Canterbury Over 50’s 2 Harleston Magpies Over 50’s 1.
The fates were not kind to Magpies as they went out of the knock out in this semi final.
The first half saw Magpies in the form of Keith Alexander and Jon Wells each see their deflections hit a post. At the other end a Canterbury short corner was well saved by Murray Graham and Pete Finnie took obvious delight in keeping Sean Kerly in check. The interval was reached with the game scoreless.
Magpies took the lead fifteen minutes into the second half when the ball was moved across the Canterbury circle until it reached the unlikely figure of centre back Jerry Blackmore who scored. The lead was held relatively comfortably for ten minutes but then a shot that was not particularly threatening took a deflection off a Magpies stick and gave Murray no chance.Worse followed with three minutes remaining, when a hard struck ball into the Magpies D was deflected high into the goal.
Magpies pushed forward and a run by Jon Aldridge in the circle was abruptly ended by a stick tackle. Expecting a penalty stroke, Magpies were awarded a short corner. With time now up, Phil Cobbald received the ball, laid it off to Jon Wells and went for the return pass; only to be taken out by a defender who had run into Phil’s path. The umpire decided that the collision was accidental despite the defender turning in the opposite direction rather than one that would have had him going for the ball. After some moments confusion when it was thought that the umpires were consulting, it was apparent that time had been blown.
Magpies could be proud of the effort and their performance but the ending was rather unsatisfactory. Thanks go to Philip for organising us off and to some extent on the pitch and to the band of supporters who made the journey.
(We would like to apologise to Mrs Ramm in not managing to give her another Sunday with Graham out of the house,)