On Tuesday night Ely took on Newmarket in the semi-final of the Eastern Counties League Cup. It has been a poor season for Ely, so a chance of a cup final and putting one over local neighbours offered a good distraction from league action.
The first 10 minutes were pretty uneventful with both sides struggling to settle, although the tackles started to fly. It took 20 minutes for the game to take any shape whatsoever, however and it seemed like Newmarket were going to be the team to take control of the game. As the half progressed Ely defended well, but it was Newmarket who were creating all the chances. Nevertheless it seemed like the game was going to be 0-0 at half time, that was until 43 minutes when Adam Murray popped up with a trademark header to put the home side in the lead, against the run of play.
The second half started with both teams being pretty equally balanced, with the tackles really flying in. However, Ely's talisman Adam Murray had to go off on 65 minutes and it seemed like it would be more difficult for Ely to hang on. It eventually took a wonder goal from Newmarket on 80 minutes to level the scores. The game drifted towards extra time and then eventually penalties.
Ely lost the game on penalties and they haven't been very good at converting from the spot for a long time. Not surprisingly the Newmarket player who missed was ex-Ely player Richard Chadwick. However, it's Newmarket who will be playing the final on May Day in Diss.