a scare and if the level of performance during the first half is replicated in the coming league game, they are sure to rise up the Division Three table.