FOOTBALL: Coningsby Reserves set up cup final date

Coningsby Reserves' Danny Cottingham makes a challenge from behind backed up by his skipper, Matt Brader, who was soon to score the opener in Saturday's Willoughby Shield semi-final. Photo by Oscarpix Imaging.
Coningsby Reserves' Danny Cottingham makes a challenge from behind backed up by his skipper, Matt Brader, who was soon to score the opener in Saturday's Willoughby Shield semi-final. Photo by Oscarpix Imaging.
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Coningsby Reserves went through to the Barclays Brokers Willoughby Shield final with a 2-1 win over Freiston Reserves at the Allan Barker Field.

Goals from Matt Brader and Jamie Todd were enough to send the Reserves through after a freak goal gave Freiston an equaliser.

From the outset it was clear that both teams were desperate to make the final, but it wasn’t until Brader’s 23rd minute header that Coningsby took the lead.

The Coningsby captain converted a corner to open the scoring when just two minutes later Freiston equalised.

A long punt from the right wing in their own half was aided by the wind and bounced clear over the head of Andy Yeomans in the Coningsby goal.

With the tie poised on a knife edge Todd put Coningsby back in front just eight minutes in to the second half.

His shot from the right wing had the wind behind it and sailed into the back of the net.

Conditions took a turn for the worse and driving rain put a stop to either side adding to the scoresheet and Coningsby held on to make the final of the Cup.

They will take on Swineshead Institute Reserves on April 24.