Wednesday, 22 October 2008

Cruel blow ends Blades cup hopes

Frecheville Blades 1 (Sverkos 48)
Firefly United 2 (Vargas 19, Ferreyra 120+5)
(AET. FT 1-1)

A cruel and controversial penalty in the last minute of added time in extra time saw the Frecheville Blades crash out of the CWA League Cup at the semi-final stage.

The Blades had matched their illustrious opponents for much of the latter stages of a tight match, with substitute Renan spurning a golden opportunity when clean through on goal deep into extra time.

The early play, however, had been all Firefly - by half time the Blades had still to register a shot at goal after struggling to adapt to their new attack-oriented 4-4-2 formation. Firefly had taken an early lead through a terrific Vargas shot from distance. A switch to 4-3-3 for the Blades at half time, when a goal down, yielded immediate returns though, with Sverkos converting from a Devaca cross.

However, as the game moved towards a seemingly inevitable penalty shoot-out, central defender Devaca turned villain and gave away a penalty for holding Ferreyra in the box. Ferreyra himself stepped up to coolly slot home the winner and put Firefly into the final.

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