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CSKA 3-3 Sileby Athletic (Cup) 1/4 Final Still Within Reach For Mods

League Cup Fixture
Date: Sunday 02 May 2021
Venue: Rawlins Stadium
Referee: Zac Parris, Leics

CSKA remain in contention for the quarter finals of The Alliance Cup after another massive performance on Sunday, as they overcame a 0-2 half-time deficit to earn a 3-3 draw with Sileby Athletic. 

Sileby went into the game top of Group 1, with a 100% record from their first 3 games, and were even sat in 1st place of The Alliance Premier League before the season was curtailed in March. 

Adam King, Hiran Mistry and Danny Chapman were recalled to the CSKA starting line-up, with Chapman back leading the attack having made two left back appearances recently.

A tough start for CSKA as the visitors were ahead within the first 10 minutes, when a free kick was headed back across goal and glanced home by Adam Brind to make it 1-0. CSKA did not falter and kept their formation and shape despite some longer spells without possession. CSKA even broke in behind several times, with Dave Payne having the best chance of the half for the Mods when his shot bounced agonisingly past the far post. Danny Chapman was also unlucky not to get on the end of a Hiran Mistry cross that was well defended.

But it was to be Sileby Athletic to strike next, some neat play down the left wing allowed them to cut it back for Brind to finish from 10 yards. Sileby dictated the game, but CSKA’s determined formation and a strong defensive performance from Jon Brice kept them in the game until half-time. 

CSKA came out in the second half immediately on the front foot and Adam King’s interception allowed him to drive on to the edge of the box before cleverly slipping it through to Chapman, who had stayed onside and neatly dinked the ball over the keeper. Less than a minute later it was 2-2. This time Adam Gent’s midfield interception allowed him to play in Chapman, who clipped the ball in to Dave Payne. The forward took it in his stride before firing home a confident left-footed finish.

It was a remarkable turnaround against a team who had looked so well organised and disciplined throughout the first half. But they weren’t prepared to take it laying down and got themselves back in the game when a long throw headed back by Walker fell short, allowing the opposition to sneak in behind. Referee Zac Parris was left with no choice but to point to the spot after the winger was brought down by Augustus. The keeper then saved from Gregory Fletcher, but Fletcher was fortunate with the rebound and put the Premier League side back in front.

More penalty drama soon ensued, as Chris McCafferty was taken out by the Sileby Athletic goalkeeper after Payne had slipped him through on goal. Without hesitation Danny Chapman hammered home his 8th goal of the season to make it 3-3. CSKA even had late chance to win it when Payne was put through by Chapman one-on-one but his shot was wide.

The result sees CSKA remain in 3rd place in Group 1 with just one game remaining and very much in with a chance of qualification for the quarter finals (Will The Mods Qualify? Click here to read what needs to happen). Congratulations to Sileby Athletic who have now guaranteed themselves a place in the 1/4 finals following Midland FC’s win over Blaby & Whetstone in the group’s other tie (Alliance Cup Latest Standings).A quality footballing side, Sileby made CSKA work hard for their point and made for an enjoyable competitive game of football. While they can now look forward to the knock out stages, the Mods have a great chance to join them with one final charge in their next game.

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