Saturday, 12 January 2013

St Andrews 0-4 Radford (EMCL)

The visitors were impressive in the early stages and were stringing together some good passing moves. Three signings in midweek were making their debut for Radford and the management made several positional changes from the side that played last weekend. Will Gordon came close when he struck the bar from a twenty five yard free kick ten minutes into the game and Samir Boulghassoul came close to scoring for Radford on fifteen minutes but after beating a player in the area his shot flew across the face of the goal and out for a goalkick.

St Andrews first effort on goal came on twenty minutes when Jordan Lever was played through on goal but the Radford keeper forced him wide and his shot hit the side netting. Radford were having the greater share of possession and on the half hour a long goalkick found Samir Boulghassoul who outmuscled his marker, ran into the area and swept the ball past the St Andrews keeper. Radford continued to impress in the remaining fifteen minutes of the first half and went in leading by the one goal.

Five minutes into the second half Radfords keeper Martins Apenitis made a brilliant reaction save to keep out a goalbound effort, but that was the last real moment of uncertainty for the efficient Radford defence.Just after the hour mark Will Gordon found himself running into the St Andrews area but he failed to go down after he was ankle tapped, he stayed on his feet but his shot was blocked. Radford scored a second goal around the 75 minute mark when Gordon hit a 25 yard screamer into the home sides net. A minute later Martin Allen set up Jarrod Russell whoose low shot beat the diving St Andrews keeper.Radford made it a certain away win on 82 minutes when a move on the right wing led to the ball being crossed into the area for Jarrod Russell to finish. FT 0-4

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