Causeway Utd 0 Nuneaton Town 2
Tuesday 3rd March, 2015 - (BSC Quarter-Final)
Match report courtesy of Nuneaton Telegraph;
Nuneaton eased past Halesowen-based, Midland League Causeway United, with a brace from Jack Nardiello to earn a Birmingham Senior Cup semi-final home tie against West Bromwich Albion.
Nuneaton named a strong squad in a welcome break from their league relegation battle but there was little action in a low-key start until home defender Mark Smith cleared from Nardiello following a 25th-minute corner.
Robert Ogleby was then caught offside in front of goal and Matt Aston held off Onome Sodje, allowing home keeper Tom Turner to collect.
Causeway’s only chance of the first half was wasted when Josh March struck a promising 32nd-minute free-kick straight at the Nuneaton defensive wall.
Four minutes later, Nardiello’s shot was deflected away and Gavin Cowan fired wide on the turn from Adam Walker’s resulting corner.
Nardiello gave Nuneaton the lead in the 38th minute after letting fly with a 25-yard shot that went in off the underside of Turner’s crossbar. Theo Streete and James Armson were introduced as Boro made a double substitution at the interval.
Nardiello doubled Nuneaton’s lead by driving into the corner of Turner’s net from the edge of the area ten minutes into the second half.
The rest of the game was more than comfortable for the visitors with a 67th minute shot from substitute James Armson well saved by Turner before Turner tipped over the bar from Robert Ogleby five minutes later.
Match winner Nardiello unfortunately hobbled off with an ankle injury with 20 minutes remaining but he had already done the damage to the hosts, who finally mustered an 85th minute shot on target when sub R’mar Murray fired straight at Nuneaton goalkeeper Max Crocombe.
Nuneaton: Crocombe; Smith, Wheeler, Dean (Streete 46), Cowan, Quinn, Anton Brown, Walker (Armson 46), Ogleby, Sodje, Nardiello (Franklin 75).
Unused Sub: Andy Brown.