The Cavs made it through to the final of the Bernard Martin Cup with a hard fought 3-2 win over a good Cwrt Rawlin outfit.
The hosts started the better of the two teams, the strong wind absolutely killing the Cavs and more or less penning them in their own half. Any clearance, keepers kick or goal kick failed to clear the half which meant Nelson were more or less under constant pressure.
Rawlin lacked a final ball to create any real clear cut chances until Matthew Farr pulled off an excellent save from a long rage shot that looked destined for the net. The half continued pretty much in the same vein, the Cavs defending solidly when needed, although lacked going forward. However Rawlin took a deserved lead with an excellent long range strike!
Just before the half time whistle Matthew Greenaway rattled the bar with an excellent long range strike, and after some neat passing from the back Ceri Clingo should have done better when 1 on 1 with the keeper.
The Cavs came flying out of the blocks to the second half with Rawlin now struggling against the wind, some half chances came before Clingo was taken out late in the box resulting in a penalty for us, the ever reliable Dan Falconer stepped up and spotted the penalty home to make it 1-1.
More half chances came, including a strike against the post and clearance off the line, before after some neat build up play James Radusin fed Clingo who fired home to give Nelson the lead. This seemed to spur Rawlin, who had been under heavy pressure on and within minutes they equalised after some neat build up play their striker fired a great shot home.
The wind died down and the game opened right up with both teams desperate to get the winner, Farr made an excellent save in a 1v1 and Rawlin rattled the bar, with Greenaway, Clingo and Ryan Donovan all having good chances at the other end.
It was the Cavs who got the next goal Donovan cut inside to beat his man and drew an excellent save from the home keeper before calmly firing home the rebound. Rawlin added more pressure with a lot of crosses into the box that were well dealt with before the Cavs had a goal disallowed right on the full time whistle.
3-2 Full time.
An end to end game, heavily affected by the strong wind that could have gone either way, credit to both teams who looked to play the ball on the deck and went hammer and tong at each other for 90 minutes.
Man of the match goes to Matthew Farr, an excellent save in each half as well as reading strong wind well throughout the game.
|1st February 2020||2:00 pm||Bernard Martin Cup||2019-20|
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