Things did not start well for Cardea's preparation with goalkeeper Ross Panton dropping out due to sickness, so the firsts had to call up reserve team assistant manager Lee “Tubes” Jacobs in goal.
Cardea started with a team of Travis Brown (RB), Daniel Baldwin (CB) Tom Rimes (CB) Sam Cope (LB) John Reddell (C) (CM) Michael Williams (CM) Aaron Yeoman (CAM) Mike Dandrilli (RM) Ash Baldwin (LM) and Thomas Klinkovics (ST) in a 4-2-3-1 formation. This left Kieran Hart, James Phillips, Jake Falco and Antonio Esposito on the bench.
Cardea went one down after a corner wasn’t cleared properly and a cross beat everyone and went in at the back post with Michael Williams blaming a big bobble on the pitch for his fresh air kick when attempting to clear. There was nothing Lee Jacobs in goal could do.
Cardea FC vs Eunice Huntingdon 17/11/18 2 photos
Jacobs then made two cracking 1 on 1 saves to keep Cardea in the game as the home side struggled to string a series of passes together.
Another poor first half performance from Cardea with very few chances created and too many loose passes handing possession to the opposition on too many occasions.
HT: Cardea FC 0-1 Eunice Huntingdon
At half time, the Cardea management team told the lads that it was out wide that the game would be won or lost and that they needed to focus their passes in behind the opposition full backs.
Centre back Dan Baldwin came off injured at half time with Williams dropping back to centre back and Kieran Hart coming on for Cardea.
Shortly after the restart it was 1-1 with Thomas Klinkovics scoring after Dandrilli poked him through on goal. It was a very well finished strike under the keeper into the corner.
Within a few minutes, Eunice retook the lead and made it 1-2. The Eunice player chopped inside from the left and drilled the ball into the corner of the goal. It was a good finish but the player was afforded too much time.
Cardea pressed and pressed and were eventually awarded a penalty after Yeoman was fouled. Yeoman stepped up to take the resulting kick and despite the keeper almost getting to it, the shot came off the post and then went in.
Mike Dandrilli saw a couple of half chances well saved as Cardea pushed for a winner. Thomas Klinkovics also putting an overhead kick just wide.
Both management teams and subs were enjoying lots of heated moments on the sidelines and manager Matt Robinson was called fat and ginger on many occasions. This resulted in Robinson barking at the opposition and laughing at the numerous attempts to rile him.
Antonio Esposito and James Phillips were brought on to try to liven up the Cardea attack and find the winner.
As the 80th minute approached the tides had begun to change and it was evident from the constant Cardea threats at goal Eunice were starting to lose the fight and their team morale. To motivate their players Eunice decided to inject some humour into the game. Suddenly a loose ball at the halfway line found itself open for a 50/50 challenge between Esposito and the opposing LB, whilst both were charging down the ball Eunice’s striker decided to join the chase.
As all 3 players were inches away from the ball Esposito had foreseen an opportunity to duck out at the last second with a smug step to the left allowing the two teammates to collide and ferociously tackle each other. The gamble paid off tremendously, not only were Cardea rewarded with a throw-in but also a small comedy sketch which had the home team and its fans in fits of laughter. The force of the clash is thought to have incurred slight amnesia on the the opposing striker as he forgot to commence his diving routine consisting of rolls and cries he had frequently performed in the first half. Manager Matt Robinson laughed himself into another fat and ginger insult from the away sides manager as the game resumed back to match pace.
The away side's tactic of time wasting from the moment they scored their second goal was to come back to haunt them as the game entered into a large portion of added time.
In the 91st minute it was 3-2 to Cardea. A huge kick from Jacobs found Esposito on the right wing, he cut inside, beat a couple of defenders and smashed the ball into the goal. The now subbed Dandrilli celebrating with the goal scorer in what became a doggy pile inside the opposition box. #Scenes.
A couple of minutes later Cardea were awarded a free kick on the edge of the box and made it 4-2. It was substitute James Phillips’ time to get in amongst the goal scorers with a tidy finish on his right foot after Ash Baldwin fooled everyone with a disguised free kick into the wide man. James took one touch to come inside and finished excellently.
As the match entered the 99th minute and with Eunice chasing the game, it was Cardea who made the most of the space and quickly made it 5-2 through Ash Baldwin. Aaron Yeoman putting him through 1 on 1 and he finished well under the on rushing goalkeeper.
FT: Cardea FC 5-2 Eunice Huntingdon
After the game, stand in referee Junior Jones sent off one of the Eunice players for racist abuse as the away fans/management on the sidelines shouted abuse at the Cardea players celebrating the win.
The game also set a world record for the amount of times Eunice used the word "Kurwa".
Manager Matthew Robinson had this to say after the game: “A well deserved win today with the lads showing that we can battle it out against tough opponents like this. Eunice came with every intent of making it a tough game and playing on the counter attack and I feel like we took the game to them in the second half.
"MOTM was Lee Tubes Jacobs for keeping us in the game first half after stepping in late in the day. He made some superb saves and clearances, especially in the first half, which gave us the chance at the other end. Well done and thank you to Lee."
Next week the first team have a week off and will be looking to take advantage of the break before a tough league game against Stilton the week after.