FOOTBALL: Coningsby cup runs come to a sharp end with double defeat

Coningsby's Carl Wilson speeds in for a steal during the Challenge Cup Simi-final against FC Kirton on Thursday. Photo by Oscarpix Imaging. EMN-151204-142514001
Coningsby's Carl Wilson speeds in for a steal during the Challenge Cup Simi-final against FC Kirton on Thursday. Photo by Oscarpix Imaging. EMN-151204-142514001
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FC Kirton 3-2 Coningsby FC

It’s been a bad few days of football for Coningsby FC, losing a cup final on Thursday and crashing out of a cup semi final on Saturday.

On Thursday evening Coningsby FC travelled to The Tattershall Road Ground in Boston to meet FC Kirton in the final of the Challenge Cup.

The game turned out to be a bit of a disaster for Coningsby. The debacle got under way just nine minutes in when Kirton were gifted the ball just feet from an open, undefended goalmouth.

It was only three minutes later when a long goalmouth scramble following a free kick resulted in Kirton only needing to tap the ball over the scoreline.

The rest of the first half was a damage limitation exercise for the Reds. They never looked as if a scoring chance was in the offing, but at least they never let Kirton notch up their tally any more.

The woes for Coningsby continued after the break when in the eighth minute they gifted Kirton with an own goal when an attempted clearance went in an entirely unintended direction.

Moments after the restart Coningsby actually scored a goal for themselves, this came courtesy of Jamie Todd who, after a long meandering run, left himself with only the gentlest of kicks needed to put the ball home.

The Reds were suddenly revitalised with the hope that the tide had turned, but they had to wait until the ref’s watch showed 90 minutes before Lee Gemmell put a free kick surgically into the top left corner of the Kirton net.

Only once during the few minutes of injury time did the ball leave the Kirton half as Coningsby tried desperately for the equaliser, but that was not to be and it was FC Kirton who carried the cup home.

On Saturday Coningsby travelled to face Railway Athletic in the semi final of the Sharman Burgess Sports Cup, but again found themselves a goal short, this time losing 2-1.