Slow start costs Caledon

Wednesday, 6 September 2017

ROVERS travelled to Craigavon on Saturday to take Intermediate A side AFC Silverwood in the Marshall Cup.

AFC Silverwood...2
Caledon Rovers...1

Things got off to the worst possible start as Rovers went 2-0 down after just eight minutes with two goals that could have been avoided.

Caledon settled down after a slight formation adjustment, with the midfield getting to grips with the game.

Caddoo shifted to the left and was a huge threat with his blistering pace.

Smyth broke down the right, held off his marker and delivered a great cross to the back post but nobody was there to finish it off.

Silverwood's solid defending saw them see off any attacks and keep their lead intact until half time.

The second half saw Williamson introduced on the right and Caddoo move up front.

This proved fruitful straight away with Caddoo beating his marker for pace but just sending the ball agonisingly wide off the mark.

Rovers got their way back into the game when Caddoo was through on goal and was upended by two defenders in the box.

McMahon stepped up and slotted to the bottom right to keep their Marshall Cup hopes alive.

AFC were defending resolutely and anything thrown at them was dealt with.

A last ditch clearance from a Williamson cross in the dying moments was cleared as McMahon was ready to pounce for a tap in.

The equaliser never came but a much better performance after the horrendous start.

There were plenty of positives to take from the game but a much better start is needed as the team travels to take on Maguiresbridge FC in the IFA Junior Cup next Saturday.

Man of the Match was Jonny Elliott.


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