Lane Head Titans 6:0 Stonnall Phoenix
This cup match was evenly competitive but the home side’s more accurate finishing settled the result in their favour.
Stonnall Phoenix started well and the first chance of the match fell to Jack who narrowly missed getting on the end of a searching Liam free kick. Then Demario had a shot after being played through by Liam following good work by Ennis in midfield.
In between, Lane Head had long range chances but the shots were either off target or well dealt with by Alfie. Eventually, as the home side gained more possession, the chances finally proved decisive and two goals on 15 and 22 mins gave Lane Head a half time 2:0 lead.
The latter period of the first half had seen Titans reduce Phoenix to playing on the break and that trend continued into the second half but to Stonnall’s credit, they were combative in midfield and resolute in defence. Lane Head were very strong down their right so Sedgy at left back was busy throughout with obdurate and determined defending. In midfield, Tom, who had replaced the injured Harry in the first half, provided guts and his trademark battling forward runs to open up the play and on one of these occasions, crossed the ball to the far post where the onrushing Fozz shot just over the bar.
Up front, the pairing of Ben and Demario is still new but with the Captain’s ball retention and the latter’s runs off the shoulder of defenders, it led to half chances but the home defence snuffed out any opportunities effectively.
Stonnall had held firm for forty minutes with the score at 2:0 and were very much in the game. Had the lads got the next goal it could have been a different outcome. Nathan had a chance from a Liam corner but then Titans settled the game with their third goal and added another four minutes later in the 66th minute. With time running out and Phoenix committing men forward, the home side grabbed another quick brace and ran out 6:0 winners.
It was a game where the two sides were fairly evenly matched but Lane Head’s decisive finishing was the difference on the day.
Report by Pete H.
Man of the Match
For his never-say-die attitude and leading by example, Bruce has awarded MOTM this week to the Captain. Well done Ben.