Ellan Vannin suffer narrow defeat in Euros opener

By Sports reporter in Football

Ellan Vannin got their ConIFA’s European Football Cup campaign up and running in Northern Cyprus on Monday evening.

Chris Bass Sr’s charges are in Group B alongside reigning champions Padania, Felvidek and Szekely Land and faced a tough start to the competition against Padania.

In what was an extremely exciting and close game, Ellan Vannin pushed the current European champions all the way and only a well-taken goal in the 70th minute separated the two sides at the final whistle.

The Manx were unfortunate not to go into the half-time break with a 2-0 lead having seen a goal-line clearances from skipper Sean Quaye and two superb saves from the Padania keeper from Conor Doyle and Frank Jones.

Bass’s team enjoyed a considerable share of possession in the second half against the technically-gifted Padanians, but the northern Italians’ goalkeeper stood firm and was equal to every shot on target as the Manx were unable to find a way through.

Although the result was disappointing, Ellan Vannin demonstrated that they once again can compete at a much higher level of football.

With Felvidek beating the much-fancied Szekerly Land in the other group match, it meant that Ellan Vannin’s progression to the semi-final knock out stages is very much still in their hands heading into their must-win game against Felvidek tonight, Tuesday.

More in Thursday’s Manx Independent.

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