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Second-half goals seal cup success

TWO goals early in the second-half saw Redgrave Rangers lift the Suffolk Primary Cup.

TWO goals early in the second half saw Redgrave Rangers lift the McDonald’s Suffolk Primary Cup for a second time.

The Macron SIL Division Three side deservedly defeated Cavendish 2-0 at the Jobserve Community Stadium, home of Colchester United FC, on Tuesday evening.

Jack Church headed them in front after 47 minutes and substitute Wojciech Kawa rifled home the second six minutes later to settle the outcome for the 2012-13 winners.

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Cavendish's Harry Liskus (blue shirt, No.9) first in a first-half shot. Main photograph: Redgrave Rangers celebrate after being presented with the cup. Photographs: Paul Voller

After a low-key opening period in which neither side created much in the way of chances, the game was in need of a goal.

It was Redgrave Rangers’ striker Church who supplied it, climbing above the Cavendish defence to nod home Artur Leszczynski’s left-wing corner just two minutes after the restart.

Redgrave then struck again six minutes later when Leszczynski’s free-kick from the left was cleared only as far as Kawa, whose rising drive struck the underside of the crossbar and bounced down before crossing the line.

The Essex & Suffolk Border League Division Two side failed to break down the Redgrave Rangers defence, and it was Redgrave who came closest to scoring when Tom Williamson tipped over Harvey Addison’s measured shot.

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Jack Church (red & black shirt) climbs above the Cavendish defence to head Redgrave Rangers in front from a corner after 47 minutes. Photograph: Paul Voller

Redgrave Rangers Manager Jordan Balls said: “I think we gave them too much respect in the first-half. It was a big game and some of our lads have not been in that position before.

“In the second-half they did exactly as we asked them to and they controlled the game throughout the 45 minutes and could have scored more than twice.

“We knew the first goal would be crucial and that if we scored first, it would settle all of our nerves. That then gave us the freedom to play our own game.

“The second goal killed the game off, and we were dangerous up until the 90th minute and could have scored a third.”

Cavendish manager Liam Cawtheray said: “In the first half-an-hour I thought we were pretty much in control of the game, but we then allowed them to get back into the game.

“We said we need to get back to that level of the first half-an-hour and then go up another level, but unfortunately we never got there and are all bitterly disappointed.

“We were our own worst enemy as we let in two sloppy goals, so I am gutted really.”

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Substitute Wojciech Kawa (red & black shirt, No. 23) fires home his side's second goal via the underside of the crossbar. Photograph: Paul Voller

The result means Redgrave Rangers remain on course for a double-double, after winning promotion and a cup last season.

The cup and medals were presented by Suffolk FA Chair Phil Lawler, SIL Chair Keith Norton and Essex & Suffolk Border League Chair John Campany.


The Teams

Cavendish: Tom Williamson, Jordan Melia, Adam King, Jake Wood, Aaron Taylor, Jack Hubbard, Connor Dye, Lloyd Finch, Harry Liskus, Haydn Taylor, Harrison Childs. Used subs: Ethan Mills, Will Chaplin, Dave Dowding. Unused subs: Kamran Purcell, Callum Brind.

Redgrave Rangers: Ryan MacArthur, Tyler Matthews, Aaron Day, Kairon Hines, Nathan Channell, Artur Leszczynski, Harvey Addison, Jack Church, Sam Goddard, Phil Myles, Mitch Gooderham-Watts. Used subs: Daniel Betts, Stavey Payne, Joe White, Luke Hall, Wojciech Kawa.

Referee: Terry Rackley.

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