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Deeping United's first team defeat their reserves in the Peterborough Minor Cup




Deeping United's first team claimed the club bragging rights and ensured their seniority stayed intact in Saturday's Peterborough Minor Cup clash.

Ian Abbott and Mark Wyer's men scored twice in each half to secure their semi-final spot and end the valiant challenge of their reserve team club-mates.

They will now face Thurlby Tigers in this weekend's last four match with the winners meeting either Netherton United A or Huntingdon Town's Development side in the final.

Deeping United's first team ran out 4-0 winners against their reserves in the Minor Cup on Saturday. Photo: Chris Lowndes (47703316)
Deeping United's first team ran out 4-0 winners against their reserves in the Minor Cup on Saturday. Photo: Chris Lowndes (47703316)

The first team got off to a flying start in the last eight inter-club clash that was played at the impressive new Elsea Park facility in Bourne.

They were ahead inside the opening 90 seconds when Nathan Smith whipped in a free-kick from the right that was steered home by Dan Cushen.

Conceding an early goal was probably the last thing that the reserves wanted but they refused to let the setback jolt them.

They needed a decent stop from goalkeeper Cliff Barrett to deny first team frontman Steve Jucikas before they started to grow into the game - much to the frustration of their higher level counterparts who let their annoyance get the better of them.

They had three players sin-binned during the first period with Cushen, Matty Gunns and Steve Christmas all spending 10 minutes on the sidelines due to dissent.

Lewis Challis fired wide after a strong run and shot before Ryan Anthony fizzed in an inviting free-kick that evaded everyone.

Deeping United's first team ran out 4-0 winners against their reserves in the Minor Cup on Saturday. Photo: Chris Lowndes (47703361)
Deeping United's first team ran out 4-0 winners against their reserves in the Minor Cup on Saturday. Photo: Chris Lowndes (47703361)

But the equaliser proved elusive as the reserves let their hosts off the hook and, once back to their full complement of 11 players, the first team started to dominate again.

They had a goal disallowed for offside when Kane Gilbert's free kick floated into the reserve net before doubling their advantage after 34 minutes.

The lively Josh Ravern burst down the right and his cross picked out Jucikas who made no mistake with a smart finish.

Jucikas then just failed to get on the end of drilled cross from Ryan Ellwood as the first team looked to put the contest out of the reserves' reach.

First team goalkeeper Nick Merryweather had to make a fine stop to deny Joseph Fane before the interval with Raven making a crucial block to deny the follow-up and ensure the first team kept their two-goal half-time advantage.

Merryweather then excelled again at the start of the second period to tip over a cracking strike from Harrison Pearce which prevented the reserves from finding a way back into the contest.

Deeping United's first team ran out 4-0 winners against their reserves in the Minor Cup on Saturday. Photo: Chris Lowndes (47703347)
Deeping United's first team ran out 4-0 winners against their reserves in the Minor Cup on Saturday. Photo: Chris Lowndes (47703347)

That allowed the first team to reassert their authority on proceedings with Barrett making a fine save to thwart Ellwood before the third goal arrived midway through the second half.

A superb run down the right from Smith saw him pick out Jucikas who applied another controlled finish.

The first team then started to show more of their usual free-flowing attacking traits as Smith and Jucikas again combined to set Raven free in a fine move only for Barrett to save with a brave block.

A fourth goal did arrive in the final minute to seal their success when Smith's well-struck cross was diverted into his own net by a reserve team defender.



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