Oldland Abbotonians 1-1 Yate Town (Yate win 2-4 on Pens)
Yate make progress in Roger Stone Memorial Cup
In a tight opening quarter, played at a frenetic pace, both sides looked useful going forward without testing either keeper, and Oldland going closest from a decent free-kick that flew past the post. On 22 minutes, Gianni Porcara, who was finding pockets of space in midfield, slipped a great pass inside the left back for Joe Shutt to race onto. His drilled finish arrowed low into the bottom corner to put Yate 1-0 up.
A deep cross from the right found the head of Oldland’s dangerous centre forward inside the 6 yard box. The ball came back off the post into the grateful hands of Mason Hawkins and shortly after, he unfortunately spilled a free-kick whipped in with pace. The O’s player following in managed to scoop the chance wide of the post. Yate had one or two half-chances but it could be argued that Oldland’s opportunities were more clear-cut.
Oldland started the second period brightly, and only a timely defensive tackle prevented their centre forward netting the equaliser. Yate stepped up their game on the back of this, and after good work by Shutt on the right, Luke Henderson’s shot was parried well by the O’s keeper. After another build-up down the same flank, Henderson beautifully cushioned a header down for Porcara to fire narrowly wide.
O’s crashed a shot from distance off the bar, and their striker was unlucky as he snatched at the rebound but could not find the target. Alfie Walker surged down the right and delivered a wicked cross into the danger area for Shutt to flick it goalwards and bring out a fine reaction save.
Late on, Oldland built down their right, cut the ball back from the bye line into the area and a measured finish was swept into the top right hand corner, for a justified leveller that took the game to penalties.
Oldland’s first spot-kick cannoned off the ball after Yate had opened the shootout well. Five impeccable penalties later, all despatched into the bottom right corner, led to Oldland’s fourth attempt, which was blazed over and Yate had progressed after a well-contested cup-tie on the all-weather surface of GFA HQ at Oaklands Park.
PENS (Oldland 2-4 Yate)