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Spurs v Club America - Volksbank Cup Final - 27.05.12
Courtesy of:- Ray Lo, and the Spurs List
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        Volksbank Cup 2012 (Final)
          TuS Stemwede, Wehdem
         Sunday 27th May 12.30pm

      SPURS      v     CLUB AMERICA
   (All Purple)         (All Navy)
     4-4-1-1             1-4-4-1

       0(0)                0(0)

   Club America won 4-3 on penalties.
Spurs:- Miles; Barthram, Stewart, Munns, Ball, Bentaleb, Zapata-Caicedo, Gomelt, Pritchard, Smith, Fredericks(C)(McEvoy 46)

Booked Zapata-Caicedo 16(Late), Fredericks 38(Dissent)

Club America:- Camarena; Delgadillo, Escobedo(Perez 50), Pineda, Gonzalez, Mondraon, Martinez, Solache, Sanchez J., Sanchez E.(Puintana 31), Gil

Booked Solache 32(Foul), Puintana 33(Late), Mondraon 37(Trip), Sent off:- Puintana 47(Late) - 2nd Yellow

Spurs lined up for this match with Miles in goal behind Stewart and Ball. Barthram was at right back and Smith at left back. Bentaleb and Gomelt started in the centre of midfield with Fredericks on the right flank and Pritchard on the left. Munns was behind Zapata-Caicedo in attack. America lined up with a sweeper and one up front but soon moved the last man into the midfield.

Spurs kicked off attacking the south end in a game that saw few chances as the Mexicans played a waiting game, looking to hit Spurs on the break whilst not letting their opponents run with the ball.

An early corner saw Ball head goalward at the far post to draw a save from Pineda. Fredericks got on the end of a long diagonal pass and forced a corner from his effort. Zapata-Caicedo caught Mondraon late as he closed down the defenders, and he also put the keeper under pressure, just after which the Mexicans wanted him sent off.

Pritchard forced a save from Pineda before Gonzalez won a corner for America. Escobedo then fired wide. Just before the break a long ball from the Mexicans was headed back by Barthram to where Miles should have been and the keeper had to scamper back before it reached the line.

There were no changes for the start of the second half but America sent on Puintana to play up front and harass the Spurs defenders, which he did with a bit too much enthusiasm.

Martinez drew a save from Miles before Solache was shown the yellow card for a foul on Fredericks as he approached the area. Pritchard took the free kick and curled it into the top right corner only to see Pineda push it around the post. Puintana then caught Ball late and went into the ref's book.

Mondraon then tripped Pritchard after he had got past him in the left corner to go into the ref's book as well. This led to Fredericks also being booked for complaining to the official. Camarena drew a save from Miles before Munns worked his way to the far post but the keeper saved at his feet.

Gonzalez fired well over before Inglethorpe replaced Fredericks with McEvoy and Pritchard took the captain's armband. Puintana then caught Bentaleb very late to receive his second yellow of the game. Club America re-grouped and played out the rest of the game making one last substution bringing on a penalty taker.

Gonzalez scored the first penalty after the referee made him re-take it for stopping on his run-up. Bentaleb stepped up and scored for Spurs. After Camarena scored, Munns saw his effort saved. Perez and Martinez scored for America as did Ball and Stewart to leave the last kickers. Sanchez hit the bar which left Pritchard who fired over. This meant that the Mexicans won the cup.

It was a disapointing end to the tournament but Spurs can leave with their heads held high as the were the best team throughout the tournament.

Ray

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