Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Ely City 2 Soham Town Rangers 2

Preseason continued with another game in the heat and another draw. It was a very new look Ely City that took to the field and they can be quite proud of their performance in what was a decent match.

Ely took the lead on 20 minutes when James Carmen lobbed the Soham goalkeeper to put the Robins in the lead. Ely had most of the chances in the first half, but Soham equalised before the half was up.

The second half was also keenly contested and Ely took the lead when a Soham defender put the ball in his own net. Unfortunately, the Robins weren't able to hold on for the win though, as a in the closing minutes a goal line scramble saw the visitors capitalise to make it 2-2 on the night.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Day 2 of the Absolute Sports Travel Cup

We didn't go to the second day of the tournament, but for the record West Ham won the trophy after beating Espanyol 4-2 and Shakhtar came second after beating Cambridge 3-2,

Cambridge United 2 Espanyol 2

The second game of the tournament was certainly action packed when a resilient Cambridge United took on a silky Espanyol side who liked to pass the ball around with some style.

The early chances in the game all fell to Espanyol who hit the woodwork 3 times. Not surprisingly with so much pressure the Spanish side took the lead on 27 minutes when Marc Gual slotted home. The lead was short lived though, as on 35 minutes Tom Elliot headed home to bring the home team back into the game.

Espanyol came close to taking the lead again when Ivan Sales beat half of the Cambridge team just before hitting the woodwork yet again, however despite all the chances it was still 1-1 when the teams went in at the break.

If the first half was all about Espanyol then the second half was all Cambridge. Just after half time Elliot doubled his and the U's tally by setting off down the wing and slotting the ball past Ruiz. Dunk was also causing Espanyol problems down the wing and Elliot was looking for his hat trick.

However, like the Shakhtar and West Ham game a raft of substitutes altered the flow of the game and Espanyol started to dominate again. In the final minute Pol Mikel Lirola ran down the flank and squared the ball to Martinez who slotted home.

A draw was probably a fair result in what was a very entertaining match.

West Ham United 0 Shakhtar Donetsk 0

The tournament started off with a young Shakhtar team taking on a young West Ham team. The temperature didn't help with the pace of the game, but there were still plenty of chances with the Hammers probably having the slight edge.

Kieran Sadler had the best chance of the game when his blasted shot rattled the Shakhtar crossbar. Artem Gabelok who came on as substitute for the Donetsk team also came close and looked lively in front of goal. Those chances did come though when West Ham had changed almost their entire team.

The first chance of the game fell to West Ham who came close to scoring through Elliot Lee after Seb Lleget had done the hard work, but Shakhtar keeper Yevhen Grytsenko was equal to the shot.

Shakhtar came back and came close from corner, which was expertly controlled by Rotislav Rusin who found Nikita Bezugliy in space, but he was unable to keep his shot on target.

In the first 10 minutes Blair Turgott tested Grytsenko again, but he was able to save with ease as he was another shot from Lee a few seconds after. Shakhtar then went up the other end and Valeriy Hryshyn had a great shot that Tim Brown did well to save.

On 36 minutes the Hammers hit the crossbar when Sadler finally beat Grytsenko. However, it was still 0-0 at half time, although both keepers and the crossbar were tested.

The Hammers started the second half on the front foot and Lleget, Turgott and Alex Pike all had chances before the hour mark. The Hammers then made 9 substitutes and lost the impetus with Shakhtar starting to push for the winner. The best chance came to Artem Grabelok with 12 minutes left. His shot stung the hands of Danny Boness, who was now in goals for the Hammers. However, neither team was able to grab a winner and the game finished 0-0

Sunday, July 20, 2014

A few photos from Cambridge United v Espanyol - Part 2

A few more photos from Cambridge's 2-2 draw with Espanyol 

Cambridge come close with a free kick.

The weather at times was hotter than the World Cup in Brazil, so you can't blame them for having a drinks break.

Cambridge come close again!

A few photos from Cambridge v Espanyol - part 1

The 2-2 draw between Cambridge and Espanyol was more entertaining. Here are a few photos from that game ahead of the reports. Photos are in two parts.

Teams shake hands ahead of the kick off.

Espanyol control the midfield early on.

Espanyol press forward.

Match action from Shakhtar 0 West Ham 0

A few photos from the game:

West Ham clear the ball. 

Some midfield action

West Ham come close