An Under Par Meads Exit From Cup
Amateur Football Alliance Middlesex & Essex Senior Cup Quarter Finals - Old Parkonians 3 Old Meadonians 1
An under par Old Meadonians exited from the last of the three cups they enter at the hands of a well organised, fair but bullish Old Parkonians from the Southern Amateur League.
The contrast between the two sides could not have been more stark with Meads struggling for cohesion and seemingly unable to find the net against a team at present belying their third division status, unbeaten in the league, with a tally of more than fifty goals in all competitions.
The visitors were one down after ten minutes with keeper Simon Greening holding his hand up for not cutting down the angle on his near post. Before the break it was a just two when the luckless Greening was opportunistically and comprehensively lobbed. Harsh words at half time led to a concerted but fruitless push by Meads for fifteen minutes, giving hopes of a revival but brought to an abrupt end by a breakaway.
The introduction of walking wounded Lawrie Pointer with ten to go saw him bundle the ball in for a consolation-ish goal just before the whistle. The struggle is not over for Meads as they now need to repair their league position.
Team: Greening, Palmer, Thompson, Japp, Graham, (Pointer), Costello, Gerrish, Jones, Rhone, Glover, (Eguae), Hawkins.
February 3, 2010