|ASCOT EASE PAST ABINGDON IN CUP
Fantastic four goals put Yellamen into Quarter Finals
Patient Ascot United scored four unanswered second half goals to oust Abingdon United and ease into the Bluefin Sport Challenge Cup Quarter Final.
The Yellamen were totally dominant in the first half, creating and wasting a hatful of chances, but Abingdon would survive an Ascot penalty, disallowed goal and rattled woodwork to escape with half poised at nil-nil.
Louis Bouwers’ sixth minute header was chalked off for a push before he struck the crossbar three minutes later with a shot from Jonny Denton’s corner, and as Ascot stretched their hosts, both Nathan Minhas and Jean-Claude Etienne also saw chances go begging as both failed to get their feet right.
Minhas then had a shot blocked at the near post, but Ascot were given their best opportunity when Bouwers was pushed in the box, only for Minhas to smack the crossbar with a rising effort from the resultant penalty; 29 minutes played.
Abingdon were wasteful from two Calum Harvey free-kicks which sailed over, although their best chance came midway through the half when defender Jason Smith’s stooping header missed by a couple of feet from Ryan Jackson’s corner; Jackson himself winning the set-piece off George Lock’s interception.
Etienne volleyed over from the edge of the area and home ‘keeper Jake Pritchard did extremely well to thwart Minhas on the stroke of half time as normal service was resumed, but Ascot couldn’t forge an opening.
The second half was a different story as Ascot scored four fine goals, the first of which arrived on the 50-minute mark. Elliot Carey – making his first start for the Yellamen – won back possession just outside the penalty area, played a neat one-two with Lock, and cut the ball back from his advanced position for Etienne to take one touch and rifle past Pritchard.
Lock would turn provider again when he went past one defender only to be thwarted by a second, although when the ball came back into the box, Laflin made no mistake with a left-footed shot which went in at the near post.
Debutant Lamin Sankoh’s introduction came with a slide-rule pass for Minhas to run onto, and although Minhas left himself with the tightest of angles after rounding Pritchard, he somehow poked the ball home from the by-line when faced with a target little wider than the ball itself; 70 minutes played.
At the other end, Lee Allen tipped over substitute Kyle Moss’s effort and Patrick Bloxford fired over in a late goalmouth scramble, but Ascot had the last laugh when Denton’s low right footed shot found the bottom left hand corner after Lock had inevitably turned provider once again by playing him in.
Ascot United: Allen, Lock, Haworth, Carey (Sankoh), Bouwers, Ellis, Denton, Laflin (Kassim), Minhas (Kibaki), Price, JC Etienne. Subs unused: F Etienne, Sullivan