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Egerton 1-2 WBAFC
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Sunday, 03 March 2019 13:19


CFL Premier League Challenge Cup Semi-Final

Whaley reach 4th consecutive CFL final and if successful at Trafford FC on Thursday March 28th would be the first and only team ever in the Cheshire League’s 70 year history to win four prestigious Challenge Cups on the trot.

Although surrounded by quality grass pitches the game today was played on a 3G artificial surface; regardless it was from the off a quality game with two teams of contrasting styles making for a very entertaining encounter in which the visitors quickly adapted to the surface to match their opponents measured and controlled game. However, too much of Egerton’s ‘3G’ style football instigated by influential captain Jim Chernski went sideways and backwards, not least because the visitors pressed them extremely well, and although good in possession they created little in the final 3rd. Whaley on the other hand interspersed their ground play with some telling diagonal through balls to the lively Dwyer and speedy Leadbetter who between them peppered the Egerton goal in a first half.

The visitors deservedly went ahead on 20 minutes when Dwyer, not for the first time, latched on to a diagonal ball down the left to cut inside the full back to fire a great cross-shot that hit the far post on its way into the net. The game continued cat and mouse like and but for some majestic play by Egerton’s number 5 Omar Mbowi and some telling saves by keeper James Oppou Whaley’s speedy front two might have finished the game first half with Leadbetter hitting both post and bar.

Whaley however lost concentration and from a rare break down the left missed several tackles to allow a free shot in on goal at point blank range; a shot that Tattersall saved magnificently only to see the ball drop to Darius Osei first to react and tap in to even the scores completely against the chances count.

Second half and much of the same, Egerton playing a patient possession game with Whaley breaking to create the majority of chances. Dwyer clean through on goal twice lifted one just over the bar and the other just passed the post; Laedbetter too got clear twice but also couldn’t find the killer finish… their pace creating havoc in the home side defence. 70 minutes and Dwyer set off on another typical run cutting in from the right along the 18 yard line checking this way and that before finding a gap to fire home a left footer low and hard into the bottom corner to put Whaley in front.

Stand in centre back Joe Armstrong and Oli Toseland never looked overly bothered and were comfortable throughout keeping the renowned Darius Osei and co quiet. The midfield all performed well so much so that there was no stand-out player, all mixing a pressing game with some sensible possession creative stuff; the Broome having burnt himself for the cause was replaced on 70 minutes by the Jack Gregory.

Tattersall; Bailey; Toseland; Armstrong; Dunn; Langford; Sutton; Broome; Gilbride; Dwyer (2); Leadbetter

Gregory; Gemmell; O’Donnell

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