North Ferriby VS Hull United
Villagers Through to Senior Cup Final
A Luke Lofts brace, a Joe Dale volley and an own goal saw North Ferriby FC defeat Hull United 4-0 in the semi-final of the East Riding Senior Cup at the Roy West Centre on Tuesday night.
Hull United started brightly and on the front foot, and for the first 10-15 minutes looked the most likely to score. United looked to upset Ferriby’s rhythm and some tough tackling was on display, in particular on in-form forward Brody Robertson. However, Luke Lofts opened the scoring with a superbly curled shot into the bottom corner to make it 1-0 to the Villagers. Loz Mckay and Robertson worked the ball superbly well in the build up to the goal, with Lofts still having a lot to do to up Ferriby into the lead. James Piercy went into the book for the Villagers soon after, but at half time, Ferriby were one goal to the good.
The second half saw Ferriby manager Chris Bolder take no risks with Robertson, who was substituted for Gary Bradshaw. Robertson was still feeling the effects of a tough tackle in the first half; and with one eye on a tough trip to Swallownest on Saturday, Bradshaw entered the fray. Luke Lofts soon put the Villagers 2-0 up with a smart lobbed finish after good build up play. Hull United continued to battle, but a brilliant Eddie Birch corner on 65 minutes was then inadvertently put into his own net from a Hull United player trying to mark Levi Tarbotton. Although initially credited with the goal, video replays clearly show the last touch coming off the unfortunately placed Hull United player.
Ferriby made it 4-0 after 72 minutes, again from a corner. This time it was worked short, and Eddie Birch put in another superb cross for Joe Dale to volley home to put the game beyond doubt. Hull United never gave in and fought to the end, but unfortunately the closing stages saw an awful tackle by the promising right back Josh Dennett. His long throws had made the Ferriby defence work hard to keep their clean sheet, but a very late tackle on Loz Mckay saw the referee rightly show him the red card.
After the game, Ferriby manager Chris Bolder shared his thoughts on a pleasing win.
“It’s nice to obviously be in the final in the first season for the club. I thought we were okay tonight, we did the job and that’s all that matters and we’ve come through it relatively unscathed – Brody’s (Robertson) got a little bit of a knock but apart from that it was good to get good minutes from certain people. There were some really fine individual performances.”
“I’ve got to give credit to the opposition as they stopped us doing what we usually do. They worked really hard and tried to play football the right way. They have a good weapon with the long through and they utilised that to the best of their ability.”
North Ferriby now march on to the East Riding Cup Final against Hull City U23 squad in what is sure to be a cracking encounter in a few weeks’ time. This Saturdayhowever sees the Villagers travel to Swallownest to try and keep the good recent form going.
North Ferriby FC:
Forrester (for Shortland, 84’)
Bradshaw (for Robertson, 45’)