Jones the hero as Cheetahs enjoy penalty shootout success
County Cup Cassiobury Rangers Clarets 4 Knebworth Youth Cheetahs Yellows 4 THIS was a pulsating County Cup tie that swung from one team to the other. The Cheetahs made an electric start taking the upper hand with some exciting passing football that rippe
Cassiobury Rangers Clarets 4 Knebworth Youth Cheetahs Yellows 4
THIS was a pulsating County Cup tie that swung from one team to the other.
The Cheetahs made an electric start taking the upper hand with some exciting passing football that ripped open the home defence to leave Rangers knowing that their unbeaten start to this season was in danger.
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Ryan Manson, Ewan Fewell, Robson Moss and Taylor Wilson were all linking well and it was Wilson that got on the end of two such moves to give the visitors a 2-0 cushion. A spectacular lob from around 25 yards brought Cassiobury back in the game, but from the re-start Knebworth built another flowing move down the right and Fewell's cross was met at the far post by Robson Moss to restore Cheetahs' two goal lead.
The action was fast and furious and after an amazing save from Steffan Jones, tipping the ball over the crossbar from close range, the home team reduced the arrears from the resulting corner. When they added the equaliser shortly before the break it was anybody's game. The second half was played at the same pace, and despite the Cheetahs carving out four or five excellent chances they could not convert them and were made to pay for their wastefulness when Rangers scored the fourth goal which Jones will feel he could have done better with.
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With time running out the Cheetahs must have wondered how they were behind, and minutes from the end Ryan Manson slotted home via the far post to make it all square again.
Thomas Porter had a great game in defence assisted by Codie Finch and Nathan Parker and the Cheetahs midfield of Fewell, Manson, Unwin and Moss played some unbelievable football at times. It was also nice to see Taylor Wilson back on from with two goals and a battling striker's performance. Extra-time could not split the two teams despite more missed chances by Knebworth, and the game came down to penalties. Jones redeemed himself with two penalty saves whilst Charlie Unwin and Ryan Manson were on target as Knebworth triumphed 2-0 on spot kicks.