Eagles will be glad to see the back of Cuffley for a while after failing to avenge their 5-4 cup defeat the week before and again collapsing in the second half, this time to a 4-1 defeat.
Eagles started brightly for the first 30 minutes . After 10 minutes Mitch Cox scored and then Eagles hit the bar with a goal bound effort. In a goalmouth scramble Cuffley were fortunate not to concede a third goal, and their first effort on target after 25 minutes, from a direct free kick outside the area, did not trouble keeper Dan Goad. They did however start to press and after 35 minutes equalised with a fine flowing move leading to a cross from the left and a header from the penalty spot that gave Goad no chance. Carl Williams got the ball into the net for the eagles, but was judged to have fouled the keeper first to gain possession. Cuffley almost got a second just before half time when Goad missed his punch from a free kick but the resulting shot went just wide.
After the break Cuffley picked up the pace and scored a second goal on 55 minutes with a shot from outside the area which crashed into the top corner of the net leaving Goad grasping fresh air. The third goal followed after 68 minutes when a long ball out of defence was picked up on the edge of the penalty area, and with eagles failing to close down quickly the ball was chipped over Goad, who was caught off his line, and into the net.
Cuffley scored a fourth goal after 73 minutes from a direct free kick 25 yards out following a foul by Mitchell Cox, and could have scored more in the dying minutes. A shot hit the bar with Goad well beaten, and only a great saving tackle from Sam Williams saved a certain goal when another Cuffley forward was clear on goal after an earlier eagles attack had broken down. Eagles might have scored when a shot from sub Charlie Joy was deflected just wide of the post by a defender with the keeper not in a position to make a save, but otherwise it was one way traffic in the last quarter of the game., and eagles finished a well beaten side.
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