Bridesmaids Again, But No Shame For Blues
Its all about fine margins at the moment, and despite creating a host of wonderful chances, we faded in this semi-final
Team: Logan Booth, Jake Pearson, Jacob Donnelly ( c ), Noah Rowlinson, Liam Boardman, Dylan Johnston, Mackenzie Lomas, Jack Cowan, Thomas Brogden.
For the second week running, we were down to the bare essentials player wise, this is no excuse, I for one have been really encouraged by both, this and last weeks performances and the lads are becoming ( at last ) a real team unit.
Coach news is I'm afraid, an issue that must be discussed before we get into the nitty gritty of the match, as we can all see from the header photograph, Coach Kuczaj had obviously finally emerged from his hot tub, moisturising, tanning booth, and took an impromptu moment to finish off the tan to his chins!
This 'Foilgate' incident has been described by the hierarchy of the club as 'worse than brolleygate' , I will leave you dear reader to make up your own mind, please don't let me influence your opinions as maybe I have ulterior motives !!!!!!!
It was as usual a very wet and windy Dukinfield and as we gathered in The Swamp end, the fans were quite upbeat despite the advantages Curzon had, not least three subs.
And we started well, Cowan who has some great pace troubled our opponents all afternoon and ran their defence ragged, Brogden on the left and Lomas on the right were superb, challenging and attacking but we were at times exposed at the back ( track back track back we all yelled ) and Curzon were luckily in front after a break down the middle, but, we are a stronger unit and Rowlinson popped in the equaliser after a flurry of corners and Curzon looked rattled when Lomas stroked in another to give us the lead.
From here we woulda coulda shoulda gone on to comfortably win this, there was a succession of misses by Glossop and I'm not pointing fingers, in my opinion its just confidence, it was just luck that we missed all our seasons chances in one game ( I reckon the shot count was about 20-6 in our favour and looking at the final score, reflects how well Curzon took their chances ).
If we had held on to the lead till half-time, this would also have made a difference, but alas, a couple of changes for Curzon injected some pace and they equalised right on the whistle ( wine break for me here ).
The second half was really more of the same, Curzon hitting us on the break as we peppered their goal, conditions weren't great as mentioned and both Rowlinson and Pearson struggled to deliver corners ( we had loads ).
A Curzon break led to an own goal which came from a hopeful cross and they scored again as we stood still waiting for an off-side whistle which never came (!!!!!).
It became five when heads dropped ( major point afterwards from Coach Rowlinson ) as the usual talkers Johnston and Donnelly seemed to acknowledge the misfortune of the afternoon, but we rallied and Boardman again having a good game put in some good balls which led to a scramble and a lashed in goal from Cowan.
Amazingly Curzon looked a bit panicky and we had more chances but it was too little too late, and dreams of Cup Finals had gone this year.
Booth again had a solid game in goal and didn't really have much to do apart from pick the ball out of the net, all five goals were unavoidable and I hope this didn't worry him.
Mom was Dylan Johnston.
So as we all attempt to take in Leeds Uniteds limp exit from the FA Cup ( at least The Blues put up a fight ), and the shocking revelations at the start of this masterpiece, we look forward to a promising second half to the League season, and having a full team back!!!!