Cup heartache for Axmouth United in East Devon debry
PUBLISHED: 14:39 29 March 2011
AXMOUTH United were edged out of the Golesworthy Cup, beaten 2-1 by Beer Albion.
It was Axmouth that started the quicker as an early headed effort was saved on the line and before another near thing in the 18th minute when the ball cannoned back off the Fishermen’s bar.
Despite enjoying the lion’s share of the ball, United fell behind to a counter attack when a defence splitting pass was fired home from the edge of the box for an excellent finish to take Beer into the break with a single goal advantage.
United stared the second half brightly and got a deserved equaliser when Clarke got on the end of a fine passing move to slip the ball past the keeper on the hour mark.
Both sides then threw everything into looking for a winning goal but, with the contest seemingly destined for extra-time, it was Beer who struck when a long clearance took a high bounce and was misjudged by United keeper Smart and the ball looped up and over the stranded glovesman and into the net.
Defeat then, but no disgrace for a United side who ran a good Beer opposition very close on the day.
For the second day running the pairing of Hughes and Challis played fine roles but the undoubted Man of the Match was right back Taylor who put in a superb shift.
United boss Laurie Forino said: “It was another really good weekend’s work from the team. Once again we have played and got precious little luck, but that’s the way it goes sometimes and these things do tend to even themselves out . I’m really disappointed for all the lads who put on a great display but didn’t get the reward of a place in the semi-final which I felt their collective performance deserved. However, if we keep playing like this we can still challenge for league honours. All credit to the Beer lads who stood up well when we had them under pressure and made the most of the chances they had, we wish them well in the semi-final and hope to be playing them next year.”
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