ANAGRAM RECORDS TROPHY 2ND ROUND
After dominating the first half Eagles almost paid the price for some lax defending in the last 20 minutes of the game before finishing the stronger team and pulling off a great away win in his cup competition.
It took only 6 minutes for the Eagles to score their first goal when defender Paul Mc Gennity headed in a Mitch Cox corner at the near post from a few yards out . Then Paul Morris was put clear on goal with a pass from David Locke, but he placed his low shot too close to the keeper who made a good block. This incident was repeated just a few minutes later as Eagles pressed forward.
On 15 minutes John Coley was put clear on goal but blasted the ball over the crossbar from a few yards out when a goal seemed certain. It took over 20 minutes for the home side to muster a shot on goal, and the low shot from well outside the penalty area was easily held by keeper Dan Goad. As the game flowed from end to end with neither team taking sufficient time on the ball the home team missed a great chance to go ahead when the no9 had an open goal to shoot at, but delayed his shot allowing it to be blocked by covering defenders.
After 35 minutes eagles got their second goal when John Coley headed home a cross from the left by Morris into the net at the near post.. Soon after Carl Williams had a low shot from outside the penalty area pushed away by the keeper who also had to push a low shot from Cox round his post a few minutes later. Tooting did manage a shot across the Eagles goal that left Goad scrabbling to clear the ball but it fizzed well wide.
Straight from the kick off at half time Morris broke clear on the left and his low shot from the edge of area was beaten out by the home keeper at his near post. Eagles were not to be denied and when Shane Carthy was clearly brought down in the penalty area, Carl Williams coolly dispatched the penalty for the third Eagles goal. Cox almost added another but his ‘goal’was ruled out by the match referee and assistant linesman. Eagles continued to make and waste chances with Morris in the thick of most of the action having several shots blocked by defenders or saved by the busy home keeper..
It all changed after 70 minutes following a couple of substitutions by Tooting. First a long ball down the centre between eagles defenders was collected by the Tooting no 9 who cleanly shot past Goad into the net. Minutes later it was 2-3 after another long ball down the centre cut open the static Eagles rearguard. As play switched to the opposite end of the pitch Carthy hit the foot of the post with a bullet shot from the edge of the penalty area which beat the keeper,but this was against the run of play and Tooting scored a third as eagles struggled, with another pass inside covering defenders .
It was a great cup tie for the spectators as both sides went for the winning goal, and it was Eagles who secured it 5 minutes from time when Cox sidefooted home a low cross from McGennity. Eagles brought on leading scorer Sam Gittings who almost scored after a few minutes of being of the pitch, when he shot from the right side across the face of goal. Sub Charlie Thake shot wide when put clear on the left but in the dying minutes of time added on he hit home a loose ball as Tooting defenders failed to clear the ball, making Eagles clear winners in the end.
There was also a great weekend for the Eagles when the reserve side beat St Ippolyts in a league fixture 11-1, with Freddie Bogie scoring 9 goals. This is a club record and probably a league record too!