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York Minster Engineering Football League – League Junior Cup Semi-Final
FT: Fulford 1 – 3 Cliffe FC
Cliffe FC move one step closer to retaining the York League Junior Cup coming back from 1-0 down at half-time to beat Fulford 3-1 and qualify for the League Cup Final.
Malcolm Bryce writes…
“Another good performance. 6 wins in 15 days is some going. I’m very pleased with everyone. Good to have a big support too. Just got to hold our nerve.”
~ Keith Tiplady, 20th April 2014.
Cliffe started the quicker of the two teams, Chris Jackson stinging the hands of the ‘keeper inside the first 90 seconds and Tom Hogg had the ball in the net but was ruled offside. Whilst the away side had the better of the first 10 minutes, it was Fulford who opened scoring – breaking down the right hand side and finishing off their first clear cut chance, 1-0 – the first time Cliffe have trailed in League Cup competition this season. Both Hogg and Jackson came close once more before the break as the tie remained 1-0 to Fulford, HT.
Cliffe knew a equaliser would arrive if they remained patient and did not try to rush proceedings and it arrived within the first 5 minutes of the second half, a free-kick launched into the box nodded down brilliantly by Lee Carter for Andy Addison to put into the roof of the net to level the tie, 1-1. Hogg began to come more and more into the tie, and it was Hogg who get the assist for the winner – like the first goal, nodding the ball down to Addison who smashed the ball past the ‘keeper to put Cliffe ahead, 1-2. Fulford now had to chase the game but Dave Laverack held strong in Cliffe’s goal and inevitably meant Cliffe could counter attack – and killed off the tie in that very fashion, Jackson linking up with Hogg for Hogg to finish one-on-one to make the score 1-3 and see the Oxen Lane club qualify for their third Cup final this season, and achieve their first win away at Fulford, 1-3 FT
Cliffe FC return to their Division Two campaign this coming Wednesday, away to Strensall. They then face Fulford again next Saturday in the York FA Cup Final at Tockwith FC’s ground.
Remaining Cliffe FC Fixtures;
WEDNESDAY 23rd April, 6.30pm – Div Two – Strensall vs. Cliffe FC
SATURDAY 26th April, 2pm – York FA Jnr Cup Final – Cliffe FC vs. Fulford (@ Tockwith)
TUESDAY 29th April, 7pm – ERCFA Qual Cup Final – Cliffe FC vs. Drum Athletic (@ The Balk, Pocklington)
SATURDAY 3rd May, 2.30pm – Div Two – Cliffe FC vs. Bishopthorpe United
WEDNESDAY 7th May, 6.30pm – Div Two – Thorpe United vs. Cliffe FC
MONDAY 12th May, 6.45pm – League Jnr Cup Final – South Milford vs. Cliffe FC (Venue TBA)
The New Inn Cliffe FC MOTM: Lee Carter.
LRB Trophies Fulford MOTM: Dave Warner.
Laverack, Sedman, Pearse (Healey), Simpson, Durnin, Carter, Robinson, Addison (C) (S Gallagher), Taylor (Kirkham), Hogg, Jackson.
Unused subs: Lucitt, Harris.
Cliffe FC Goals: Addison (2), Hogg.