The 1st XI drew 2 – 2 at RHOBFC. Scorers TBC. Apparently we played with 10 men for 80 mins after an early dismissal.
The 2nd XI’s League Cup ¼ Final win was the Ruts highlight of the day. Joint Manager George Tidey reported as follows.
A depleted 2nd XI turned up for their quarter final vs NPL Res FC, with 5 regular players missing for one reason or another. Large credit to, Tommy and Owura, who stepped up from the 3rd and 4th XI respectively.
The Ruts made a bright start and it wasn’t long until Kevin Foster turned his man inside out and drew in a foul inside the box. The penalty that followed was put away by the in-form Baker.
A resilient NPL side got hold of the game not long after the Ruts goal and went ahead with a slalom run through the middle of the ruts defence. 1-1. Just before half time, a nice piece of football saw the ball fall to Will Mortimer who slotted the ball past their keeper. 2-1 at half time and deserved.
The 2nd half kicked off and Ruts had two big chances within the first 10 minutes, which went awry. Then, as we all know, Football has a funny way of biting you on the bum and with 8 mins to go, NPL scored from a clever free kick. 2-2 full time.
A cagey extra time saw chances at both ends but to no avail. Penalties.
Stand in keeper and joint manager Jon Mapp shone bright in green and stopped the NPL’s first after Baker had scored his second penalty of the day – only for Mapp to save the following NPL penalty too!! It seemed there was no way back for NPL as the Ruts lads stood strong and won 4-1 on pens seeing them into the Semi-Final. This was a superb and resilient performance, with plenty of heart and team spirit. This is what the Ruts is all about, Get in!
The 3rd XI Away Match was Postponed.
The 4th XI hosted AMY Res FC at Poplar Road. This was a closely fought contest which could have gone any of the 3 ways possible.
Prasath Jeyakanthan pounced early on when the visiting keeper spilled the ball and the Ruts held their lead until midway through the second half.
The Visitors grew stronger as the game went on and with the wind in their favour too, they levelled and soon after struck again to secure the 3 points. Plenty of positives for the Ruts to take from this match though.
Best wishes to the Ruts Youth teams tomorrow.