Street 0-2 Hallen
October 9, 2011 - F.A. VASE 1st Qualifying Round
HALLEN PLAY WITH SOUL TO KNOCK OUT COBBLERS
Hallen started this game kicking up the slope against a swirling and difficult wind in this FA Vase encounter at a ground where you have to battle to come away with a result. It was Hallen who should have taken the lead after just six minutes when their good approach work saw a good cross from Andrews, a lovely dummy by King allowing the ball to run to Bennett and an incredible miss from eight yards by the Hallen skipper. Five minutes later King put in a good ball from the left and good work from Bennett presented O’Donovan with a golden opportunity but his delay saw the chance slip away.
At the other end, on thirteen minutes, we saw good work from the resolute Greening as he covered his colleagues to block a goal-bound attempt. Two minutes later it was the turn of a Street striker to miss an open goal as he rose unopposed from a corner only to head wide of the target. Our hosts then had a free kick from a central position on the edge of the penalty only for the ball to be hoisted high over the bar. Five minutes until the break and Bennett did well to steal the ball as he stalked the Street back line and put in a low ball to O’Donovan at the near post where we saw the ball hit the post and bounce into the arms of the grateful keeper. As we awaited the half-time whistle it was the turn of Yeo to earn his corn with a tremendous save to his left as a powerful shot was hit across him. From the resultant corner, the Hallen keeper did well to stretch and tip an effort over the bar.
Hallen took the lead after just eight minutes of the second period when a long ball deep into the right corner was reached by the never-say-die Willshire as he stretched to pull the ball back to Bennett who was on the edge of the six yard box at the near post. The Street defender clattered into the back of him, the referee had no hesitation in pointing to the spot, and Cook did the rest with the penalty. On sixty-seven minutes, Hallen doubled their lead when Willshire made a good challenge at the back before playing the ball forward where Bennett headed on to O’Donovan whose calm attitude paid dividends as he chipped a defender and the goalkeeper from twenty yards. Before the final whistle we saw Bennett finish a fine move but the “goal” was disallowed for offside, and Knight just fail to get on the score sheet when connecting with a cross to the far post from Bennett.
Hallen Cautions: Nil
Nelmes (Mowatt 77 mins);
Cook (De Rosa 67 mins);
King (S Knight 60 mins);
53 min - Andy Cook (5/10)
67 min - Kyle O'Donovan (5/10)