Saturday, 22 September 2012

Thurnby Nirvana 3-0 Radford EMCL

Radford have played Thurnby Nirvana twice in five days and on both occasions they were outplayed for large periods of the games. Nice ground at Thurnby and good hospitality for their visitors. £4 to get in but the programme was a poor effort.

In the first minute Thurnby's Will Gonga had an eighteen yard effort fly just over the crossbar and three minutes later Radford's Beardsley set up Jordan Alls but his shot was saved at the near post. On seven minutes Radford thought they had took the lead, A Beardsley free kick found Jarrod Russell free at the far post and he volleyed home from six yards out but the linesman had his flag up for offside. On 18 minutes Thurnby's Smyles had a chip from inside the area beat the Radford keeper and go narrowly over the bar. Radford came back at Thurnby and a Krasniqi shot from 25 yards fizzed over the Thurnby bar.

Thurnby took control of the game in the second half and five minutes in Adam Mahl saved Radford wth a last ditch tackle as a striker was about to score. Martins Apenitis in the Radford goal made two great reaction saves on 54 minutes but a minute later Louis Neckles gave Thurnby the breakthrough after good work from Reece Morris had set him up. It was 2-0 in the 63rd minute when Phabian Smyles recieved a flick-on in the area and cooly finished. Two substitutions for Radford made little difference to the constant Thurnby pressure and ten minutes from time it was 3-0 when Matt Melbourne finished off a move created on the right wing.

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