WRCFA County Cup
Alwoodley 0 Rawdon OB 2
There was no fairy tale victory for Alwoodley who were beaten by two goals notched insde the first ten minutes of the second half. The first came from a free kick awarded at the edge of the penalty area that reached a Rawdon player by the near post, who headed the ball with a deft flick into the net from some 5 yards out with the defensive cover unable to attack and clear. The second goal came when a pass from an Alwoodley players was intercepted. Rawdon galloped down the right and a brilliant low cross was turned into the net to make the score 2-0 with the Alwoodley keeper helpless. . In the process of the goal being scored one of the Rawdeon marauders broke his leg. Play was stopped, An ambulance called with the player covred by blankets until the amublance arrived. We a hope he is as comfortable as expected after such an injury. One serious question is how could it take som 10 to 15 minutes to get the ambulance on to the pitch after it had arrived at the ground? Play eventally restarted with Alwoodlwy slowly coming more into the game but it was not until the last ten or so minutes that the Alwoodley' attack posed a threat but they were denied by some exclllent goalkeeping and powerful blocking and tackling
The early stage of the game were dominated by Alwoodley whose tempo was, if anything, forcning them to rush their passes and lose control of the ball. Two or thee shots blocked but Danny Ashton created a good opportunity when he ran at the Rawdon defence and Danny managed to flick the ball past the keeper only for it to hit the inside of the past and then booted clear. Rawdon came more into the game with their confidence growng as they made use of the gifts from hurried passing. Their pace troubled the Alwoodley rearguard and Alwoodley survived a torrid ten minutes before half time with the athletic young Alwoodley keeper Damien Brodowski making a series of brilliant saves be it one on ones or diving saves to keep the shots out. No goals befoe the interval and Alwoodley made changes at half time.
A disappointing night for Alwoodley but congratulations are due to the Alwoodley side who have reperesented their club so well this season with their being the first YAL side to reach the County Cup Final - a glorious moment. As it states in the programme Alwoodley were foemed in the 99/00 season and they stil say the hardest task was digging their way out of Div 4.
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