Saturday 20th October 2018
Leicester Wildecats 0-2 Dublin Devils & Cork Rebels
Wildecats knew they faced a tough test in their GFSN Cup first round clash against a mixture of the Dublin Devils and Cork Rebels and this proved to be the case as they succumbed to a 2-0 defeat.
The first 10 minutes of the game were fairly even with both sides looking a little shaky in possession. Cats were trying to find Ryan and Chris, on his debut, making runs down the wing but the opposition keeper was quick off his line to close down the threat.
Dublin & Cork then began to get a hold of the game, with the pace of their attack causing the Cats defence some problems. On 25 minutes a long throw into the fell to a Dublin & Cork man unmarked from 6 yards who could only manage to crash his shot against the crossbar and Dave managed to scramble away the rebound. This proved a sign of things to come with various Dublin & Cork attacks resulting in many blocked efforts from all of the bodies in the Cats back line.
Although Dublin & Cork were having the better of the game, Cats were still very much in with a chance and they looked dangerous when going forward. A ball delivered from wide on the right hand side found Guy who could only manage to guide his volley over the crossbar. With 40 minutes on the clock, Dublin & Cork again found some room courtesy of their left winger who managed to squeeze the ball centrally to an onrushing midfielder. His shot took a cruel deflection of Dave, who had come across to block the shot, and wrong-footed Liam in the Cats goal to give Dublin & Cork a 1-0 lead going into half time.
The second half began with Cats knowing that they were still very much in the game and Dublin & Cork wary of holding on to their slender lead. The second half very much followed the pattern of the first, with a fairly even first 10 minutes followed by Dublin & Cork having the better of the play and resulting in a goal late in the half.
Once again it was the wingers who looked Dublin & Cork’s biggest threats. They continued to stretch and challenge the dogged Wildecats defence well and always looked dangerous, committing players and getting balls into the box. Dublin & Cork were able to win lots of fouls (some more questionable than others) with Dan and Rooney often falling victim to some very soft free kicks given by the referee.
With time running out Cats decided to throw a few more bodies forward in an attempt to keep their cup hopes alive. This meant that there were a few more gaps left at the back and these were exploited late on with Dublin & Cork creating a number of one on one chances. Eventually one of these was taken to give Dublin a 2-0 lead and a safe passage into the next round.
Cats still kept fighting to the end and were unfortunate to Chris’ late effort ruled out for offside, although it would likely have been no more than a consolation goal.
Despite the defeat, Cats can be proud of their performance against a well drilled Dublin & Cork side, who had travelled in good numbers. Each player put in a super amount of effort and the signs for the future are promising. The man of the match vote was unsurprisingly dominated by Gary and Ryan who performed solidly under pressure for the majority of the match, with Gary edging the final tally.
|October 20, 2018||2:00 pm||GFSN Cup - First Round||2018/2019|
|Club||1st Half||2nd Half||Goals|