Bar cruised to a 3-1 victory against relegation strugglers Corinthian Casuals, but an early injury to Corinthian’s goalkeeper certainly helped to swing the tie in Bar’s favour.
Sach nearly got Bar off to the perfect start from the kickoff as he raced in on goal, but he was unable to find the pass to Kyei on the other side of the goal to put Bar in front.
There was a moment of concern for just 6 minutes on the clock, as a strange off the ball event saw ‘keeper Ugradar stretchered off for a lower leg injury. The ball was not even in play when Ugradar went down with his injury, making it impossible to decipher what actually happened to the ‘keeper.
He was replaced by Checklit in goal, an outfield player. This threatened to leave Corinthian in danger without their first team goalkeeper.
With 18 minutes played Checklit was called into action, as he saved Sach’s volley, as the Scholars managed to lob the ball over the Corinthian defence to Sach.
Bar took the lead just a minute later, as Morgan held off several Corinthian challenges and slid a pass into Ward-Cochrane, who spun his man and converted to give Bar the lead.
4 minutes later Ward-Cochrane doubled his tally, as Morgan headed down to Ward-Cochrane, who rounded Checklit and passed the ball into the empty net.
Corinthian had a golden opportunity to get back into the tie, as a shot from Adelakun was controlled, but two players ran into each other from Corinthian, making the final shot a poor one with Constable already committed and unlikely to save it.
There was nearly an error from Constable, as he dropped the ball on his goal line, but had a touch of fortune as no Corinthian player was able to follow up on his error, meaning he was able to dive on it just before it rolled over line.
A wind assisted cross from Cole looped over Checklit and onto the bar. The wind was influential in turning the resulting corner into a shot, as Checklit palmed it to safety.
Half time saw Bar lead 2-0 under somewhat unfortunate circumstances. The unusual nature of the injury to Ugradar set the tone for what was a strange half of football that saw Bar make defensive errors, that only seemed to lead to errors from Corinthian going forwards.
At that stage however the Scholars led, and were keeping a clean sheet, which is arguably more important than the quality of the performance.
Ward-Cochrane had the opportunity to start the half by grabbing his hat-trick, but he blazed the ball over the bar following a through ball that played him in on goal on the right.
That didn’t stop him though, as he showed his resilience to beat Checklit to the ball and calmly tuck the ball home, confirming the hat-trick.
An uneventful few minutes followed, as Bar maintained their 3-goal lead into the final 15 minutes if the tie.
Barker picked the ball up with 13 minutes to play, and fired a shot towards goal, producing a smart stop from Checklit.
Pinney beat Constable to the ball late on and headed in. It was merely a consolation goal with two minutes to play but it robbed Bar of a clean sheet.
Full time gave the Scholars all three points, as O’Leary and his players were able to celebrate a comprehensive victory over Corinthian Casuals courtesy of a hat-trick from Ward-Cochrane.