Marlowe cracks Acorns defence!
Having played Little Oakley (“The Acorns”) this time in the cup two seasons ago and losing narrowly 1-0, it was a much anticipated match to set right our past failings and make the long trip down to their ground a worthwhile journey !
The match started at a high tempo with both teams creating some slick passing moves to test out each defence. After the game had settled, Shenfield looked the more likely team to score with most of the possession and several chances coming through good passing moves down each wing involving Ben Absolon and Josh Sumner, with the latter striking the crossbar with a volley from outside the box. The Little Oakley goalkeeper was on form as he made a string of saves with shots coming from Ben Carroll, but to no avail as the first half finished all square at 0-0.
Little Oakley came close to opening the scoring in the second half with some nice interplay in midfield that led to a neat ball played through to their striker who shot across the keeper and hit the post. Adrian said he “had it covered all the way” however. The best chance of the half for Shenfield fell to James Bigmore who followed up a saved shot, 10 yards out and with only the keeper to beat, managed to sky the ball over the crossbar. A true defenders clearance! As the game came to a close it lost a lot of the quality from the first half as the pitch started to tear up and both teams resorting to long balls, as it finished even at 0-0 and we were into extra time.
In extra time Shenfield’s better fitness and quality started to show as they dominated possession with Garan Hammerton pulling the strings in midfield and spraying the ball out to the wings. One of those said balls fell to William Marlowe who controlled it well and with an unrecognisable burst of pace out of nowhere knocked it past their defender and slotted the ball gracefully round the keeper and into the far corner.
Alex Broadbridge and Tommy Oliver held a strong partnership together at the heart of defence to see out the rest of extra time and claim another clean sheet.
Well done to both teams for putting in a dogged performance but its Shenfield who now move into the Quarter Finals with an eye on the trophy!