Stevenage 0-2 Cambridge United: Barry Corr brace seals victory for the U’s

PUBLISHED: 16:57 14 April 2018 | UPDATED: 16:57 14 April 2018

Matthew Godden of Stevenage brings the ball forward in the League Two game between Stevenage FC v Cambridge United at the Lamex Stadium, Stevenage, Hertfordshire. Picture: DANNY LOO

Matthew Godden of Stevenage brings the ball forward in the League Two game between Stevenage FC v Cambridge United at the Lamex Stadium, Stevenage, Hertfordshire. Picture: DANNY LOO

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Stevenage lost 2-0 at home to Cambridge United after a brace from the U’s supersub Barry Corr at the Lamex.

Alex Revell of Stevenage volleys towards goal in the League Two game between Stevenage FC v Cambridge United at the Lamex Stadium, Stevenage, Hertfordshire. Picture: DANNY LOO Alex Revell of Stevenage volleys towards goal in the League Two game between Stevenage FC v Cambridge United at the Lamex Stadium, Stevenage, Hertfordshire. Picture: DANNY LOO

The result was a disappointment for Boro after a bright start.

Ben Kennedy returned to the starting XI after a dead leg kept him out of the 1-1 home draw against Mansfield on Tuesday.C

Manager of Stevenage FC Dino Maamria on the touchline in the League Two game between Stevenage FC v Cambridge United at the Lamex Stadium, Stevenage, Hertfordshire. Picture: DANNY LOO Manager of Stevenage FC Dino Maamria on the touchline in the League Two game between Stevenage FC v Cambridge United at the Lamex Stadium, Stevenage, Hertfordshire. Picture: DANNY LOO

Also returning was the uncompromising Fraser Franks who made his first start since early February at Accrington Stanley.

A glorious spring day after a dank and dismal week promised optimism and renewal - which is what the popular Boro boss Dino Maamria is also offering, despite the defeat against their near neighbours.

GOAL!!! Cambridge United celebrate scoring the first goal in the League Two game between Stevenage FC v Cambridge United at the Lamex Stadium, Stevenage, Hertfordshire. Picture: DANNY LOO GOAL!!! Cambridge United celebrate scoring the first goal in the League Two game between Stevenage FC v Cambridge United at the Lamex Stadium, Stevenage, Hertfordshire. Picture: DANNY LOO

Unbeaten in four matches with two excellent wins and two hard fought draws Maamria has already made Stevenage more difficult to beat.

His attacking unit have also looked impressive and they contributed to a hectic start in the sunshine.

Kennedy made contact with livewire Danny Newton’s cross with only 120 seconds elapsed as former Millwall keeper David Forde made the save.

Two minutes later Godden drilled a low shot at Forde who gathered.

On seven minutes Newton tamed a crossfield pass before feeding the lively Newton who narrowly missed guiding the ball into the net.

It wasn’t all one way traffic as the excellent Tom King reacted well to close down the angle and deny the U’s Billy Waters 180 seconds after that.

Clearly the game could not continue at the pace it had started in the unexpected heat as a lull enveloped proceedings as both sides took stock.

A spell of shapeless, scrappy but hard fought football took place, enlivened only by the realisation one of the linesmen has decided to pull his socks over his knees.

The look may be appropriate for Thierry Henry in his pomp but it is not advisable for a middle aged Football League official.

Thankfully the referee Tom Nield blew the whistle for the interval - which saw the estimable Stevenage Ladies first team and reserves take well deserved acclaim for excellent seasons.

The club too must take credit for their unstinting efforts to grow the women’s game.

Early in the second half U’s boss Joe Dunne, a former Republic of Ireland international, replaces the ineffective Medt Elito with Corr.

It was a move that paid instant dividends as George Maris’ 55th minute free kick was met by the well-travelled former Leeds United striker to put the visitors 1-0 ahead - in front of their delighted and vociferous fans.

Corr then slotted home from close range in the closing stages after an excellent passing move from the visitors which included Gary Deegan, Corr, Maris, Jevani and Brown before right-back Brad Halliday drilled in a low cross that Corr finished.

There was no coming back from the second for Boro but Maamria will have learned more about which players which feature for him next season.

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