Sunday 2 June 2024

Match Report: Trafford Thunder 1 - Connah's Quay Cobras 22 (Summer Classic Cup)

Cobras' Chris Keating scored 7 +5 in the win away at Trafford Thunder (Photo by James New)

Saturday 1st June - Summer Classic Cup: Trafford Thunder 1 - Connah's Quay Cobras 22

The Connah’s Quay Cobras moved back to the top of the Summer Classic Cup Elite group table after a comprehensive 1-22 trouncing of Trafford Thunder away at Altrincham on Saturday.

The Thunder have struggled so far this year - with two defeats and a forfeit from their opening 3 games of the tournament - and, with the Cobras roster including a number of former NIHL league players and the team keen to bounce straight back after their narrow Deeside derby defeat by the Flintshire Phantoms in their last game, an away win always looked on the cards in this match.

The Cobras scored the opening goal after just 40 seconds and it was pretty much one way traffic after that. The score was 0-4 at the first period break and 0-5 by the time that Trafford scored their only goal of the game on 25 minutes.

Three Cobras goals within 44 seconds of each other on 32 minutes put the game well out of the reach of the Thunder and 4 more goals late in the period saw Connah’s Quay leading 1-12 at the second interval. 

A completely one sided third period saw 11 more goals for the Cobras – including a penalty shot converted by Martin Rybka on 53 minutes - and the marauding Deesiders cruised to a relatively easy victory. 

Former Dragons player Chris Keating led the Connah’s Quay Scoring with 7 goals and 4 assists and was named MVP for the Cobras, Martin Rybka weighed in with 4+5, former Slough Jet Stewart  Cutting hit 2+5 and Martin Stolicny also scored a hat-trick.  The rest of the goals and assists were liberally shared around the team and 13 different players got their names on the score sheet.

The Cobras play their next group game on Saturday 15th June when they have the long trip to the North East to face Newcastle Predators, and they are next at home on 14th July when they entertain Trafford in their last match of the qualifying series at Deeside Leisure Centre.