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Mannofield triumphant in feisty derby

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Inglis 8
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U19 ADJFA Murray Cup - Section 1
Kaimhill
07 September 2013

By Daniel McKay
YFS North Region Reporter
 

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Mannofield FC Under 19s emerged victorious from a fiery derby encounter with Ferryhill this afternoon.  Torrential rain overnight had put the game in doubt but a strong wind helped ensure that, by 2 o’clock, the Kaimhill pitch had dried out and was bathed in sunshine.
 
The hosts, Ferryhill, flew out of the traps and had a chance inside the first 30 seconds.  Daniel Brownie went on a driving run down the right but couldn’t beat goalkeeper Ryan Albin, who did well to save with his feet.
 
In the fifth minute Ferryhill were awarded a penalty after a push on Darren Sinclair inside the box.  Joe Mitchell stepped up and coolly slotted home into the bottom right corner.  However, their lead would only last for three minutes as Mannofield responded.  Gabriel Antoniazzi swung a free kick into the far post where Daniel Inglis rose highest to bullet a header into the top corner.
 
Brownie broke through the Mannofield defence on 17 minutes, but Albin made a superb save from point-blank range.  A scramble in the box ensued and the referee awarded the visitors a free kick despite Ferryhill claiming for another penalty.
 
Ferryhill were pushing for a second goal, and another scramble in the Mannofield box in the 25th minute culminated in Joe Mitchell blasting a shot over the bar.  A minute later Mitchell tried another shot from outside the box, but he didn’t catch it properly and it drifted wide.
 
Matthew Cocker was next to have a chance for the home side.  He made a terrific run down the right, received a perfectly timed pass and fired a shot inches too high.  Ferryhill were getting closer, and Curtis Kane hit the post with a rasping strike from distance moments later.
 
Ferryhill’s Gregor Milne then nearly scored with a header from what must have been about 40 yards!  The bounce looked to have deceived the keeper but he just managed to hold onto it.  Five minutes before the break Milne got onto the end of a Kane cross but couldn’t turn the ball in from a tight angle.
 
Glen Smith had a half-chance to put Mannofield in front at the end of the first half, but his shot from the D through a ruck of players was saved by Richard Higgins.

Half Time: Ferryhill BC 1-1 Mannofield FC
 
Ferryhill had been the better team in the first 45, but Mannofield came out after the restart looking the livelier, and on 53 minutes they took the lead.  Rory Watt picked out Glen Smith inside the box, and he had time to take a touch before firing low past Higgins into the bottom corner.
 
Two minutes later Jack Rattray had the keeper scrambling with a low drive from the edge of the box which flashed just wide.  Inglis was next to go close for Mannofield.  His glancing header from an Antoniazzi cross was saved by Higgins.
 
Mannofield were making their second half dominance count and made it 3-1 just after the hour-mark.  A sweet strike from Gabriel Antoniazzi on the half-volley found its way into the bottom corner from just outside the box.
 
Higgins came out of his goal in the 71st minute to boot the ball back up the park, but his clearance only reached Smith who, with the goal unguarded, tried his luck from almost the half-way line.  To his dismay though, his shot came back off the post and Ferryhill were able to clear.
 
The home side were getting desperate and were throwing people forward.  Jared Lutwyche had an effort through a crowd of players saved by the keeper, but his side were struggling to carve out any clear-cut chances.
 
Ferryhill defender Stuart Gray sent a long free kick into the box with nine minutes to go.  It bounced awkwardly right in front of Albin, but the keeper gathered at the second attempt.  On 84 minutes a really nice move from Mannofield saw Rattray play a superb ball to Smith, who in turn found Matthew Snedden.  However, Snedden snatched at the opportunity and sliced the shot well wide from inside the box.
 
As the game drew to a close tempers were fraying and with challenges flying in the referee had to flash a couple of yellow cards.  All in all though this was a very entertaining match, and certainly one of two halves.  Ferryhill had the better of the first half but couldn’t turn their chances into goals.  Mannofield were much better in the second half and crucially took their chances when they came.
 
Full Time: Ferryhill BC 1-3 Mannofield FC

 

Ferryhill BC Mannofield FC
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1. Richard Higgins
2. Michael Keller
11. Aiden Garrow
6. Stuart Gray
5. Liam Mitchell
17. Matthew Cocker
9. Joe Mitchell
16. Gregor Milne
15. Daniel Brownie
7. Curtis Kane
14. Darren Sinclair
3. Ciaran Byrne
10. Scott Wood
19. Jared Lutwyche
22. Sean Flett
18. Kyle Middleton
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42. Ryan Albin
22. Steven Bruce
69. Greg Morrison
5. Daniel Inglis
11. Lewis Doherty
10. Gabriel Antoniazzi
3. Ewan Gibson
23. Jack Rattray
4. Rory Watt
9. Glen Smith
7. Declan Urquhart
99. Jordan Gray
16. Matthew Snedden
14. Ross Ferguson
88. Thomas Murison
 
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Joe Mitchell got Ferryhill's goal and put in a good shift, causing problems for Mannofield's defence.
 
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Gabriel Antoniazzi led by example as captain.  His set-piece delivery was excellent and he also weighed in with a great goal.
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Peter Cocker, coach of Ferryhill BC, said: “I thought the team that wanted it more won the game, they defended really well and we couldn’t break them down.  We lost our discipline a little bit with the referee so, disappointed with that.  But we’re a better side than we showed today and hopefully we’ll still qualify for the A League.  There’s a couple of games left so if we win them we’ve still got a chance of qualifying, so that’s what we’re aiming for now.”
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Gabriel Antoniazzi, captain of Mannofield FC, said: “I thought we played well.  They played well as well.  It was a good game, very tight.  It’s a local rivalry so it’s good to win and hopefully we’ll be in the A League now.” 
 
Asked about his goal, he said:  “Yeah it was a good strike, I saw it coming down and just followed it in, but it’s more about the team.  The team played really well, that’s what it’s all about.”
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