Extra-time goals give Godmanchester cup win over St Ives

GODMANCHESTER Rovers turned the tables on their UCL opponents St Ives Town after two extra-time goals gave them victory in the Hinchingbrooke Cup. After several postponements, the teams found themselves closely matched. Rob Mackney s acrobatic fingertip s

GODMANCHESTER Rovers turned the tables on their UCL opponents St Ives Town after two extra-time goals gave them victory in the Hinchingbrooke Cup.

After several postponements, the teams found themselves closely matched. Rob Mackney's acrobatic fingertip save after half an hour to keep things level was the pick of the action.

The second half was more lively, with play moving from end to end, and though Saints had the better chances they could not capitalise on their opportunities.

For the third consecutive meeting between the two sides, the game entered extra-time.

Saints substitute Jon Hall was dismissed for two bookable offences early in the first period, and Godmanchester promptly took advantage.

Paul Bass's low 20-yard drive found the bottom corner to give Goddy a crucial lead.

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Just two minutes later it was 2-0 Grant Robbins prodded home from close range after carrying the ball through the defence.

Goddy lost a man to a red card after the extra-time interval when Darren Rae was sent off for a second yellow, but Ives could not recover the deficit.

Godmanchester co-manager Karly Hurst said his team had coped well with St Ives' forward line.

He added: "We knew the talent St Ives have up front, but our back four played very well.

"At half-time, once we had got to grips with them, we had the belief that we could create opportunities. We knew we had the firepower to take chances when we got them."

St Ives co-manager Jez Hall said: "We did not create enough chances. Our performance was below par and we should have done better.

"It is far too easy to get carried away with our progress in the FA Vase and sometimes we need to remind ourselves that games like tonight are important to us also. The Vase is great and the lads have done us proud but we have to keep focus on the league and local cups too.

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