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Ashington Cougars
Copthorne
Sat 14 Oct 09:30 - League Full time

Ashington Cougars v Copthorne Youth

Ashington Cougars v Copthorne Youth

Ashington Cougars v Copthorne Youth - 14th October 2017
Cougars third league game of the season saw them at home to Copthorne, having won their first two games Cougars knew a win would mean they’d leapfrog Copthorne to the top of the table.
The game started slowly but Cougars just edged the early exchanges, Thomas Fitzpatrick coming close on two occasions with long range shots and when after 12 minutes the ball fell to Jamie Gallagher just inside the Copthorne 18 yards box he stretched well to prod the ball into the corner of the goal giving Cougars a 1 - 0 lead. Despite the majority of possession Cougars didn’t look like they’d trouble the scorers further until Toby Ralph collected the ball 25 yards from goal and shot with power and accuracy – very deliberately picking his spot out of the keepers reach and the ball smashed the inside of the cross bar and bounced into the goal extending the lead to 2 – 0.
Copthorne, knowing a third goal would put the game out of reach then started to throw players forward and uncharacteristically the Cougars defence failed to clear the ball on several occasion and when Copthorne scored it was deserved and with the run of play.
The first half ended 2- 1 to Cougars.
The second half saw a much more familiar Cougars , the introduction of Liam Hutchison to central defence seemed to strengthen the back line and any threats on goal were thwarted before they got started and Cougars started to control the game, Thomas Cordingley’s pace and power caused havoc amongst the opposition defence and Toby Ralph, who hits a football as well as anyone was desperately unlucky to not score again - hitting the cross bar three times and the post once.
The game ended 2 – 1 to Cougars, however another week with Fortuna dealing a fairer hand the score would have been 8 – 1.

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