Manager Tony O’Donovan and his assistant Simon Jay would of been delighted to see their team leave sawston progressing through to the next round of the CREAKE charity shield.
On a very good playing surface st Ives almost had the perfect start with some nice passing straight from kick off leading to Ben Smith hitting the post from outside the penalty area within the first minute.
Immediately afterwards sawston could of themselves taken the lead with a swift counter attack only to be thwarted by some last ditch defending by the st Ives back four.
Sawston took the lead after an even first thirty minutes with a fine header from a perfectly placed corner kick.
Not to be deterred st Ives got back to their passing game and deservedly equalised when Danilo Corvalho neatly squared the ball for Bailey Baker to fire home from outside the penalty box.
With the scores even at halftime the second half continued in the same fashion with both sides playing good attractive passing football.
As the second half progressed St Ives change of formation started to pay off with them becoming more and more in charge of possession in midfield and creating chances.
With time running out and the possibility of penalties looking a certainty st Ives pressure finally paid off. Danilo Corvalho latching on to a fumble from the home keeper to calmly slot home. Unbridled joy from everyone of the young town team as they celebrated clinching victory with a minute to go.
It may be St Ives that move on into the next round but Sawston played their part in an enthralling match with credit also going to the referee who was excellent throughout.
St Ives Town reserves – J Purse. K Frans. E Young. L Bald. B Baker. C O’Donovan. S Simms. J Jay. K Pilkington. D Corvalho. B Smith.
D Lobo. C Paine. R McDougald.
|November 9, 2019
|Creak Charity Shield
|St Ives Town Reserves