Wisden Junior Cup
J.C Tackleway II 1-7 South Coast Athletico
Saturday 19th January 2019
Chopbacks secure Semi Final place
A potential Semi Final place in the ESFL Wisden Sports Challenge Cup beckoned for South Coast Athletico this weekend.
Standing in their way was higher division 2 opposition The JC Tackleway 2nds who hosted the tie.
The game was a stalemate for the first 20 minutes with a few half chances for the Chopbacks, the home teams midfield working well to subdue Coast.
On the 20th minute the ball was picked up by left-back Charley Adams who found Connor Easton just on the edge of Tackleways box, tightly marked with back to goal, he fainted to his left switching neatly back to his right, wrong footed his marker and span around.
He caught a glimpse of goal and instinctively struck a peach of a high curling ball which looped over Tackleways keeper into the top right corner of his goal.
An excellent goal to set the mood for the Chopbacks.
The hosts tried hard to get something back creating a half chance but Coasts defence mopped it up.
13 minutes from time, a South Coast Athletico throw in led to an in box delivery, Tackleway half cleared to the outside of the box.
Brad Owens played the ball back in finding Centre Back Dayle McGurk who headed in goal number two.
The Chopbacks half time team talk was one of calmness but over all the message delivered was to make absolutely sure of the result.
From the restart Coast went up a gear and began to outplay the hosts in every department.
It took three minutes for a shot to be dropped by the hosts keeper, Coast Forward Jack Bloomfield poked it across to an oncoming Ryan Penny who tapped home goal number 3.
60 seconds later, Coasts midfield dug the ball out, passing it to Luke Darvill for him to play in Connor Easton, who in turn played a through ball to Jack Bloomfield to net decisively passed the keeper for goal number 4.
Tackleway were left stunned as again a minute later, Connor Easton found himself able to set up Luke Darvill across goal, who from an acute angle scorched home a thundering shot past the Tackleway keeper taking the score to 5-0.
The Hosts were not going to let the Chopbacks have it all their own way and dug in to get some control of the game, keeping Coast quiet for quarter of an hour and having some success testing the Chopbacks defence a few times.
From one of these attacks, a speculative cross was delivered and despite no recipient beckoning, Dayle McGurk mis-cleared beating a bewildered Ben Tate giving Tackleway a consolation goal.
The last 15 minutes were all South Coast as their fast paced football flowed and chance after chance was forged.
On the 83rd minute a South Coast corner delivered by Brad Owens was converted by the head of Connor Easton who out jumped his taller marker.
1 minute from time the final blow for Tackleway was cast when Mike Hawley crossed the ball into the hosts box where Ryan Fuller reacted quicker than their defence and keeper slotted home a difficult finish to take the score to 7-1.
And so the good natured tie ended with SCA advancing to the Semi finals and the hosts magnanimous in defeat, South Coast wish them all the best for the remainder of their season.
Special mention to Referee Katie Wilde who did a superb job keeping the game flowing and played excellent advantage for both teams where required.
Man of the match for scoring a brace and playing a solid all round performance went to Connor Easton.
Next weekend The boys are back in league action against Magham Down.
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