Oaks 'Seize The Day' in Cup Quarter Final
Solid win over League 'A' leaders puts Oakwood U13's through to the Tandridge League Cup Semi's
In unusual circumstances, having a late afternoon kick-off for this League Cup Quarter Final, the day didn't look to be getting off to a good start with two accidents en route causing a delayed arrival for the team and delayed the start, with some players only having time for a quick jog/stretch for a warm-up.
Playing the top of League 'A' Carpe Diem, a team with a 100% record in both league and cups, coupled with the less-than-perfect preparations could have understandably affected the early performance but nothing, even playing in to a strong, cold head wind, looked to have affected the Oaks and Kaiden Hummerston soon put the Oaks ahead with just 5 minutes on the clock.
As the game settled down, both teams looked to play a good passing style of football and Carpe Diem found an equaliser with a sweeping counter attack that beat the offside trap just before the 20 minute mark.
Chances kept coming for both sides and some fine defending, notably from Finlay Sturgeon, and goalkeeping from George Edgley kept the Carpe Diem forwards at bay. Similarly at the other end meant the scores were level at half-time.
After picking up an injury late in the first half, Riley Snook took the unselfish and mature decision himself to be substituted for the start of the second half.
It didn't take long for Oakwood to restore their lead with another goal from Kaiden Hummerston but a few minutes lack of concentration saw Carpe Diem score two quick goals to take the lead in the tie for the first time. It could have been the catalyst for heads to drop but that was not the case and James Archard got the game back to 3-3 almost immediately.
The game's crucial moment came shortly after in the 50th minute, when Carpe Diem were awarded a soft-looking penalty for handball, with the ball striking Finlay Sturgeon's arm by the side of his body which was not raised or appear to be in an unnatural position.
But George Edgley came to the fore and with supreme confidence threw himself to his right to excellently push away the ball for a corner. You could have been excused for thinking the following celebrations by all the players marked a win at the end of the match!
From then on, the Oaks kept the pressure and flow of the game on Carpe Diem's goal and they took a 4-3 lead through Liam Jones that they didn't look like surrendering and, indeed, extended their advantage and saw out the game 5-3 with the same player on target again.
As Oakwood now look forward to a League Cup Semi-Final at home in two weeks time against East Grinstead Town, we wish Carpe Diem all the best for the rest of the season.