City “Edge” through to Senior Cup semi’s
An unfortunate mistake from young Colchester midfielder Charley Edge allowed the Clarets to nick a 1-0 victory and move closer to retaining their Essex Senior Cup title last night.
In a scrappy game of few chances, Rod Stringer’s side almost went ahead in the opening minutes when Jonny Giles, making his first start since returning from a long injury lay off, was twice denied. First, his header ricocheted back off the bar, before his follow-up attempted was well blocked by United goalkeeper Gilmartin.
Not wishing to be outdone, Colchester later hit the woodwork themselves when a free-kick from the edge of the Clarets box was tipped onto the bar by Sam Beasant.
The game, on the whole, lacked quality with a plethora of mis-placed passes dominating the midfield and neither side able to carve out any clear goalscoring chances.
In the end, it proved to be the City substitutions that changed the game. With only three players available for the bench, all three were brought on with Shaun Batt being the first to be introduced in place of Giles. Anthony Church entered the fray three minutes later and the dynamics of the game changed. Suddenly City looked more assured in midfield and begin to retain a bit more position.
It was however, due to Edge’s mistake that the only goal of the game finally came. The midfielder went to clear the ball with his left foot, only to inadvertently hit it with his right foot first, hitting the deck and releasing Danny Green in the process. The City winger, who, in truth, hadn’t hit a good cross all game, managed to pick out Batt in the box, who hit a well placed volley beyond Gilmartin and into the net to make it 1-0.
Green had the chance to put the game to be in the dying moments when released through on goal, but couldn’t fashion a good enough shooting chance and the game finished 1-0.
The match was anything but a classic, with the highlight of the evening up until Batt’s goal being the unfortunate fall of one of the ball-boys as he tried to run down the noticeably slippery steps at the Weston Homes only to slip and land on his backside, much to the amusement of the travelling fans.
City now move onto the semi final’s of this seasons BBC Essex Senior Cup, where they will face Billericay, East Thurrock United or the winner of the tonight’s clash between Romford and Grays Athletic. Billericay saw off Harlow Town 3-0 last night, whilst East Thurrock snatched a 1-0 victory of Concord Rangers.
Match DateTue 9 January 2018
Half Time Score0-0
- Sam Beasant
- Elliot Omozusi
- Bagasan Graham
- Scott Davies
- Michael Spillane
- Mark Haines
- Danny Green
- Matt Johnson
- Lee Barnard
- Mike West
- Jonny Giles
- Anthony Church
- Chris Smith
- Shaun Batt