U19 KO Cup: Hinksey Park 3-1 Chipping Norton Swifts
Chippy squandered a terrific chance to progress to the quarter finals of the Invitation League Cup with a dominant display that ultimately failed to deliver the result the performance warranted.
Report by Richard Morris
After a fairly even opening, the deadlock was broken on 32 minutes; as Sam Davin delivered a perfect through ball into the path of Luke Briggs. Luke’s pace allowed him to beat a defender and the goalie to the ball, and having beaten them both, Luke coolly tucked the ball into the gaping net.
The goal sparked Chippy into life and they began to dominate the game. Further chances soon materialized but at the break it remained 1-0 to the Chippy lads.
The second half was completely bossed by Chippy. Sam Neal, who had been quiet in the first half, pushed forward and ran the Hinksey boys ragged. Sam Davin, Bradley Smith, Orlando Giannini and Luke Briggs were all in fine form and it looked like Chippy would have no trouble extending their lead. But football is a cruel came, and on 63 minutes, after Chippy had missed 5 chances, a tame effort by Hinksey took a bobble and squirmed past Chippy’s stand-in ‘keeper Conor Davies.
Chippy accepted it for the freak goal that it was, and set about regaining the lead. Following Hinksey’s goal, Chippy produced half a dozen clear chances but not one caused the Hinksey net to bulge. And on 78 minutes, Chippy paid the price. Completely against the run of play; Hinskey took the lead with an unremarkable effort from 20 yards that was calmly watched into the net by the unfortunate Conor.
Chippy pushed for an equalizer and once again they created a host of chances - but just couldn’t find the net. As they pressed forward they left gaps at the back and Hinksey exploited the situation netting a third 2 minutes before the end.
The Chippy boys were quite naturally disappointed. They’d utterly dominated the game, especially in the second half, but ended up slipping out of the Cup to a side they have beaten comfortably in the league twice this season.
The two reasons for the defeat today were very plain to see;
Who’d be a ‘keeper? Conor let in two goals that a regular ‘keeper would expect to save. But football is a team game and Chippy win or lose as a team, so no one blames Conor. In fact, as Conor had the balls to volunteer to go in goal he should be praised, and his team-mates should be grateful he was rash enough to accept the role! They say you have to be mad to be a goal-keeper don’t they? The truth is that the team should never have been put in the position where they are forced to play without their regular ‘keeper.
The other reason for the defeat is Chippy’s woeful finishing. They generated 13 clear cut shots on goal in the second half today. Of those, 3 were saved by the ‘keeper and 2 were blocked by defenders. That means 8 shots were off-target! That’s not good is it? But it is something that can be worked on in training.
Hopefully next week against Summertown... we’ll have our shooting boots on!