Charlie scores in 500th game

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MCT 8 City Royal 2

Mct AND City Royal squared up at a very soggy Broomfield in their Piggins cup quarter-final.

And it was the home team that threatened first when a good McPherson shot was kept out by the ‘keeper on 10 minutes.

Hood went close a minute later.

Despite a good start from MCT it was the visitors who took the lead in 13 minutes. A corner was headed out and the Royal player volleyed home from 12 yards.

Stridgeon had a good chance to equalise a couple of minutes later but managed to only shoot wide from a tight angle after he had rounded the ‘keeper.

The equaliser came in 20 minutes when Hood went on a mazy run only to be brought down in the box. McPHERSON sent the ‘keeper the wrong way from the spot.

In a tight cup game City Royal took the lead in 30 minutes when a shot from 20 yards skidded through Laidlaw’s grasp and into the net for 2-1 to the visitors.

City Royal had the upper hand for the rest of the half but didn’t test Laidlaw in goals again.

Half-time: MCT 1, City Royal 2.

MCT changed formation at half time and got another equaliser almost at once when a pass from Stridgeon found McPHERSON who blasted home from 20 yards.

MCT went into the lead in 55 minutes after Welfare League veteran and player/manager Charlie ROBB in his 500th appearance scored from fully 35 yards with a rasping effort.

MCT had their tails up and scored on the hour with a Grant McPHERSON toe-poked chip over the ‘keeper from 20 yards for the striker’s third hat-trick in as many games.

It was 5-2 when a short pass from Hood led to Grant McPHERSON curling the ball home from the edge of the box.

After a good break Candy had a shot saved then the ball fell to McPherson who passed to STRIDGEON to score from a couple of yards.

With eight minutes left Morris managed to hold off a couple of defenders and squeeze the ball to CANDY to score easily from five yards.

The final goal came in the 88th minute when a Hood corner was rifled into the net by CANDY on the volley from eight yards.

There was still time for McLean to blaze the ball over when a bit of composure would have resulted in a ninth goal.

It was a great second half from MCT.