Sydenhams Football League
League Cup 2nd Rd – Saturday October 25th 2014
COWES SPORTS 7 – 0 DOWNTON
Attendance — 85
Cowes enjoyed another home draw for the Wessex League Cup 2nd Rd, entertaining fellow Division 1 side Downton.
Prior to kick off Sydenhams Football League President, DENNIS CHALLIS, presented Craig Insley with the “September Team of the Month” award.
Cowes started well putting the visiting defence under pressure from the first whistle. Jez Conway sent in an early cross which Enrique Villar met at the far post, but visiting keeper Charlie Aldridge saved well with his feet.John McKie then sent a curling shot just wide of the left hand upright. Skipper Craig Insley then sent in a 22nd minute free kick which found Jared Wetherick, but he shot wide before Jez Conway fired over the bar. With chances being missed, memories of the League meeting on the opening day of the season, when Cowes dominated but could not score, came flooding back. John McKie then sent an overhead kick towards goal, but again Charlie Aldridge was equal to it by tipping the ball over the bar for a corner.The breakthrough finally came in the 31st minute when Jared Wetherick saw his shot blocked by a combination of keeper and defender, the rebound fell into the path of JOHN MCKIE who netted from close range. Relief was felt all round Westwood Park. the impressive Jez Conway then crossed for Jordan Browne to head the ball into their keeper hands before, just before the break, Downton striker Ross Bentall lobbed Cowes keeper Ed Hatt, but also the crossbar as the home side went in at half time just one goal to the good.
H-t 1 – 0
The Robins nearly equalised in the 47th minute when a cross cum shot came back off the Cowes crossbar before Ed Hatt blocked the follow up shot. A 5oth minute ball into the Downton box saw Jordan Browne climb for a header, Referee Sean Jenkins blew his whistle, everyone expecting a free kick to Downton, but a penalty was awarded to Cowes, apparently a defender was backing in to Jordan. JARED WETHERICK took the responsibility to fire the Yachtsmen two ahead. Just three minutes later and JARED WETHERICK was himself fouled in the area by Ben Vincent who was shown a yellow card, Jared got up to beat their keeper for a second time form 12 yards, just. In the 56th minute a 1-2 0n the edge of their box between John McKie and Gareth Bricknell gave the latter the opportunity to get to the bye-line before pulling the ball back to JOHN MCKIE who smashed the ball into the roof of the Robins net for a comfortable 4 – 0 lead. On 67 minutes Jordan Browne broke into their area only to be brought down by Sam O’Hagan for a third penalty in 17 minutes. Again JARED WETHERICK stepped up to smash the ball into the net sending Charlie Aldridge the wrong way as shown. A Downton free kick into Ross Bentall saw the striker head the ball just over Ed Hatt’s goal. A sixth goal came for the home side in the 89th minute when a ball from Jared Wetherick found Jordan Browne who flicked it up, their keeper came off his line but substitute JOE BUTCHER nipped in to get a little touch on the ball to take it past their keeper and into the goal, then in injury time JOE ADAMS rounded the keeper to net the seventh and final goal and secure an easy passage into the third round when Cowes Sports must travel to Petersfield Town for a tough but intriguing looking mid week tie on Tuesday November 25th.
THE HOLIDAY SHOP and A L S TRAVEL “Man of the Match” — JARED WETHERICK
Team:- Ed Hatt, Keelan Sainsbury, Jez Conway, Ryan Gregory, Craig Insley capt, Sergio Castellano, Enrique Villar(Joe Adams 65), Gareth Bricknell(Ross Gregory 66), Jared Wetherick bkd, Jordan Browne, John McKie(Joe Butcher 61)
Referee:- Sean Jenkins Assistants – John Hopkinson + Dave Gregory
All photos supplied by HILARY FARROW of Smugmug