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Dominoes finally topple SMU's hopes of reaching the cup final

By Leek Post and Times  |  Posted: March 26, 2014

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SUNDAY saw Cheadle SMU Red under 10s take on a Stone Dominoes Reds at home.

Cheadle were forced to concede three corners in the opening five minutes – but they held firm, thanks to good work by Brian and Haynes.

Tom Mangan produced some excellent goalkeeping throughout, despite being injured early on.

Unfortunately, the Cheadle midfield didn't step up to support the defence and Stone went into an eighth-minute lead, which they held for the rest of the game.

Cheadle strove to drove to draw level in the second half, with Carrington, Rushton and Peacock being their best outlets.

Stone started the second game the brighter, though, and soon caught Cheadle on the back foot.

Mangan saved a direct kick at goal within five minutes as Stone looked the more likely to score.

Cheadle did not give up and an effort by Amos was well-saved.

Carrington then went close with an attempt from the halfway line. Mangan was again called in to action keep the scores level.

At the other end, Amos went close as Reds tried to draw level.

However, Cheadle conceded another, ending the game.

Despite seeing two goals go into his net, keeper Mangan was handed the manager's player-of-the-match award for a brave and athletic performance.

Stone now face Bradwell Bombers in the final.

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