ConIFA WFC Quarter-Final: Karpatalja 3-1 Cascadia @ Gander Green Lane, Sutton
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After a cagey first-half, Karpatalja were eventually able to edge victory over Cascadia to set up a semi-final with fellow Hungarian side Szekely Land. Cascadia had the best of the opening chances with Max Oldham, one of the stand-out performers from this tonight putting in another exceptional showing at right wing, doing well to set up Josh Doughty who had scored against Ellan Vannin and Barawa but the no.8 fired over. Oldham fired a shot just over after cutting in and Bela Csongor was forced into a smart save after a melee. Csongor entertained the crowd by taking on a Cascadia attacker and beating in, in a stalemate of an opening 45 minutes. Cascadia's goalkeeper Marmett was unable to match
Csongr's confidence wobbling at a cross which Karpatalja were unable to capitalise on.
Gyorgy Toma was minutes later to fire a speculative effort which was dropped by Marmett and Roland Takasc was able to nudge in the rebound. Oldham fired an effort wide, but it was to be Karpatalja who got the second goal.
Toma then went on a mazy, dribble, beating a plethora of Cascadia players before squaring to Takasc for his second. The entire team went to celebrate with Toma who indeed seemed to grow in confidence, playing an elegant passing game and taking on several Cascadia players.
Barta went close as Cascadia were cut open while looking for a goal and Alex Svedjuk, who had scored in every previous game volleyed other. Hamza Haddadi, on at half-time, bought one back for Cascadia but Gajdos won and converted a penalty.
Cascadia converted into a 4-2-4 formation and surged everyone forward but Karpatalja were well organised and denied the opportunity to get back into the game.
With Szekely Land beating Western Armenia 4-0 at the same time, Karpatalja have set up an all Hungarian semi-final with the winning taking on either Northern Cyprus or Padania in the final.
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