The Cogenhoe United Vets team bowed out of the Milton Keynes Veterans Cup at the hands of local rivals O.N Chenecks.
Sunday 16th April 2023
MILTON KEYNES VETERANS CUP – QUARTER FINAL
COGENHOE UNITED VETS 0 O.N CHENECKS VETS 2
On a beautiful Sunday morning with just a bit of wind blowing in the direction of the village, Cogenhoe hosted O.N. Chenecks on the main pitch at Compton Park in this MK Veterans Cup quarter-final game. a large crowd was in attendance with 42 people surrounding the pitch at the start of the game with stragglers arriving later. Chens won the toss and elected to kick with what wind we had in the first half.
It is not the easiest thing to write a match report when your team has lost, but fair is fair and I will perservere with it, even despite the fact that I am in agony this morning having cricked my neck during the night and have been awake since just gone midnight.
The game started in a way that both teams were trying to gauge each other with Chens playing 2 divisions higher than the Cooks at the same time Chenecks knew they were not going to have an easy game with Cogenhoe champions of division 3 all bar the shouting.
The first chance of the game fell to Cooks Sam Duggan who fired from 30 yards with the Chens keeper making a fine save.
Chenecks soon got into their stride and were applying the pressure on the Cooks defence with goalie Stuart Schofield being called upon more in this game than he has been for most of the games he has played this season combined. A Chens corner-kick when knocked over into the Cooks box was met by forward Jamie Nuttall who met the ball lovely to direct it towards the corner of the Cooks goal, but Cormac Hamill was able to clear he ball on the goalline and Cogenhoe were able to get the ball out of danger.
Cogenhoe when passing the ball well and were actually playing some neat football with a chance falling to Paul Carroll off a pass from Doni Reed saw the shot from Paul Carroll going just over the bar.
The next real chance of the game fell to Chenecks forward Jamie Nuttall again, who from a nice run on his right wing was able to get a shot on target forcing a worldie of a save from Cooks keeper Schofield.
Just when I was thinking that the game was heading for a 0-0 first half, up popped Chenecks forward Simon King in the 40th minute, who went on a fine run over on the Chens right wing and fired from distance catching Cooks keeper Schofield unawares for the ball to nestle in the corner of the net. Half-time 0-1.
It wasn’t long into the second half before we saw the second goal of the game, in the 49th minute, a lovely through ball to Chenecks forward Jamie Nuttall who slotted the ball into the net to put his side two nil up. 0-2.
With ON’s having doubled their lead, Cogenhoe were trying everything to pull a goal back with some fine passing. Having come on at half-time taking up the right back position for Cogenhoe, Chris Dickens was having a fine game with his team-mate Macca Hamill putting in a double shift in midfield.
With time running out for Cooks to get anything from this game, the only real effort for a long time was a long range shot from Cogenhoe forward Stephen Carroll who’s shot sailed over the bar. Final result Cogenhoe 0 O.N. Chenecks 2.
With no fixture next week, it will be back to league action for Cogenhoe away at Great Horwood at the end of April with the Cooks requiring just one point to win the league.
Match report and photos supplied by Finbarr Carroll.