Chiswick Albion Retain Good Cup Record
Middlesex Sunday Premier Cup Round Two - Chiswick Albion 4 Sals Bar 0
Chiswick Albion after a two week layoff due to the bad weather started this game a little lethargic and allowed Hendon and District side Sals Bar too much freedom in the opening fifteen minutes.
For Sals Bar, it was their first taste of the County Premier Cup after winning the Hendon Intermediate division title last term. The Albion have a good record in this cup and once the cobwebs were removed tore into Sals. First Anthony Clarke opened up the defence but fired just wide. Blaise O’Brien hit a scorcher that the keeper somehow finger tipped onto the bar and away.
The chances though were coming and an opening goal was predicable. The keeper who had just splendidly kept out O’Brien was bamboozled by Rob Ursell and the ball bounced over him and in. Then Ursell threaded the ball out wide to Nicky Wozniak. Wozniak cut inside the defender and fired in an unstoppable shot for a comfortable lead.
Sals to their credit played some decent stuff in the middle of the park, but the strikers could still be there now and would be unlikely to score. This hardly helped Sals but gave the Albion more confidence to push on for the third. For the first time this season, the Albion fielded a strong side and it showed with the extra class amassed. The back four kept a decent line and Sals could not find an answer. Ben White and Martin Salem made good interceptions when Sals did break through. Also keeper Richard Ireson tipped over one good effort following a corner.
In the second period, Blaise O’Brien needed no second invitation to finish off Sal from close in. The same quality striker had another chalked off as the referee tried to keep the game competitive, there could be no other reason as O’Brien was behind the cross from Ognjen Soskic. The Albion made three rapid changes, which allowed Liam O’Neill to make an impressive debut in the Albion colours. Another sub was Anthony Weekes who volleyed one effort that shook the bar and flew away. Weekes soon made amends and scored the killer fourth from a Nicky Wozniak cross.
The Albion have made a couple of decent signings and can now look forward to a round three clash with the holders and near neighbours Bedfont Sunday.
Man of the Match: Ben White
Champagne Moment of the Match: Richard Ireson air shot, and the miss by the Sals forward.
Referee Sebastian Podsadny (Ealing)
Match Report: Mark White