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match report

fenton cup
saturday 11th december 2010, 13:30pm away
glendale sat 4pens3 london & essex
J.Taylor, T.Allen, T.Copus

at Hainault Recreation Ground

salmon is shootout hero as dales make quarters

posted by robpgfc on 12th dec 2010, 09:40

Glendale have made the quarter finals of the Fenton Cup after an enthralling cup tie against London & Essex at Hainault Rec during which the Dales never lead until penalty kicks.

London were the better side in the opening half hour and appeared to be out of the blocks quicker as they took an early lead, heading in from close range to make it 1-0.

Despite the early set back the Dales showed great endeavour and created some excellent chances for themselves to win a number of set pieces but were unable to test the home keeper until JT beat him at his near post only to see the shot come off the post and across the face of goal where Terry Copus under pressure (allegedly!) skewed his shot over the bar.

Despite the Dales breaking more into the game, London secured a second from the penalty spot after a challenge in the box and the midfielder put it away to double the lead and leave the Dales staring the face of defeat.

This was the spark that brought the Dales back into life however and moments before the break, a corner delivered long was headed in at the far post by an unmarked Tel Copus to give us a lifeline. The lead could have been wiped out before the break if it wasn't for brave goalkeeping from the home stopper to prevent any further breaches.

The second half was much different and despite a couple of good forays down field was almost all Glendale. Both Danny Harding and Tel Copus saw long range efforts go just over the bar and a looping header tested the referee as it appeared it had hit the back of the net but was ruled out.

Glendale's wide play was excellent and tested the London full backs constantly but the end product just wasn't arriving. The home stopper made 2 or 3 superb saves to prevent conceding as defensive mistakes started coming from the home side.

Against the run of play, London got what had looked to be the killer goal with around ten minutes left as the left sided player cut in to the space and unleashed a good shot which crept in past the Salmon for 3-1 and pretty much game over.

However, with a couple of minutes to go, Hilly released Terry Allen in behind the defence and Twoey made no mistake with the finish to put the jitters into London for the remaining time.

And deep into stoppage time, with literally seconds on the clock, a cross from the right delivered by JJ was headed back across goal and JT was on hand with the most important of pokes to send the Dales into raptures and take the game into extra time as the referee blew for full time immediately!

Extra time was a tense affair but still witnessed plenty of chances at both ends with the best of the lot a save by the Salmon with his head to prevent a goal bound effort while at the other end a Hilly effort on a breakaway went wide. But nothing could separate the sides despite the Dales dominance and the game went to a shootout.

In the shootout, both sides scored with their first two kicks as JT and Copus beat the keeper. Salmon pulled off a terrific stop to save the third kick and Danny Harding rolled in the Dales third to lead 3-2. Alf then  stopped the fourth London pen with an outstretched hand but needing just one to win from two spot kicks, Twoey missed his effort taking it to a fifth round. London scored their fifth kick putting the pressure on the man in tights, Ricky Reeves, who stepped up and slotted home to take the game and send the Dales onto the quarter finals where they will face either Lotus Sports or Newham Royals from Division 2.