SATURDAY 10TH OCTOBER 2015
LINCOLNSHIRE JUNIOR CUP – ROUND 2
SKEGNESS UNITED 4 OLD DONINGTONIANS 1
United started their journey in the Junior Cup with a second round match against Old Doningtonians from the Division One of the Boston League.
The first effort on goal from either side came on 7 minutes from a free kick for United, however Louis Saebe’s shot was well over the bar. The best chance of the game came on 14 minutes to the visitors when Ross Muirhead was caught in procession and Chris Grimmer had a clear run at goal, but Corey Cunliffe came in with an excellent tackle to clear for a corner.
From the resulting corner the visitors took the lead when centre back WAYNE FOSTER headed home.
The next minute a chance came the way of United when a cross from the right by Danny Reid was met at the far post by Troy Lonslow however his header hit the side netting. At this stage of the game United had control and on 25 minutes Muirhead was just over the bar with a header from a corner.
A minute later United drew level when a through ball sent Saebe clear, however Jamie Dolby in the visitor’s goal beat him to the ball but sent it straight to DANNY REID who placed his shot into the empty net.
The game returned to the other end when from a free kick the ball flashed across the face of the goal and on the ball took a deflection for a corner. From the resulting corner United had to clear of their goal line. Then Muirhead won the ball in his own half and attacked the visitors beating two players on the way before his shot was over the bar.
Then it was the turn of Jake Portas to try his hand at a shot which was turned over the bar by Dolby. Then a shot from George Hobbins was straight into the hands of Dolby.
United thought they had taken the lead two minutes into the second half when a cross by Harry Ginniff was knocked home by Saebe. After referee Webster had awarded the goal he then disallowed it on the advice of the visitor’s assistant referee.
Then on 50 minutes United had a two chances to take the lead and on both occasions the ball was cleared from the goal line. In the space of 4 minutes United made two changes due to injuries with Danny Reid and Troy Lonslow coming off for Tom Pickett and Archie Paul.
In a rare visitors attack Travis Portas had to tip a shot over the ball. Then Hobbins from a free kick found Pickett whose shot was just over the bar. Then on 65 minutes from a Jake Portas free kick Paul hit the top of the bar.
At this stage of the game the traffic was all one way towards the visitor’s goal, however United could not find the final touch. Pickett was making some good runs down both wings but could not find the break though.
With the game about to enter extra time the visitors when down to 10 men following a second yellow card.
At the start of extra time Donington were down to 9 men due to an injury and all the subs being used. United finally took the lead towards the first period of the extra time when JAKE PORTAS blasted a free kick home from 6 yards.
United took total control in the second period with goals from GEORGE HOBBINS and in the final minute from TOM PICKETT.
Afterwards, manager Gary Edgley commented ‘After going a goal behind which was against the run of play it was a good response from the lads to get level before half time. I thought we defended well and had plenty of possession, probably 75% of the game, but our final ball wasn't good enough and with Old Dons having 5 across the back we needed a bit more composure than we had. I'm hoping this result will give this young team a platform to build on and push on from here.’
United now await the draw for the 3rd round.
Team: Travis Portas, Arun Gray, Kyle Howitt, Corey Cunliffe, Ross Muirhead, George Hobbins, Jake Portas, Troy Lonslow (Archie Paul), Danny Reid (Tom Pickett), Louis Sabe and Harry Ginniff.
Next Saturday United are at home to Brigg Town Res – 3pm kick off.
SUTTON VETS vs SKEGNESS UTD DEVELOPMENT
Skegness United Development side got back into winning ways when they visited Sutton –on- Sea Vets and came away with a 3 – 1 win. Goals coming from Donnavon Bailey, Jamie Kilner and Jamie Wolsenholme.
Next Saturday the Development side are also at home to Holton United – 2.30pm kick off.