Saturday, 8 September 2012

Radford 0-2 St Andrews (EMCL)

Not a lot happened in the early part of the game. Kevin Lusamba sent in a 25 yard rocket of a shot that went a yard over the St Andrews goal on 6 minutes and a dithering Radford defence were nearly caught out a couple of minutes later but were saved by an offside flag. St Andrews went 1-0 up on 19 minutes from the penalty spot. A ball over the Radford defence found Kieran Linnett in the penalty area where he was adjudged to have been fouled by Danny Beardsley. Beardsley was shown the red card as he was the last defender, Linnett stepped up and converted the spot kick. Linnett was to score St Andrews second goal 6 minutes later. Again the visitors went route one, Linnett beat Jahred Russell and the onrushing keeper to the ball before slotting the ball into the goal.

St Andrews were using their numerical advantage well spreading the ball around the pitch and they nearly went three up on 35 minutes as a cross found Linnett unmarked at the far post but his header was wide of the goal. Radford had a golden opportunity to equalise as half time approached. Bernado Alves beat the offside and raced free, from just inside the area he beat the keeper but his shot rebounded off the post to safety.

Radford attacked straight from the restart with Krasniqi dribbling into the area but his shot went straight at the keeper. Krasniqi went close again a minute later when Lusamba played him through but the keeper saved his goalbound effort. The Radford goal came under pressure midway into the second half, Apenitis was forced to make several important saves. The first being a great reaction save after a cross found a striker free in the box. St Andrews were shooting from all angles but Radfords defence held firm for the rest of the game to keep the score at 0-2.

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