AUBREY CUP 3RD ROUND
Eagles eventually won an exciting cup tie after taking and losing the lead, with a final score after extra time of 4-4, and finally winning in a penalty shoot out.
Eagles made an explosive start to the game. In the first few minutes John Coley had a shot beaten out by the keeper, and after 5 minutes Eagles went ahead with a header from Paul McGennity near the penalty spot after a deep corner by Mitch Cox was not properly cleared by the Wormley defence.. Eagles pressed for a second goal . A lobbed cross from near the goal line on the left by Cox sailed over the heads of defenders and just eluded Sam Gittings at the far post.
Eagles keeper Dan Goad had little to do before 10minutes when he was forced to make a good save to push a low direct free kick from 25 yards round his post. Eagles responded as play raced from end to end. A cross from Paul Morris was headed over the bar by Coley who was unmarked near the penalty spot and then Coley chased a ball down the centre, but he opted to shoot rather than pass across goal to an unmarked Gittings and the ball was smothered by the Wormley keeper.
Wormley then got an unexpected equalising goal with a long ball down the centre. Keeper Goad tied to force the player wide but the ball was slipped under his body into the net for a smart finish. Cox then had a shot from outside the penalty area pushed over the crossbar by the Wormley keeper as Eagles pressed forward, but by taking a high line the Eagles defence looked vulnerable to quick breaks down the middle. Wormley had another fine chance from such a ball just before half time but Goad made a great save to hold on to the ball from a shot by an unmarked forward.
After half time eagles took the initiative. A direct free kick by Cox flashed wide of a post and then after 60 minutes Shane Carthy was shoved in the back in the Wormley penalty to give the Eagles a chance to get their noses ahead. Carl Williams made no mistake from the penalty spot. At that point Eagles were clearly the dominant side but 10 minutes from the end conceded a sucker goal after Goad parried the first shot and the rebound was hammered into the net. The Assistant Referee raised his flag, but after a lengthy consultation the referee allowed the goal.
Neither side could get a winning goal so the match went into extra time. Eagles were quickest out of the blocks when Gittings made a great run down the right and crossed into the centre for Paul Morris to score with a low shot into the net from 10 yards out. Gittings almost then got himself a goal but the keeper made a great save to push wide his shot from an acute angle. Carl Williams then shot just wide with the keeper struggling to get across his goal.
Against the run of play Wormley, with another break away move, scored with the ball hammered into the top of the net from the edge of the penalty area giving Goad no chance. Soon after wormley went ahead for the first time in the game, when some terrible defending by the Eagles allowed a shot to be placed wide of the keeper and into the net.
The second period of extra time nearly started badly for the Eagles when the ball flashed across the eagles goal and Goad just managed to deflect it wide of an advancing Wormley forward. But then a long cross from the left was pushed home by Gittings at the far post from a few yards out to make the score 4-4. Eagles almost won it at the death when Morris broke down the left, beat several Wormley defenders at full speed and hit the ball towards the top corner of the net. The Wormley keeper made a great save to push the ball wide.
And so the game went to penalties. Gittings, Den Crook and Lee Pateman easily scored with their attempts and Wormley replied similarly.. Dami Fajiobi missed his spot kick, Wormley scored theirs, and it looked all over for the Eagles. Carl Williams scored with his penalty and then Wormley missed theirs. Mc Gennity stepped up to score the 5th goal as sudden death arrived, and amazingly Wormley failed to score with the last kick of the game and the Eagles celebrated their hard earned win against a Wormley side that never gave up and almost took the spoils at the end.