The hallmarksecurityleague.com (NWCFL Macron Cup Q-Finals) 2016-17. Saturday, March 11th 2017
SILSDEN AFC 0 v 2 CITY OF LIVERPOOL FC
Nevitt 15, Connolly 54 Att. 182
COBBYDALERS CUP DREAMS COME TO AN END
The Cobbydalers entertained City of Liverpool FC on Saturday in the Macron Cup quarter final, two weeks after having lost 2-1 in the away fixture a fortnight ago. The corresponding home game in October was won two-nil by the visitors. Silsden had beaten Premier League sides, New Mills and 1874 Northwich in the earlier rounds.
The visiting fans provided a great atmosphere at the newly named
COBBYDALE CONSTRUCTION STADIUM. Before the game Matty Moses received a Trophy, marking his two-hundredth game, from Club President Barry Thomas and centre-back Dan ILLINGWORTH received the Macron award of “Division player of the Month” for February.
The visitors took the initiative from the kick-off with Elliot Nevitt breaking down the left. Moses denied the winger at the expense of a corner, Dan Illingworth heading the ball clear. Silsden’s first significant attack came on twelve minutes with Danny Bunch sliding the ball through to Will Storrie who had burst through the middle. Storrie shot but Stephen Longrigg, in the visitors’ goal, managed to save at the near post.
The opener, on fifteen minutes, was rather fortuitous, as skipper Josh Kaine was receiving treatment after being fouled. With Kaine off the field Sean Cookson crossed in from the left. The ball was partially cleared but fell to Joe Connelly, who swivelled on the goal line before curling the ball in. Callum Jacovlevs managed to tip the ball onto the bar but the Silsden keeper was beaten when the rebound fell to Elliot NEVITT who headed home.
The Purples went close five minutes later but Connelly shot wide of the far post after being set up by Nevitt. Storrie tracked back to steal the ball from Chris Lester then he burst forwards to drive the ball in front of Chris Wademan. It was Wademan versus Longrigg but the visitors’ keeper won the chase.
A quickly-taken free-kick caught the Cobbydalers out but Connolly hit his shot wide of the far post. Ten minutes before the break Josh Eastwood drove a pass for Wademan to latch onto but Longrigg denied the Silsden marksman with his feet. Without the energy of Hancock, Silsden lacked some control of the midfield but Storrie’s pace took him past defenders but once again, Wademan was thwarted by the centre backs.
The visitors almost doubled their lead on the stroke of half time. Aaron Ray cut inside Moses to drive in a low shot. The ball ricoched between attackers and defenders before finally being gathered by Jacovlevs.
The game flowed from end to end in the second half. First Bunch had a shot cleared then Lynch saw a cross deflected for a corner which Jacovlevs managed to punch clear. Eastwood, seemingly running from nowhere, made a brilliant tackle on Connolly, who was breaking clear.
Silsden were becoming stretched as they sought an equaliser, leaving gaps at the back. With the forwards busting into the Silsden area Illingworth tripped Connolly. Illingworth was caution and CONNOLLY drove the spot kick home.
Danny Forrest brought on Tom Henderson and young Ben Clarkson going for three at the back. It opened up gaps for the visitors. Joe Camozzi and substitute Declan Gregson both shot wide from dangerous positions and the visitors defence was rarely troubled as the Cobbydalers lost their shape. Camozzi hit the post five minutes from time.
After the game Danny Forrest was asked for his assessment. “I can’t complain at the lads effort and workrate. Everyone in the team knows what is expected and it’s just a case of making progress after training sessions and after matches. The players are gelling well and the new additions to the squad are making a difference. Good luck to the Purples in the semi-final and in the chase for promotion. Their fans made for a great atmosphere.”
The semi-final draw was made on Saturday evening, City of Liverpool play Chadderton over two legs and Barlick play Bootle.
The challenge over the next fortnight does not get any easier, involving the remainder of the top four. On Saturday, league leaders Litherland REMYCA visit Silsden. That game is followed by a visit
to fourth placed Charnock Richard on Tuesday March 21st, and then to third placed Whitchurch Alport on Saturday week!
SILSDEN AFC. Jacovlevs, Moses, Vincent (Henderson 62), Kaine, Illingworth, Trueman, Storrie, Eastwood (Cox 76), Bunch, Wademan, Davis (Clarkson 62), Subs. Not used . Storton, Foulds.
CITY OF LIVERPOOL FC. Longrigg, Lester, Foy, Camozzi, Dalton, Moore, Cookson (Gregson 55), McEllin (Williams76), Rey, Connolly, Nevitt(Peterson 76).
Referee. Mr. I Walsh. Assistants. Mr. V. Evans and Mr. A. Waring.
See match Photographs on David Bretts website