Away cup match played on 09 October 2016.
Kicked off at 11:00 AM

30 minutes extra time played. Match decided by a penalty shootout.

Back again at New Ferry today in cup action again!!!

We started off well looking to get the early advantage, Tom Briggs starting his first match in a while started lively and a clever one two with Danny Curran nearly seen us get an early goal, Curran flicked a clever ball into Briggs who saw his well struck effort sail just over.

As we looked to settle New Ferry had a chance to score but our defence stood firm and in one scary moment Lee O’Donnell cleared off the line with New Ferry looking like scoring the first goal of the game.

Then nerves were settled, it was the combo of Briggs and Curran again, good work from Curran released Briggs who crossed in a superb ball into the box where Stu Hardman side footed a lovely finish past the keeper 0-1.

Moments later Dave Leslie hit a thunderous effort just wide and Stu Hardman was unlucky to see one effort narrowly miss the target.

The long ball tactics from our opponents was causing us some problems and this continued to half time were we had to dig deep and defend strong, Edge O’Donnell and Easterbrook being put under pressure stood firm.

Half time

At the start of the second it looked like we had got a vital second when Lee O’Donnell rose to a Ryan Smith corner and headed towards goal with the ball close to the line it was desperately cleared away.

Moments after that Stu Hardman made a terrific run from his own half only at the last minute as he was about to pull the trigger the ball was cleared for a corner.

Briggs was replaced by James Thomas who came straight into the action and after being played thru by Hardman his effort was wide after taking a horrible bounce just as he struck.

Then comical defending a mistake occurred due to lack of communication and Lee O’Donnell was left 3 on 1 and it was no surprise to see New Ferry equalise 1-1.

We looked to bounce back and James Thomas was working his plums off it was his tireless work rate which seen Ryan Smith fire a great ball from a free kick which Lee O’Donnell met and fired past the keeper to put us back in front 1-2.

Philly Bryan came on in place of Philly Lennon to keep us tight at the back and change in formation, and he was also straight into action with a solid tackle and tremendous run down the wing, his resulting pass released Thomas who fired across goal and Hardman looked on as it just missed his right foot.

We had a chance moments later again as Danny Curran who was lively today fired a sweet curling shot which looked destined for the far corner, with the line expecting it to settle in the net it agonisingly went wide.

The match became a battle and with 5 minutes to go New Ferry hit an equaliser, again comical defending from front to back as their left winger was left spare and hit an absolute screamer past the lunging Jason McLaughlin 2-2.

Moments later the whistle blew…….extra time awaited!!!

Rose entered the fray replacing Edge and reverted back to 3,5,2.

The first half of extra time was cagey, back and forth, but in the second 15 we dominated and with seconds to spare we should have nicked it at the death Curran scuffing a shot after the keeper had spilled an effort.

That’s how it finished and onto penalties it was.

It was nice to see so many hands go up Curran,Rose,Easterbrook, O’Donnell, Bryan, Hardman and Smith all threw their hands up immediately, but we settled on the takers and here’s how it ended.

·New Ferry took first and Jason McLaughlin saved superbly down to his right

·Rose stepped up first for us and slotted superbly……0-1.

·New Ferry missed again as Jason pulled off an incredible save…..0-1.

·Stu Hardman stepped up and rifled his effort in…… 0-2.

·New Ferry Scored ……1-2.

·Then Skipper O’Donnell stepped up and nearly blew a hole in the net with his effort….1-3.

·New Ferry scored ….2-3.

·Then Easterbrook stepped up with the chance to win it, the worst penalty of the lot but it went in and that’s all that counts….2-4.

With Easterbrook running away expecting an avalanche of Dell players jumping on him, the lads chose to commiserate with the opposition on a tough match and have a well-earned rest, rather than chasing him.

So onto the next round we go and if we make the final after today’s result we will remember the heroics of Jason McLaughlin in goal, 2 terrific saves in the shoot-out and it earnt him M.O.M, Curran and O’Donnell also performed at a good level but Jason won us the game and deservedly earnt a can of coke back at the Dell!!

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