Saturday, 5 January 2013

Radford 0-2 Graham Street Prims EMCL

Radford were competing well for much of the first half and as half time approached 0-0 was looking acceptable. But it all turned bad on 40 minutes when Stuart McCulloch was sent off. The midfielder had left the pitch for treatment asking the referee's assistant, but after being waived back on by the referee he was cautioned for leaving the pitch without the referees permission. The assistant did not support the player and then McCulloch was shown the red card for swearing at the referee. One of the Radford management team stood face to face with the referee giving him a tirade of abuse. Amazingly the second of the management team who did not abuse the referee was given a red card!

As the second half began Radford were still doing well but on 58 minutes a ball played over the top of the Radford defence set a Prims player free, as he raced into the area he was brought down by Alberto Salas and the referee awarded a penalty. Salas was the last defender and was shown the red card reducing Radford to nine players. Jim Rushby stepped up to take the penalty and beat Martins Apenitis with his spot kick. Not long after Radford's Will Gordon saw red for a challenge that was adjudged to be violent by the referee and the home side were down to eight players.

Radford went 0-2 down on 75 minutes when Jim Rushby finished from close range but Prims never really bossed Radford even though they were down to eight. With ten minutes remaining Radford put on Richard Derby, Gareth Ellis and Ayokunle Abbis. With two minutes remaining Ellis sustained an ankle injury and had to leave the pitch leaving Radford with 7 players. As 90 minutes was reached Prims had a player brought down in the area and as the player fell to the ground the referee blew for full time!

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