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Eton 4 Cranleigh 3
May 2, Holden, Karslake

The outcome of this pulsating match was decided by a strong 20 minute spell from the home side straight after half time, which yielded 2 important goals, but it was the visiting side that ran the show in the opening stages, playing a sharp and incisive passing game deep in Eton territory. Weak home tackling allowed the skilful Cranleigh right half to waltz unopposed into the Eton circle and finish with comfort; a lead which the visitors should have extended as wayward defensive passes presented them with several gift horses. May scored his customary short corner goal before the break to level matters against the run of play.

Eton’s marking, tackling and distribution improved immeasurably in the second half. Shaw Stewart, Innes and Karslake released Holden, May and Nadeem, who exposed the lack of pace in Cranleigh’s high defence. Holden finished well to make the score 2-1 and a flowing break from defence was eventually finished by May to give Eton breathing space. Cranleigh resorted to dribbling, thereby allowing Palmer, Cox, Salter, MacInnes and Maxwell to show their tackling prowess and Cranleigh’s attacking threat thereafter declined. The teams traded a goal apiece in the last 10 minutes until Cranleigh’s short corner goal with the last strike of the game brought the score back to 4-3.



DATE POSTED: 28 February 2009

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