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O'Neill proud despite Cup KO.

Byline: Iain Green

York City ....................... 2 Bedworth United .......... 0 LIAM O'NEILL hailed the 'awesome' display of his Bedworth United side, despite seeing their FA Cup dream melt away at York City's KitKat Crescent.

Two early strikes from Michael Rankine and leading marksman Richard Brodie put paid to the Zamaretto Midland side's ambitions of causing a huge upset against their Conference Premier hosts, but things could have been all-sodifferent for the Greenbacks had Jason Moore held his nerve to tuck away a 30th minute penalty.

Eight minutes had passed when the Minstermen snatched the advantage thanks to Rankine's wonderful individual effort, before Bedworth slowly eased their way into the tie.

And they seemingly found a way back into the game on the half-hour when Paddy Connolly was hacked down - but fromthe spot-kick, York 'keeper Michael Ingham guessed correctly to pouch Moore's weak attempt.

And the Greenbacks' afternoon got worse three minutes before the break when Brodie met Ben Purkiss' cross with a powerful downward header.

"I can't fault the lads, they were absolutely awesome," stated O'Neill. "I'm so proud of them for the way they acquitted themselves and to be honest, we were by far the best side in the second-half."

"To have the York supporters clap us off and to hear their manager Martin Foyle on the radio after the game saying how well we played is absolutely fantastic."
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Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
Date:Oct 26, 2009
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