Written by Adam Hinchliff-Walz |
CSM were unlucky as they fell to a very late defeat in the Bottle Match. RSM’s 86th minute goal turned out to be the winner in a tightly contested match.
The first half started as it was to go on as RSM played a long ball over the top for CSM’s keeper, Jim Linehan to easily gather. The ball continued to be fired around the pitch as neither team could break the other down in the midfield. When the ball was played on the ground, both teams were guilty of giving away fouls.
This was typified by an RSM freekick on the 11th minute, a 30-yard fearsome shot that was well held by CSM’s keeper. There was good work on the left wing as CSM had a flurry of chances over the next 5 minutes from freekicks close to the left-hand touchline. The ball was in and around RSM’s box as CSM came close to scoring the opener, but it wasn’t to be and RSM weathered the storm.
RSM then had their own period of chances from a couple of corners in the 22nd minute. They also failed to make them pay, however, as their best chance – a header from the second corner – was placed just wide of the post. Again, the game descended into a cagey affair as long balls were being intercepted by both keepers and several fouls were committed by both teams.
A cross field ball in the 42nd minute summed up CSM’s half as the bounce beat the winger and went out for a goal kick.
The second half started in much the same way as RSM played a ball over the top, however this was a much tighter race with the CSM keeper showing good positioning to collect the ball before the onrushing attacker.
The pace of the game continued to pick up as a great move by CSM on the left wing in the 48th minute allowed the striker to put the ball through the keeper’s legs and score, only for the goal to be ruled out for offside. RSM then had their own claim for a goal, minutes later, as the ball was cleared off the CSM line, but the ref waved away the protests of the players and instead gave a goal kick.
The slow paced first half seemed to be forgotten by both teams as CSM pushed on down the right wing in the 53rd minute and got a free kick on the edge of the area.
Michael Hinkin placed a beautifully weighted cross into the box and Ross Embleton was desperately unlucky to see his header fly just wide of the top right-hand corner of the goal.
The end to end nature of the second half was shown as RSM floated a dangerous freekick into the CSM box in the 61st minute, only for two RSM players to get in each other’s way and knock the ball out of play.
CSM took the resulting goal kick quickly and played a ball over the top to Saverio Carrera (Number 9) who just managed to get a shot away as he was closed down by RSM’s keeper, but it was just wide.
Another chance for CSM came in the 65th minute after a crunching tackle from RSM resulted in a freekick and yellow card. Again, the chance came from a header, this time on target, but the RSM keeper produced a good save to deny the goal.
CSM continued to pile on the pressure and the ball was in RSM’s half constantly as CSM forced the mistakes. CSM had a warning of RSM’s counter-attacking threat in the 74th minute as a long ball nearly reached RSM’s striker but CSM’s keeper was again on hand to gather the ball.
RSM then had the ball in the net in the 77th minute after a mix-up by CSM’s keeper allowed an RSM player to tap the ball in from two yards, but it was rightly ruled out for offside.
CSM continued to put pressure on but RSM managed to get another ball over the top in the 86th minute, this time connecting with the striker who showed good pace to end up 1 on 1 with the CSM keeper who had no chance of saving the striker’s low shot that nestled in the bottom left hand corner of the goal.
CSM continued to push as the minutes ticked by, and despite a lengthy stoppage time, they couldn’t find a way through.
CSM can be proud of their performance, if not the score line, as they had more clear-cut chances and were the side in the ascendency until the RSM goal against the run of play.