Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Beer Cup: City 3-1 Daggers 1

City took on League Two outfit Dagenham & Redbridge in the 1st round of the Mickey Mouse (sorry, Carling) Cup tonight.

In the first competitive evening match in the new stadium (great lights), City easily put this one to bed. After opening the scoring through midfielder Gavin Rae (he doesn't get as many as he should), Bothroyd added a second from a dubious spot kick award.

Luck for him, the ref decided his first effort shouldn't count for some infringement or other. He'd ambled up to th ball and lightly side footed it and the keeper saved easily. When the ref awarded the re-take, it seemed Michael Chopra had said something liek "Enough of that c**p" let me take it, but Bothroyd won the day and hammered his second attempt home.

City inevitably went flat in the second period, and the Daggers to their credit and kept going, pulling one back with about 10 minutes to go. They had a glorious chance to equalise just before full time but the ball tantalisingly (for them) evaded all boots.

In the injury time, City wrapped it up with a great goal though Peter Whittingham, who so often fails to deliver an end product but some neat footbal, some nifty 1-2's and an exquisite finish sealed a comfortable win for City, who go into tomorrow's draw for round 2.

Up the City!

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