HERTS SENIOR COUNTY LEAGUE AUBREY CUP 2ND ROUND
Eagles secured a comfortable victory over division 1 side Lemsford after getting an early goal in each half and wearing down their opponents in the second half.
In the first minutes Eagles showed an attacking intent and Sam Gittings soon headed just over the bar when well placed. On 6 minutes he again broke though the Lemsford defence on the left and his hard hot shot cum cross was turned into the net at the far post by Dami Fajiobi.
It was nearly 2-0 after 13 minutes when a Carl Williams cross was pushed into the net by Fajiobi from about 8 yards out, only for the effort to be ruled out for offside.
Lemsford should have equalised when the Lemsford no 9 broke clear of Eagles defenders down the centre of the field, but as he tried to take an extra touch to steady himself for a clear shot on goal covering defenders managed to block the ball and clear the danger. Shortly after they missed a second good opportunity when a cross from the right was headed over the bar when the attempt should have hit the target.
The game was fast flowing from end to end. A Gittings shot from the edge of the area was straight at the keeper and then he almost finished a fine passing move by Eagles, only for his shot to be pushed wide of the post by the Lemsford keeper.. Just before half time Carl Williams was clear on goal with only the keeper to beat from a few yards out, but passed the ball wide of the keeper and the far post.
In the second half Lemsford again started slowly and went behind to a second gaol within a couple of minutes when Fajiobi finished off another good passing move from near the penalty spot. Eagles then piled on the pressure. Within a couple of minutes James Farrar shot just wide and then over the bar when well placed inside the penalty area. He did however get a just reward a few minutes later when his cross was handled by a defender in the penalty area. Carl Williams scored from the penalty, the ball just passing under the body of the diving keeper.
Eagles keeper Dan Goad had little to do in the second half but after 60 minutes had to make a sharp save to push the ball low round the post from a low shot from edge of the penalty area.
Eagles played to a high line and after 70 minutes defender Den Crook’s header from the penalty spot was well saved by the keeper with Gittings unable to reach the rebound as the ball ran loose in the goal area.
Williams then scored Eagles’ fourth goal with a bullet header from a direct free kick by Mitch Cox.. Gittings almost got the reward he deserved from a hard working performance when his shot was pushed wide by the keeper, and Mitch Cox ran through the tiring Lemsford rearguard only for the keeper to make another good save and push the ball round the post.
As Eagles pushed forward to find more goals Lemsford got a consolation goal after 80 minutes when a corner was headed into the top corner of the net giving Goad no chance. It set up a good finish and they almost got a second in a late rally but Goad blocked the ball with a Lemsford forward clear on goal, and the rebound was placed just wide of the post.
Overall a good footballing performance by the Eagles to reach the next stage of a competition they have won on three successive occasions.