Maidenhead United

Maidenhead United

Last gasp penalty sees Wycombe snatch cup from Magpies

by Steve Jinman

An Olly Taylor penalty, deep into stoppage time, meant Wycombe snatched the County Cup away from the Magpies by the odd goal in five.

A flat second half suggested that, in a repeat of last year's final, a 2-2 draw after ninety minutes would lead to extra time, only for Matt Bloomfield to be upended in the Maidenhead penalty area seven minutes into stoppage time. Goalkeeper Steve Williams made a super effort to stop the spot kick but could only help the ball into the back of the net. With the final whistle blowing directly from the restart United lost their hold on the Berks & Bucks Cup which now returns to Wycombe after a five year gap. This dramatic end came at the end of a torpid second half that failed to live up to the first period which contained four goals and plenty of goal mouth incident.
With the wind at their backs the Magpies were in the ascendancy from the kick off, Mark Nisbet and Ashley Smith both going close to scoring in the opening five minutes. Then Wycombe struck twice against the run of play to race into a two goal lead by the ten minute mark.
Firstly Alan Bennett found Kieran Murtagh with a slide rule pass, Murtagh beating former Chairboy Williams with a cool finish. Then Taylor beat the offside trap before unselfishly squaring the ball to Bloomfield who finished to double Wanderers lead.
The Magpies soon shrugged off this double setback though with the dynamic running of Smith instigating a fightback which saw United level the score. Firstly Smith latched onto a weak back pass from Marvin McCoy and slotted a neat shot past goalkeeper Steve Arnold, Lee Barney helping the ball over the line to make sure of the goal. The some exquisite inter passing between Martel Powell and Barney set up Smith to score himself.
Both sides had a good chance to take the lead before the break, ex Magpie Jerome Federico passing up a great chance to score, then Arnold denying Barney by tipping his shot around the post.
The interval signalled the end of goalmouth excitement before Taylor scored from the penalty spot right at the death to win the Cup.

Magpies: Williams, Rose, Worsfold (HT La Taille), Cox (55 Nicholls), Saroya, Nisbet (68 Scarborough), Powell, Hendry, Louis, Barney, Smith.
Unused subs: Thomas, Clement.
Cautions: Saroya 21, Nisbet 37, Louis 50.
Goals: Barney 13, Smith 26.

Chairboys: Arnold, McCoy, Dunne, Montrose (79 Scowen), Bennett, Kiernan, Harris, Bloomfield, Taylor, Murtagh, Federico.
Unused subs: Ingram, Stewart, Graham.
Goals: Murtagh 7, Bloomfield 9, Taylor 90+7.

Attendance: 336.

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