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Match Report

Cup -

Carberry FC

Dave Bridger (2)

David Clarke (2)

Sat 26 Sep 2009

Attendance: 8




Star player: Matt Bodkin

Portsmouth Kurdish United

Carberry's league programme took a back seat as it was the first round of the Purcell cup, the Portsmouth Saturday league equivalent of the FA cup. Carberry's opponent were familiar opposition as they had been drawn against last seasons league winners Portsmouth Kurdish United who had already made an impressive start to their life in Division 1.

Injuries, illnesses and holidays completely decimated Carberry's squad with them only being able to name 11 players for the start of the game, with a couple of injuries included in that starting XI. Graham Clarke came in for his first start of the season and James Clarke found himself in an unfamiliar position up front alongside prolific striker Jay Robinson.

But the start of the game didn't go the way the way that many may have expected as Carberry started the brightest after being inspired by their skipper winning the coin toss in his first attempt this season. With Rees and Bridger starting their first game of the season in the middle the whole team were stroking the ball around as delicately as the king of sleaze is with his beloved CP's mooie. This enabled Carberry to apply some pressure on the Kurdish back line and it wasn't long before this pressure tolled.
A corner was whipped in from Robinson and a defender headed it to the edge of the area where Bridger picked it up. After dancing around a couple of defenders he was savagely brought down on the edge of the area. David Clarke picked the ball up and curled the ball over the wall and into the far corner.
Still Carberry applied some pressure and it didn't take long for Carberry to extend their lead. A defender headed a long clearance out and again it was Skipper Briidger who picked the ball up. This time he didn't prance around. He controlled the ball instantly, looked up and unleashed an unstoppable 25 drive that went into the roof of the net leaving the keeper no chance.......

However after this, Kurdish seemed to get into the game more. The Carberry players seemed to start to struggle with their various injuries and were starting to look a bit ragged. One move saw Kurdish rip their way through the Carberry team and with the striker seemingly just about to tuck the ball away, Bodkin came from nowhere to get a vital touch that saw the ball deflect off of the inside of the post and away from the danger area. This was a warning sign for the Carberry side, one which they didn't take heed of as within 5 minutes, Kurdish got their goal. An identical move saw the Kurdish attacker in the same place and this time he made no mistake in tucking the ball past keeper Howe.

Carberry were the most grateful for the half time whistle but were more grateful for the arrival of "BEEFY"!! Carberry making the sub straight away, replacing James Clarke and Howe coming out into midfield.

Carberry started slowly in the second half with Kurdish coming out strong and were unlucky not to make this pressure count with an equaliser. But Carberry survived and were soon back to their hard working, solid self. Now it was Kurdish who were looking tired and this started to boil over, with the defender being booked for arguing with the referee. This was soon made worse when Bridger found himself on the end of another Rees long throw and calmly knocked the ball into the net for his second of the game.
With all this happening Jay Robinson was still looking for his first goal of the season and he will be left wondering how today wasn't that day when he broke his duck. First he had a shot that lobbed over the keeper and hit the bar and despite being the first to react his delicate header was even more unlucky to hit the post. Then after rounding the keeper, he was roughly bundled over. He just managed to squeeze out a shot which the keeper did well to recover and scoop and poke the ball away from the goal. However, the referee bought the play back and gave a penalty to Carberry for the initial foul on Robinson. David Clarke stepped up and calmly stroked home the penalty for his second of the game.
There was still enough time for the Kurdish defender to receive his second yellow card for a foul on Clarke, but in the end Carberry saw the game out for a surprising comfortable win.

It was a tremendous team performance as all 12 players in the squad played out their part in the famous win. Special mention has to go out to the Clarke gene pool. With David Clarke notching another 2 goals to take his tally to 8 in 4 games, Graham Clarke put in a solid shift playing a full 90 mins for the first time in ages and James Clarke who defied doctors orders in helping out his beloved Carberry.

Starting line up

  • 5

    Frankie Howe

    Match rating: 7

  • 18

    Cole Robinson

    Match rating: 8

  • 3

    Luke Emre

    Match rating: 7

  • 4

    Louis Rees

    Match rating: 7

  • 2

    Matt Bodkin

    Match rating: 8

  • 6

    Richard Flower

    Match rating: 7

  • 14

    Graham Clarke

    Match rating: 7

  • 8

    Dave Bridger

    Match rating: 8

  • 9

    Jay Robinson

    Match rating: 7

  • 7

    James Clarke

    Match rating: 7

  • 11

    David Clarke

    Match rating: 7


  • 1

    Alex Cornborough

    Match rating: 7

  • 25

    Toby Cartledge

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