WARE FC   Tuesday 13th October 2015   NORTHWOOD FC

Red Insure Southern League Cup First Round

  Ware 2  Northwood 2 (3-4 pens)    

Karagul 34, Davidson 84

Murray 71, Lomas 89

Team line-up  
  Team line-up
1 Glenn Williamson     1 Berkley Laurencin
2 Michael Deane ©     2 Joakim Ehui
3 James Manlove     3 Andy Lomas
4 Finbarr Robins     4 Mark Burgess © (76m)
5 Jack Fowler     5 James Burgess
6 Kieron Street     6 Bayley Brown (86m)
7 Cameron Currie     7 Liam Baker (53m)
8 Mickey Clark     8 Perry Dicker
9 Murat Karagul     9 Niko Muir
10 Josh Oyibo     10 Michael Murray
11 Corey Davidson     11 Rob Hastings
Substitutes     Substitutes
12 Nathan Walker (84m)     12 Omar Vassell (76m)
14 Matthew Kyriakou     14 Louis Stead (86m)
15 Benjamin Crilley (46m)     15 Max Holland (53m)
16 Khale Dacosta (53m)     16 George Nicholas
17 Jaszime Johnson     17 -
      Referee: Michael Heavey; Assistants: Martyn Cannon & Stuart Smith      
  REPORT by Alan Evans  



Two weeks after going down 2-0 at Wodson Park in a League game, the Woods returned to gain the upper hand with a penalty shoot-out success in this Red Insure Southern League Cup clash. Both sides chose to rest a few players from good weekend wins, giving opportunities to a few squad players and it was the home side who were quickly into their stride. An early free-kick was pushed wide by a diving Berkley Laurencin and then Murat Karagul had two strikes in quick succession, the first wide but the second at Laurencin who saved comfortably.

Northwood’s first real attack came on 15 minutes when the ball was worked across from the left but Michael Murray’s shot was always going wide of the far post. The home side were almost gifted the lead a minute later though as Bayley Brown lost the ball in midfield and it released the speedy Corey Davidson through on goal but he slid his shot wide of the goal.

The Woods started to settle a little with Perry Dicker trying his luck from distance after a good ball from Murray but again it failed to trouble goalkeeper Glenn Williamson. They finally got a shot on target after 32 minutes when some good work from Rob Hastings led to Niko Muir’s strike but Williamson saved well.

Ware hit back though and Karagul missed a great opportunity when he headed down and wide of the target after a great chip across from Davidson. However, they finally did take the lead on 37 minutes when Mickey Clark slipped a ball through the defence and Karagul, for all the world looking well offside, fired home without the expected flag and the goal stood. It was almost 2-0 two minutes later when Finbarr Robins hit a shot which took a heavy deflection and looped up and against the crossbar while Josh Oyibo chested a good cross wide just before the break.

The Woods would have been grateful for the half-time period and they were much more on their game in the second-half. Murray fired a shot only just wide inside the first minute and then a quick break saw Dicker spread the ball wide to Hastings and when his cross came in Murray had another effort blocked by some good defending.

The home side picked up a flurry of bookings – three in seven minutes – as they struggled for the first time in the match and then the Woods were level on 71 minutes. It was another quick break led by Muir who played it to Andy Lomas. He fed Dicker into the box and when he was bundled over in the box, the Referee pointed to the spot. Murray tucked that away and it was 1-1 with all to play for.

Two minutes later Williamson made a good save at his near post to deny a Hastings strike and soon after this another swift attack was put in motion by an accurate throw out from Laurencin. Ehui and then Dicker took it upfield with a good ball finding Hastings but this time he fired high over the bar.

The last ten minutes were open and play swung from end to end. Laurencin saved well from a long-distance effort from Kieron Street but then substitute Max Holland looked sure to score when played into the box by Lomas but his shot was cleared off the line. A deep cross from Murray saw Dicker flick a header just wide but on 86 minutes Ware regained the lead when Davidson cut in and finished well.

But the Woods kept pushing to the end and in the 90th minute a ball in the box caused problems and when Holland’s shot was blocked, it was the unlikely figure of Lomas who was there to slot home his first-ever Northwood goal.
With no extra-time in this competition, it was straight to penalties and Laurencin made a great start by saving the first attempt from the home side, keeping out a strike from substitute Benjamin Crilley. However, the normally trusty boot of Murray was also denied by home ‘keeper Williamson who also saved well.

The next four penalties were all successful with Lomas and Ehui matching those from Robins and Davidson for Ware but then came the crucial second save from Laurencin who again dived to keep out another substitute Khale Dacosta. Muir then put the Woods ahead with a cool finish but Fowler scored to keep the pressure on. It was up to Louis Stead, who only entered the fray at 2-1 with four minutes to go, to send the Woods into the next round and he tucked his penalty away to win it 4-3.

It was the Woods third away win in just eight days following the Trophy success at Potters Bar Town and the League victory at Fleet Town and they will be hoping to continue that winning form when they return home for the league visit of their next Trophy opponents Bedford Town on Saturday.