Clifton St Vincent’s B 1 – 3 Sneyd Park A
MANAGER Will Amos may have been disappointed but was still full of praise for the B Team after they finished 3-1 losers to Sneyd Park A in the All Saints Cup final on the Downs.
His side had the better of the early exchanges and came close to taking the lead when Aitor Cruz threaded a pass through the opposition’s square defence for Christian Cano Inguanzo to reach and shoot narrowly wide.
The B’s almost broke the deadlock again a couple of minutes later when a speculative shot spun high off a Sneyd defender and slapped the top of the crossbar before bouncing over.
But their superiority was eventually rewarded in the 27th minute when Christian De La Bastide out-paced the Sneyd defence and kept his composure to drill the ball low into the bottom left corner.
Sneyd however, hit back four minutes later when their front-runner cut along the left by-line to prod the ball home just inside the left post.
They then took a 2-1 lead early in the second-half when a shot rebounded kindly off a post and into the middle of the goal to leave one of their players with a simple tap-in while the B’s static defence were appealing for off-side.
With Cruz and Sam Stephens taking control of midfield, Amos’s team launched a 15-minute raid on the opposition’s goal and if it had not been for some last-ditch defender, would have equalised.
But it was Sneyd who had the final say when they took full advantage of a poor back-pass during a quick breakaway to loop the ball over keeper Brian Rowe to finish 3-1 winners.
Manager Amos said after his side collected the runner’s up medals: “I’m disappointed that we lost, but I can’t find fault with the amount of effort the lads put in.
“Sneyd play in a division higher than us and were the better side on the day, but I thought we matched them for the majority of the game.”
He named Sam Stephens as his man-of-the-match for an industrious performance in mid-field.
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