Old Meads Edge Their Way Into Quarter Finals of Cup
Amateur Football Alliance Senior Cup: Old Meadonians 2 Old Suttonians 1
Another cup competition, another potential banana skin in the form of eager Old Suttonians from the division below, but this time Old Meadonians, despite showing their usual lack of bite in front of goal just edged their way into the quarter finals of the A.F.A. Senior Cup at Riverside Lands on Saturday and will play Old Parkonians of the Southern Amateur League or U.C.L. currant leaders of the A.F.C. premier division early in February.
At least this week the hosts, whilst still short of confidence scored the first goal after twenty minutes but even that was a near gift when a poor back pass found the visitors’ keeper being rapidly closed down by the speedy Ed Glover who charged the ball down and comfortably found the empty net.
At this point Meads were well on top, finding it easy to get behind Sutts’ defence to the by-line. However, with the killer touch having deserted them, ten minutes later they had succumbed to their set piece bogey, with a twist, when a wind assisted corner swirled over everyone into the far top of the net for the equaliser.
Now the visitors put on pressure with a competitive edge which might have seen them ahead at half time if two close range headers had gone in. The first was narrowly wide and the second brilliantly tipped over by debutant keeper John Shannon.
A confidence boosting talk from coach and manager saw Meads swarming over the opposition from the restart only for profligacy up front to negate promise. On sixty five minutes striker Leon Smith intervened, cutting in from the right and delivering a ferocious shot which the Sutts’ keeper could only parry for Glover finding some of his predatory former self to head in the rebound. Their flimsy lead on paper belied Meads genuine supremacy as they comfortably played out the remainder of the match.
The MoM award went to midfielder Dwayne Rhone who shaded it over goalie John Shannon by his non-stop effort.
Team: Shannon, Palmer, Pointer, Hugh Jones, Rhone, Lovell, Quinn, Eguae, McGuinness, (Wolfe), Glover, (W.Gerrish), L.Smith.
January 15, 2008