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FOUR-Gone Conclusion CSKA Crash Out of the Cup

League Cup Fixture
Date: Sunday 16 May 2021
Venue: Gilmorton Playing Fields
Referee: Kieth Smith, Leics

CSKA Carnabys were knocked out of the Alliance cup after a 4-0 away defeat to The Plough Inn Bruntingthorpe.

 

Bruntingthorpe were always going to be a tough challenge but CSKA fought hard in the first half to stay in the game. The hosts failed to make the most of their domination of possession because of a disciplined and organised Carnabys side. Eventually, fatigue and the quality of the opposition saw the Mods concede four goals in the second half to end their Covid-rocked campaign on a bitter note.

McCafferty and King  were recalled to the starting XI with Pettitt and Mistry dropping to the bench. After missing out against Swinford, Brad Parker found his way back on to the bench for the game too and there was a late change in goal as Liam Kennedy stepped in for the injured Richard Augustus.

 

The first half was one of few chances. While Plough dominated the possession there were few efforts on goal, with CSKA’s game plan of keeping their shape and waiting to hit on the counter working. The Mods did get the odd breakaway but Chapman found himself outnumbered with the home side playing 3 at the back.

Midway through the half Plough thought they had finally broken through after Kennedy’s reflex save was tapped in on the rebound but the flag was up and the goal would not stand.

 A few minutes later a counter-attacking move saw Payne cross from the left dummied by Chapman, only for McCafferty’s wasteful effort to fly over the bar when he should have hit the target. A miss that would prove costly for CSKA.

 

In the second half it all started to unravel for CSKA. Before the end of the first half Walker had a problem with his groin but carried on, it proved costly here as a Plough midfielder got past him and Gent far too easily to put in a ball that was eventually bundled in to put the home side 1-0 up.

A few minutes later it went from bad to worse as a corner was cleared and the Mods looked to break with speed. Confusion between McCafferty and Payne led to the attack breaking down and Bruntingthorpe seized the opportunity, as their forward was in behind and struck the hosts’ second from an acute angle.

After 60 minutes the Carnabys looked beaten. They conjured few chances, conceded the possession and needless fouls as well. Lucas’s cross half cleared into the path of McCafferty who again failed to take his chance to turn the game when he fired over the bar.

 

With the game drawing to close, Parker came on for Lucas and Mistry for the ineffective Chapman. The fresh legs failed to have the desired impact though as Bruntingthorpe ruthlessly countered a rare CSKA attack. Their midfielder skipped past several challenges before cutting inside and sweeping the ball past Kennedy with aplomb to make it 3-0.

Soon after, the Mods’ frustrations boiled over as Payne tripped a man in the box to concede a late penalty. The spot kick was calmly finished to round off the rout 4-0.

With minutes to go Pettitt came on for Brown, he and Mistry both had late opportunities but Plough never really felt threatened. They had an answer for every question CSKA asked of them and almost added further insult to injury when their striker attempted an audacious lob, only for it to bounce on top of the crossbar.

 

The match ended 4-0 to the hosts and ends a disjointed season for the Mods in the bitterest fashion. Momentum had been building with a great run of results in the cup and there was real belief in what the Carnabys could achieve. While a Giant-killing was always unlikely, questions will be asked of the performance. What could have been had they been more clinical?

The Mods march on into next season.

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