JPL U14 Cup Competition
- competition : JPL U14 Cup Competition
- date : 04/01/2020
- time : 10:45
- comment :
Alvechurch vs Rushden & Diamonds (CUP)
We welcomed high flying Rushden & Diamonds to Hopwood for our first ever encounter, in what proved to be an incredibly competitive cup fixture. R&D came into the fixture having won their last 13 games on the bounce. Alvechurch in contrast had enjoyed more variable form.
The pitch was boggy in patches after all the rain in preceding months and the tie had an 'old fashioned' feel to it.
The Alvechurch keeper made a fine save in the first quarter, tipping the ball onto the cross bar from a Rushden effort from outside the box.
Alvechurch took the lead in the second quarter when the ball broke free in midfield and Jake F fired past the keeper from the edge of the box. 1-0.
Both teams continued to test each other, wave after wave of attacks, corners and set pieces - probably fair to say that both defences were on top for the majority of this match.
Alvechurch were awarded a penalty in the fourth quarter, after Jake burst into the box, tapped the ball past the 'keeper and felt enough contact to go down. Zach had the guts to stand up for it but fired straight at the keeper to keep the tie evenly balanced with about five minutes to spare.
Rushden were fired up and finally broke the Alvechurch defence down the right-hand side, a tantalising cross coming across the six yard box for the advancing player to stick in the net from close distance. Harsh on 'Church. 1-1.
Not long enough for a deciding goal either way, so straight to the dreaded penalty shoot out. R&D won the toss, elected to go first, despatching their penalities well. Alvechurch missed two penalities but briefly had hope after Jake saved Rushden's penultimate spot kick. R&D's Number 9 finished proceedings with a well taken shot for the winning goal.
Best of luck to R&D in the Cup, we are sure they will go far in this tournament, given their spirit, skill and determination.
- match summary
- Rushden & Diamonds