St Georges 2:1 Stonnall Phoenix
Stonnall started this cup game on the front foot with good possession, particularly involving Fozz and Ben in forward positions. The defence had little to deal with and St Georges were reduced to long range efforts.
The home side came more into the game half way through the first period and it was one of these long range efforts that gave St Georges the lead after 35 mins.
Phoenix had looked off the pace in the first half following the Christmas break but the lads came out with renewed energy in the second half and after perseverance by Tom down the left, he managed to hook the ball into the box where Ben was able to loop the ball over the goalkeeper for the equaliser. 1:1 in the 42nd minute.
The visitors were on top now and looked to have taken the lead following a Liam corner but the ball unluckily bounced over the bar. Stonnall continued to press and again, St Georges only looked dangerous from free kicks and corners but another shot from distance found the net for what proved to be the winner in the 64th minute.
Stonnall still had time to respond and with Zak, Callum, Sedgy and Ennis all contributing to a more high energy second half. The lads kept trying to force an equaliser right to the last kick when a frantic goalmouth scramble was finally cleared by St Georges and they won a tight game 2:1 to progress to the next round.
In a game that could have gone either way, it was St Georges who came out on top but the lads can take heart from a better second half performance and can learn lessons from a lethargic start.
Report by Pete H.
Man of the Match
Wayne has given MOTM to Fozz (Jack). His pace and quick feet were a constant threat down the wing and led to many chances on goal. Well done Fozz.