Comfortable wins takes Cooks back to the top.
Four well taken goals crush the Romans.
Saturday 8th September 2018
FUTURE LIONS UNITED COUNTIES LEAGUE-RESERVE DIVISION
COGENHOE UNITED Reserves (2) 4 v IRCHESTER UNITED Reserves (0) 0
The Reserves took advantage of Bugbrooke only managing a draw today to go back to the top of the table with a very comfortable 4-0 win over Irchester United at Compton Park.
First teamer Matt Long was given some game time up front in place of missing leading scorer Jonny Shakespeare, where he was partnered by Jack Bartley. Jessi Obeng stepped up from the Under 18s after his superb performance on Friday night, while his fellow youth teamers Will Rowland and Ebrahim Mohammed both made the bench for the first time. Patryk Cichosz moved from left-back to central defence where he partnered Jamie Inwood, while Reece Sweeney replaced the absent Munya Matiyenga at right-back, with skipper Joe Shanley dropping back to play on the opposite side of the back four. With manager Craig Hayward still in foreign climes, Luke Bartley assisted Ben Avery in the technical area today.
Before the game started we held a minute's silence in memory of Nick Hillery who sadly passed away at the end of this week after a long battle with terminal illness. Nick was well known around the local football scene, having been secretary at Northampton Spencer for many years and stayed with the club right up until their sad demise. He had been seen fairly regularly at Compton Park watching The Cooks when his health permitted and was brave and dignified to the very end. A sad time, but Nick would have wanted us to get on with the football and that is exactly what we did.
Cogenhoe kicked into the breeze for the first half but were soon on top. A dangerous low ball across the box from Long was only inches ahead of Bartley’s run, then after Bartley had gone down wanting a foul, Liam Stone carried on and went for goal from twenty-five yards, but his effort was the wrong side of the post. A Shanley ball clipped over the top saw Long give chase, but the experienced player-manager Chris Gell held him up enough for his keeper Oli Staines to be able to come to the edge of his box and dive on the ball.
A lovely cross from Long was inches away from being headed in by Bartley, then they reversed roles with Bartley hooking over a cross that Long couldn’t get his head behind as in moved on the wind. Long and Obeng worked to get Joe Shanley into a crossing position, but Staines claimed it well as it came over. Shanley played a ball into Obeng in the box and the youngster appeared to have been fouled as he went past Harry Lawrence, but the other Harry Lawrence (the referee) saw nothing untoward so Obeng battled and won the ball back, but neither Long and Bartley could get clear shots away inside the crowded area. Another Shanley cross was headed out by Olly Williams, but the deadlock was broken with sixteen minutes played. Bartley played a weighted ball through to fid Matt Long with space in the box and he coolly slotted his shot across the keeper and into the far corner.
Lawrence lifted a free-kick into the box from in front of his team’s dug out, but Cichosz won it with a towering header and Cogenhoe broke quickly down the right. Long got past his man before sending over a dangerous cross that Staines had to turn over his own bar for a corner. Stone played it over and Inwood got up to get his head on it which started a scramble that ended when Cichosz could only send his volley wide from the corner of the box. Irchester were forced into making a change as early as the 22nd minute when Tobi Lawal limped off to be replaced by Kinsli Agyemang-Brimpong.
Cichosz took a clearance down brilliantly before sending a lofted pass out to the right for Duncan to make ground down the flank and cutting a great low ball across the six-yard box that was just asking to be turned in, but it continued on its way totally untouched. A rare moment of sloppiness at the back from the Cooks saw Daniel Smith given a great chance to level the scores, but he got his shot all wrong and it bobbled well wide of the far post. A let off for Cogenhoe, but they were soon two-up.
Ali Duncan showed great feet to make space for a cross out on the right and his pull back was met with a superb first-time finish by Jessi Obeng from twelve yards out, his low strike beating the keeper with pace just inside his near post to double the lead on 34 minutes with a debut goal.
A deep Stone free-kick was headed back from beyond the far post by Inwood and Cox struck it first time from the edge of the box, but it was cleared easily by The Romans defence, then Long was taken late by Lawrence out on the left, but Stone’s free-kick was punched away by Staines. Down the other end a great turn and shot by Faycal Yattara from thirty-yards out had Joe Evans struggling, but it was just over the bar and before the goal-kick could be taken Liam Stone was shown a yellow card for dissent.
Half-time; Cogenhoe United Res 2 Irchester United Res 0.
Irchester should have pulled one back very early in the second half as James Ball played over a great cross that Evans missed, leaving Agyemang-Brimpong only having to get a touch to score deep inside the six-yard box, but this was clearly going to be Cogenhoe’s day as the sub completely missed it. Agyemang-Brimpong then tried a shot from outside the box that he didn’t middle at all, but Daniel Bailey nipped in to take advantage, but only managed to poke the ball wide as Evans dived at his feet in the six-yard box.
Cogenhoe needed to kill this game off now after The Romans had upped the tempo and they did just that on 53 minutes. A superb free-kick delivered by Stone wide on the right was met with a bullet header by Jack Bartley that gave the keeper no chance at all and it was 3-0. The Cooks were back in the driving seat now and a great corner from Stone saw Inwood get his header on target from a yard beyond the far post, but it was too close to the keeper and he took it into his chest comfortably. Inwood was back defending moments later and he put Daniel Smith under enough pressure to make him slice his shot wide from the right side of the box.
The fourth goal came on the hour and it was well taken by Ali Duncan, thoroughly deserving his goal today. An awkward ball into the box was allowed to bounce and caused all sorts of problems for the defence and Duncan ran on to the ball inside the right of the area and placed a low first-time shot across the keeper and into the far corner.
The changes began after the goal with Will Rowland replacing the limping Joe Shanley soon afterwards. Irchester had the next chance but Agyemang-Brimpong could only put his volley wide of the near post, but play was soon down the bottom end again with Inwood’s clearing header being brought down well by Long, giving Bartley a shooting chance from twenty-yards, but his effort was a couple of feet wide.
Luke Telford replaced the injured Reece Sweeney and Ebrahim Mohammed came on for Liam Stone in quick succession, the latter making his senior debut for the club. Jacob Cox played the ball out wide for Obeng who cut back to play the it into the box where Bartley’s shot was blocked. Duncan picked up the ball and broke into the box on the right before setting up Long inside the six-yard box, but the striker could only turn the ball the wrong side of the post. This was Matt’s last action of the game as he came off to be replaced by Harry Southgate, with Duncan moving up top.
Brilliant play by Duncan saw him keep the ball in and run at his man before cutting inside and playing a low ball for Bartley inside the six-yard box, but the defender just managed to get his foot to the ball first. A drifting cross from Southgate saw Staines in trouble as Duncan jumped with him. The keeper clawed the ball out (may already have been over the line) and Obeng fired it home from close range, but the referee then blew for a foul against Duncan. Not convinced it was a foul and not just the keeper panicking, but these decisions usually go the way of the keeper in the modern game so no complaints from he reporter as the referee has to make a quick decision from the view he has.
Obeng kept possession well on the left and set up Cox for a shot from outside the box but it was over the top, while down the other end Evans seemed to juggle the ball outside the box, but the ref wasn’t close enough to see and the keeper got away with it. Bailey wasn’t so lucky though as his complaints saw him go into the book. The last chance of the game came from a well taken Southgate free-kick that saw Inwood jump to win the ball in the air, but his header was over the bar and Cogenhoe can be happy with a job well done and pole position in the table once more.
Lots of plusses for the Cooks today and a clean-sheet as well. Jessi Obeng’s debut was impressive and we will be seeing a lot more of this lad I’m sure, while Will Rowland and Ebrahim Mohammed both played their part after coming off the bench and with plenty of other youngsters knocking at the door it really does look like the future is bright for the club at this moment. Four well taken goals today and some great team moves throughout the game. I thought Patryk Cichosz did really well at centre-back while Jamie Inwood controlled the back four superbly and caused a threat from set-pieces at the other end. My man-of-the-match today goes to Liam Stone whose battling in midfield, passing and delivery from set-pieces were a constant thorn in the Romans side. Silly booking though and he needs to cut that out and let the football do the talking. Ali Duncan ran him a very close second though.
With the first team not being in action too often lately I have seen the reserves more than I usually would and have really enjoyed these matches. I’m hoping Craig and Ben can keep these youngsters coming through and from what I’ve seen we should up the business end of the table come April.
Midweek action comes from the first team and the Under 18s this week, with a trip to Daventry Town on Tuesday night in the UCL Premier Division followed by a home game against Wellingborough Town U18 on Thursday in the NSYL, both 7-45.
Cogenhoe United; 1. Joe Evans 2. Reece Sweeney (sub 16. Luke Telford 72) 3. Joe Shanley © (sub 12. Will Rowland 64) 4. Jamie Inwood 5. Patryk Cichosz 6. Liam Stone (sub 14. Ebrahim Mohammed 73) 7. Jacob Cox 8. Ali Duncan 9. Jack Bartley 10. Matt Long (sub 15. Liam Southgate 75) 11. Jessi Obeng. Sub not used; 17. Jordan Sweeney.
Irchester United; 1. Oliver Staines 2. James Murrey 3. Oliver Williams 4. Harry Lawrence 5, Chris Gell 6. Faycal Yattara 7. Daniel Smith 8. Daniel Bailey 9. James Ball 10. Chandler Reeves 11. Tobi Lawar. Subs used; 12. Hayden McGuckin 14. Kinsli Agyemang-Brimpong 15. Wiza Chunga. Sub not used; 16. Phil Lawrence.
Referee; Harry Lawrence.