It was a good, tight cup tie in today’s quarter final between sides who have had contrasting fortunes this season. It was a tremendous performance by the City lads against the unbeaten St Mary’s. City had two debutants again after late withdrawals (a feature of the season) and had a scratch team, albeit with a strong spine.
Two of our better results have been in the cup so far and it nearly happened again. Performances lately have been very good (including late 1-goal defeats to the top three in recent weeks) and after 90 minutes the game was deadlocked at 0-0 (our third 0-0 90-minute scoreline in St Mary’s v City fixtures). Not many teams have got anything from St Mary’s in the past two seasons (although incidentally we also drew with them away last year). During the first half City had a penalty saved after about 30 minutes. Both keepers made a lot of vital saves to keep the goals in tact as defences were on top.
Congratulations to St Mary’s who scored the winner in extra time as both teams pushed for the ‘golden goal’ and they progress to the semi-finals again. However, special mention to all the City lads who showed character as they put their heart and soul into the match against the odds. Confidence is obviously low in the City team despite the fact we keep getting ourselves in winning positions (we have been leading in the last 7 league games), but since our nadir earlier in the season it bodes well for the rest of the league season with plenty of points still to play for. The clean sheet after 90 minutes v the free-scoring St Mary’s is a fine effort. We give thanks to God for keeping the team going.
Finally I wanted to mention Luke Maggs who has been superb for us since his return to the side (after his broken leg in August) and has shown a great attitude and work rate. He shouldn’t be too down about the penalty miss, and at least it was on target, which is more than can be said for some past City efforts (no names, but one memorable effort is still orbiting the Earth!). We wish St Mary’s all the best for the rest of the season.