Match Report
Shipham AFC v Cardiff Northern OB


League Division 5


Shipham AFC


Cardiff Northern OB


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Match Reports

Shipham AFC Report;

"At least the rain held off for the last match of the season. Although Cardiff were generally on top, there were spells when some competitive football broke out. Apart from their rogue right back, the mix between wanting to win and wanting to just play football was about right. Good luck to Cardiff for their last two matches. We're off to the Over 45s next season having languished at the bottom of Div 5 for too long."

Cardiff Northern OB Report:

" With the recent good weather departing for the day, the NOBS made their way along the M4 and M5 for their longest trip of the season to old favourites Shipham F.C. Hampered by the lack of a keeper again and with only 10 men, Matt Rowley took the gloves and started a 4-4-1 formation with the returning James Courtman up front. Despite the lack of a full team, the NOBS were pretty much in control from the beginning, with Huw Joynson and Troy Reilly linking well down the left, Courtman and Matt Kerkhoff making the running and causing the Shipham defence problems, Kerkhoff being unlucky with a couple of chances before he broke the deadlock tucking home after Courtmans pass sent him clear. Courtman himself got on the scoresheet soon after muscling a defender off the ball to finish with aplomb for 2-0. That was the beginning of the only real shaky period for Northern but Andy Chandler and Kevin Phillips defended stoutly, Rowley being kept well protected only needed to make one save of note in the entire half, although we should have conceded when a free header from a corner was allowed and badly missed at our far post. After being under a spell of pressure, Northern got a break forward with virtually the last play of the half, Reilly switching play to Mike Murray who's cross was half cleared but Mark Smith got the ball through to Courtman who again finished well for 3-0 at half time. The second half playing up the famous Shipham slope was fairly quiet, Shipham only having a few corners and speculative shots from distance which Northern again defended well, and it was Murray who got the fourth with a well taken shot from outside the box for his first goal for the club. The game petered out to end 4-0 to Northern. Man of the match was Kevin Phillips."