Riversiders suffer extra time agony
Barrow Town exited the semi final of the EMCL Cup after a 2-1 extra time defeat to Borrowash Victoria.
Despite having more of the possession over the 120 minutes, the Riversiders were unable to convert this in to goals and David Hinds effort on 103 minutes sent the Derbyshire side through to the final.
Borrowash started the brighter of the two sides, but it was the Riversiders who opened the scoring in the 11th minute. Karl Whymark found CARL ADAMS on the edge of the box, who beat Smith with a low left footed strike from 18 yards.
Prenderville could have made it two as his close range effort flew just over the bar, before Borrowash levelled in the 24th minute. When the Riversiders lost possession from their own throw in, the ball sat up nicely for SUMMERFIELD to lash a 25 yard shot over the outstretched arms of Dan Riley.
As the game entered the second half, the Riversiders began to see more and more of the ball and Allen fired wide when well placed. The Derbyshire side came close to scoring however with another long range effort when Martin hit a shot from 50 yards that cleared Riley, but rebounded to safety off the bar. The Riversiders struggled to break down the Borrowash rearguard, but thought they had taken the lead with just 10 minutes remaining. Cameron Grays well flighted free kick found Ricky Nurse unmarked at the far post, but Smith somehow managed to claw the header up on to the crossbar before it was hacked clear. Substitute Hind did have one further chance for the Derbyshire side in normal time when he raced clear, only to be called back by the linesmans flag.
As the game entered extra time, the Riversiders dominated possession once more with the Vics resorting to long balls up front to their lone striker. For all their intricate play, chances were at a premium for the Riversiders, until they came within inches of scoring in the 102nd minute. Jamie Allen raced down the right and his shot from a tight angle was again pushed up on to the bar by Smith. With Hardy closing in to bundle the ball in to the net, Mottershead clearly handled the bouncing ball which was missed by the officials. Out of luck, the Riversiders fortune wasn't to improve as the ball was cleared downfield. Leighton managed to break down the left and his cross to the unmarked HIND was converted from 8 yards.
For the final 15 minutes of the game, Borrowash cleverly ran down the clock as the Riversiders struggled to force their way back in to the game, only creating half chances of any note. The Derbyshire side therefore progressed to the final, and will now face Radcliffe Olympic on Wednesday May 2, which by coincidence will now be held at Riverside Park.