Wednesday 4th May 2011 – Central Conference Cup final
Played at Ilkeston – not really a very neutral venue for a final !
Kev couldn’t make it, and I was going to just go and watch and not bother with a blog entry - but I still took notes of goalscorers and times, so may as well pass them on!
Ilkeston were looking for a league and cup double, but judging by their first half performance they looked to have no chance of achieving that! They squandered a few chances and had two efforts cleared off the line, but went behind on 26 when the visiting no. 8 MARSDEN ( I think) bundled home from close range. I was with “Wheelchair” Trev Williams and his pal – we spent quite a lot of the first half looking at aircraft contrails – that’s how entertaining the first half was. H-T 0-1
The second half was much better – Ilkeston seemed to have gained a couple of gears and were a couple of yards quicker all of a sudden. They were on terms with just 6 minutes of the second half played – a cracking cross from the left met by RYAN WILSON who headed powerfully home from 8 yards.
The home team took the lead on 61, when a looping header from ANDREW OSEI-SIRIBOUR caught Rangers keeper Turner flat-footed and ended up in the back of the net. Just 60 seconds later, TYRELL WAITE chased a ball into the box, and when Turner dived over it, the big no. 9 smashed into the net from a really tight angle. Terrific finish!
Rangers threw on their subs, both big lads, and the game swung back their way as the home team decided to try and hang on to what they had. Rangers reduced their arrears on 90, when their no. 10 SMITH fired home at the far post, then Ilkeston had to thank their keeper Luke Edge in stoppage time – he pulled off a breath-taking save from a 25 yard bullet shot that looked a goal as soon as it was struck. The keeper reacted quickly to dive and tip the ball over the bar – the resultant corner was cleared, the ref blew for full time and the double was done! F-T 3-2
Attendance -- not known at the time of writing