Ely 3's Win Thriller To Book Place In Final
PUBLISHED: 18:22 06 April 2009 | UPDATED: 10:49 04 May 2010
ELY 3 s booked their place in the final of the Greene King Cup after an inspired 17-15 win over Harlow. Ben Brownlie s men have been in scintillating form of late and continued their timely winning run with a fighting display that saw them overcome a size
ELY 3's booked their place in the final of the Greene King Cup after an inspired 17-15 win over Harlow.
Ben Brownlie's men have been in scintillating form of late and continued their timely winning run with a fighting display that saw them overcome a sizeable deficit to claim victory.
Skipper Ben Brownlie, said: "This was another huge game from this Ely side. Harlow were tough opponents but the victory was well deserved."
Ely will now go forward to face Biggleswade in the cup final on the April 25.
The game got off to a lamentable start for Ely as a fervent Harlow side drove the visitors back straight from the off. Such was the intensity of their play, they took the lead after just two minutes to put the visitors firmly on the back foot.
Ely's comeback at St Neots last week was doubtless fresh in their minds and proved the inspiration they needed as they launched an assault on the home defence.
Their endeavour was rewarded after 12 minutes as Mark Egerton capitalised on some quick handling from the backs to slide home. The breakthrough was enough to push Ely forward and they toiled at length to increase their advantage in the ensuing minutes.
Despite their best efforts however, Ely were unable to find a way through and their frustration afforded Harlow a penalty that they all too gratefully converted to bring the score to 10-5 at the half.
Ely laboured in the early stages of the second half and were made to pay for their lack of focus when Harlow seized upon an errant clearance to bring the score to 15-5 within three minutes of the restart.
With a second disappointment in as many weeks staring them in the face, Ely were in need of a dramatic response and they delivered just that some 10 minutes later when Jimmy Gilborn made the most of some fine work at the breakdown to close the gap to five.
With just a few minutes left Ely produced an exquisite piece of play to take the lead as fly-half Magnus Woodroffe sailed from his own 22 metre line to within touching distance of the opposition 22 where he offloaded to Chris Jones via Gilborn, for Ely's third try.
In the few minutes that remained Harlow attacked in a frenzied manor, throwing numbers forward to try and seize the ball for one final charge.
Ely's defence held out though, and the victory and a place in the final were secured.