GALLERY: Glorious night for Ely as they beat Cambridge City to retain CIC Cup

PUBLISHED: 12:47 23 April 2013 | UPDATED: 12:47 23 April 2013

Ely City vs Cambridge City - Cambs Invitation Cup final. Picture: Steve Williams.

Ely City vs Cambridge City - Cambs Invitation Cup final. Picture: Steve Williams.

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ELY City retained the Cambridgeshire Invitation Cup with a 3-0 win over Cambridge City on Monday night.

Ely City vs Cambridge City - Cambs Invitation Cup final. Picture: Steve Williams.Ely City vs Cambridge City - Cambs Invitation Cup final. Picture: Steve Williams.

Goals from Richard Chadwick, Austen Diaper and David Wilson handed the Robins their second victory at The Abbey Stadium in as many years following last year’s memorable 3-2 win over Soham Town Rangers.

Cambridge City, who play two leagues higher than Ely, hit the woodwork three times on a luckless night and were also reduced to 10 men following a red card early in the second half as they slipped to a surprise defeat.

Robins boss Alan Alsop said: “The players put in a huge effort and I can’t fault any of them. I thought Soham made it harder for us in last year’s final and I was surprised that we were 3-0 ahead so early in the second half.

“Our work rate was superb and I think we surprised them with how well we played. When we play like that, we’re a match for any side and we proved that again tonight.”

Ely City vs Cambridge City - Cambs Invitation Cup final. Picture: Steve Williams.Ely City vs Cambridge City - Cambs Invitation Cup final. Picture: Steve Williams.

Chadwick was the first to test the Cambridge City goalkeeper with a speculative shot in the early stages as both sides probed.

The best chance of the early stages fell to Cambridge however, as Adam Marriott struck the post with a curling free-kick from 25 yards that had Ely captain Lee Pacey beaten all ends up.

The Robins rode their luck and, just a shade past the half-hour mark, they opened the scoring as Chadwick tucked home the rebound after his penalty kick was saved at the first time of asking by Zac Barrett.

Diaper saw a rasping drive fly just over for Ely before Robbie Nightingale poked over the bar from eight yards out following a fumbled save from Pacey.

Ely City vs Cambridge City - Cambs Invitation Cup final. Picture: Steve Williams.Ely City vs Cambridge City - Cambs Invitation Cup final. Picture: Steve Williams.

Bew Lawrence’s famous long throws have been a constant source of goals for the Robins over the past three seasons and so it proved again six minutes into the second half as Diaper rose highest to power a header past Barrett.

Cambridge were reduced to 10 men moments later when Tom Pepper was given his marching orders for a reckless lunge on Chadwick, leaving them with a mountain to climb.

Their task was made near impossible when, just three minutes later, Wilson scrambled the ball over the line following a goal-mouth melee, sending the Robins travelling faithful into raptures.

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