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  • 21/03/15
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Blackbird Rovers suffered their first defeat of the season, to Black Swan in their CJL Cup semi final at Cowley Marsh. Black Swan now face George FC in the final at Abingdon Town FC on 2nd May with a 3pm KO.

In a hotly contested match at Cowley Marsh, Black Swan met Blackbird Rovers in the CJL Cup semi final. It was Rovers who started the brighter and Yasine Lanzini was a constant threat to the Swan's defence. But with the game mostly being a midfield battle, the teams went in at the break all square at 0-0. The teams came out for the second half and it was a very similar story to the first, but, Black Swan then conceded when Nick Andrews converted a Rovers corner to make it 1-0. With 15 mins remaining Black Swan dug in and started to put Rovers on the back foot. With a minute left on the clock Black Swan were awarded a free kick just outside the penalty area on the left wing, Piers McGlynn's cross was then headed home by Neil Conway to take the game into extra time.
It was now the Black Swan who had their tails up and they didn't take long to take the advantage when, Neil Conway again found the net to bag his grace and make it 2-1. Swan once again broke down the left and when a Danny Nicholls cross wasn't cleared, Piers McGlynn managed to guide his header past the outstretched hand of Craig Evans in the Rovers goal to make it 3-1.
With Rovers now chasing the game in the second period Josh West and Joe Cook tormented the Swan defence, but, when Craig Dean found himself bearing down on Craig Evans in the Rovers goal, the tired legs of a chasing Josh West tangled with Dean's and Swan were awarded a penalty. After Josh West received his marching orders, Neil Conway stepped up to put the game beyond doubt, but, he put the ball wide. Swan held on and now face George FC in the final.
In league action Chequers played host to Masons Arms at Horspath Road, where Chequers led 3-0 at half time.They went further ahead after the break but Masons then responded well but Chequers won this league game 6-3. Scorers for Chequers were Otis Woodward 3, Gavin Williams, Shane Roche and Matt White. Masons scorers were Mason Horwood 2, and Adam Price.