|Date||9th April 2017|
|Competition||Peter Morrison Trophy|
|Kick-off Time||10:00 am|
|Result||Lost 0 ‐ 1|
The Masters’ exciting run in the Peter Morrison was ended in controversial circumstances, the conversion of a highly contentious penalty all that separated the sides at 90 mins. Although the match winning decision is what will grab the headlines, the sides know that the tie should have been done and dusted long beforehand.
On the back of a tough match vs an ex-pro XI on Weds, The Masters were missing a couple few players with others somewhat patched up. But you’d never have noticed as, in an opening 30 minutes, they totally dominated their younger opposition. In Matt Stock and Liron Mannie the opposition had pace aplenty going forward, but Mark Addis, Guys Morris, Tony Gold and Adam Myeroff were outstanding in not giving them a sniff.
Whilst not at their fluent best – the speed of their opponents certainly playing a part in that – it was The Masters who created the chances to put the game out of sight, and their failure to do so was to in the end prove costly. Lee Cash was the first to threaten, a brilliant flick over the defender saw him volley sweetly from 6 yards, but he hit it straight at the keeper when a mis-hit would have given the side the lead! Saul Conway was next, bursting clear he held off the defender, but he delayed enough to allow the keeper to make a smothering save. And the Raiders keeper was again in the right place to fumble the ball behind for a corner from Morris’ header. Next to try was Cash again, a stinging shot was parried into the path of Paul Hakim, but he stabbed the rebound with the goal at his mercy.
There were other near misses as raiders rode their luck…and then received a huge slice of it. As Morris attacked a bouncing ball with his head, a Raiders player ran into the back him and went down. No one appealed, most the assumed the delayed whistle was for a foul on Morris or possibly even a dive. But the referee incredibly awarded a penalty kick that Lions old boy David Dinkin smashed home.
On a warm morning and without the legs on the bench that they’d usually expect, one could be forgiven for assuming The Masters would fall away. But far from it. They continued to look the more likely. Conway and Hakim linked well, the keeper again to their rescue with a smothering save. But when Conway’s next effort was parried again into Hakim’s path the equaliser looked a cert, but The Masters striker couldn’t steady himself and succeeded only in poking wide with the goal at his mercy.
The Masters gambled, reverting to a back three and trying to press on. They left some gaps, but some excellent defending again and good solid keeping from Russ Corin ensured they remained just a goal behind. Despite tiring they still fashioned clear chances – A Morris header, a goalmouth scramble, Stolerman seeing a header from close range saved again, but as the clocked ticked down they didn’t make the most of a couple of good opportunities to deliver into the box and thus failed to find the equaliser that would have been the minimum they deserved.
A tough pill to swallow as this was a competition in which they more than matched every opponent. A final would have been their just reward, but a failure to take their chances and a poor refereeing decision have cost them that chance.
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Squad: Corin, Gold, Morris, Addis, Myeroff, Levack, Cash, Pearl, Conway, Hakim, Sloma (capt). Subs: Daggers, Lenchner, Bentley, Stolerman, G Gold.
MOM: Adam Myeroff