St Mary’s 1947 2
St Marys were edged out at the death by Scarborough-based Edgehill in a postponed North Riding County Cup round clash at Trinity Catholic College and just missed out on a place in the quarter-finals.
St Marys – wearing the red and black stripes – resisted some early pressure then took the lead through Vaughan but were pegged back quickly when Exley heading a leveller from a corner.
Again St Mary’s had to dig deep against relentless attacks from the visitor and some tenacious defending and the linesman’s flag kept the scores level for a spell until lively Exley cut in from the left to rifle into the top corner and give Edgehill the lead.
The home side clawed back into it just before the break as Vaughan put an nicely flighted effort over the head of the defender guarding the left hand post.
The second half followed the same pattern as Edgehill did most of the pressing but the Mary’s threatened with the occasional quick counter and the game was in the balance.
As the clock ran down the temperature rose and both sides had a man sent off. Edgehill’s Ryan went for a second yellow after a scything challenge and soon after Mary’s man Ben Hamilton saw red after a foul that sparked fury in the visitor’s dug-out.
The closely fought game looked like it was going to penalties when Edgehill sub Reeves got onto a through ball down the right of the box and fired over the the keeper and into the net and crush the Mary’s hopes of County Cup success.
**Pictures and match report by Michael Guess
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