MANBY 2 SKEGNESS UNITED 4
United moved into the semi-final of the East Lincs Junior Cup with the win over Manby. The visitors started the match the brighter of the two sides and took the game to Manby. However, it was the home side that had the first shot on goal. Following a corner United failed to clear their lines, but the shot was wide of the target.
On 10 minutes good work between Jamie Lyall and Kyle McGuigan resulted in the former shooting wide. A minute later United’s first shot on target from Ryan O’Loughlin was gathered by home keeper Craig Davenport. On 14 minutes Keaton Grainger made space for himself and won a corner of Davenport. From the resulting corner kick Kieran Rayner-Mistry was wide of the post with his shot. On 20 minutes Jonny Hodson made space for himself after good work in midfield but shot over when well placed. After 25 minutes United took the lead which their play deserved when O’Loughlin found KYLE MCGUIGAN who beat his marker and slammed the ball home.
On 35 minutes United went two up when O’Loughlin won the ball in mid-field and squared the ball to KYLE MCGUIGAN fired home into the corner from 25 yards. Within a couple of minutes the home side reduced the lead when a miss kick by Jack Minor allowed BARNEY PARKES to fire home into an empty net.
United still dominated the game and Davenport made a good save from Lyall. United scored number three on 40 minutes when an in swinging corner by JOHN COURTNEY evaded everyone and found the far corner of the net. On 43 minutes the best move of the match following a flowing move from United’s box to the edge of Manby’s area Grainger released Courtney but his shot was wide of the post. With the half time whistle about to blow United scored number four. From a Courtney corner which was cleared back to him and with his second cross found RYAN O’LOUGHLIN at the far post who knocked the ball home from close range. United went in at half time in a commanding position to move into the semi-final.
The second half started has the first had ended and McGuigan was close to his hat-trick when Davenport brought off an excellent save. Then Grainger was just wide of the goal with a header. Midway through the half Manby came more into the game without causing any major problems to the United defence. Then Hodson was just wide with a shot. At this point the visitor’s made three substitutions with Jamie Turner, Rhys Mansell and Elliott Clarke coming on for Arun Gray, Jonny Hodson and Sam Sleight. McGuigan moved into the back four to replace Gray. Courtney was then played though but Davenport brought off another good save. United were having plenty of the ball, however could not find the flowing/passing moves of the first half. Then in the final minute Manby scored their second when an excellent 25 yard shot by TOM SNOWDEN found the top corner of the net giving Minor no chance.
TEAM: Jack Minor, Jamie Lyall, Kieran Rayner-Mistry, Sam Sleight (Jamie Turner), Alex Simpson, Arun Gray (Rhys Mansell), John Courtney, Jonny Hodson (Elliott Clarke), Keaton Grainger Ryan O’Loughlin and Kyle McGuigan.
Man of Match: Kyle McGuigan