Sat 06
Stapenhill FC
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League
Greenwood Meadows FC
J Disney (56'), J Stevens (81'), H Austin (89')
Stapenhill 3 Greenwood 1

Stapenhill 3 Greenwood 1

By Wes Yardley
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10 man Stapenhill see off Greenwood Meadows


LATE goals from substitutes Jordan Stevens and Harry Austin saw Stapenhill eventually overcome a battling Greenwood Meadows side.

Earlier, Jamie Disney had given the Swans the lead before Wayne Brown levelled.

On a difficult surface, both teams struggled to put two passes together in the early stages.

But the Swans had the first chance when Danny Gilligan picked out Disney but the young striker shot wide.

The visiting keeper Adam Harrison raced out of his area and took out Tom Ellerton to earn himself a yellow card.

From the subsequent free kick, whipped in by Tom Liversage, Brent Upton fired over.

The visitors, belying their lowly league position, settled down with Kofi Hellewell and Patrick Brannigan combining to set up Ashley Cheetham, who fired just wide.

The first real chance of the game fell to Jordan Scott, whose lob beat Ben Gough but Gilligan headed off the line.

At the other end, Gilligan hit Tom Liversage down the left, with the midfield player crashing a low first-time volley across the six-yard box to Richard Perry, who put an ambitious overhead attempt wide.

Back came the visitors with Kaz Fawzi finding Brown, who released Stephen Dalton but the winger's shot was deflected for a corner.

From the corner, swung in by Dalton, Mark White drove over the bar.

On 32 minutes, White brought down Ellerton in the box but Harrison saved Liversage's spot kick.

Minutes later, Gough had to be at his best to deny Scott, who turned sharply in the box before sending a fierce volley towards the top corner but the keeper, at full stretch, tipped the ball over.

The Swans finished the half strongly, with Nathan Rolph picking out Alex Rowland down the left but the midfielder's dangerous cross just eluded the fast-closing Ellerton at the far post.

Disney then had a couple of decent chances but drove the first one over and headed the second one wide.

On the restart, the visitors were quickly into their stride with Scott teeing up Cheetham who drove over, Dalton firing just wide and Brown failing to trouble Gough.

The Swans responded well with Liversage laying the ball off to Disney who scuffed his shot over.

On 56 minutes, Ellerton went down again in the box, this time after a challenge from Hellewell.

Disney slammed the spot kick past Harrison.

The visitors responded immediately with Dalton hitting the ball against Gilligan and despite strong protests from the defender, referee Steven Thomson awarded a penalty and booked Gilligan.

Karl Darikwa took the spot kick but couldn't beat Gough, who got down well to keep the ball out.

But the visitors kept going and got their reward a couple of minutes later.

A spell of pressure saw the ball pinball in the box with a couple of shots blocked before Brown pounced to slam the loose ball into the net.

On 67 minutes, Gilligan was sent off in controversial circumstances.

With a Greenwood player on the ground injured, a visiting player put the ball out of play.

When play resumed, the referee expected Gilligan to throw the ball back to their keeper. Instead, Gilligan threw the ball to a Swans player.

That earned Gilligan a second yellow card for unsportsmanlike behaviour and sent him off.

With 23 minutes to go, the 10 men, enraged by this apparent injustice, set about the visitors with a vengeance.

Austin hit a wicked, swerving shot that forced Harrison into a terrific save, while Liversage hit a raking diagonal ball to Upton down the right and the winger's cross was blazed wide by Carvell.

On 81 minutes, the Swans were back in front. Stevens worked his way in from the left and unleashed an unstoppable right-foot drive that flew into the top corner past a helpless Harrison.

The Swans should have had another moments later when Stevens picked out Austin who hit Ellerton but the striker blazed over.

The visitors too had a decent chance when Macalany Barber's shot was tipped round the post by Gough.

But a goal a minute from time sealed victory for the Swans.

Austin and Ellerton combined well, with Austin smashing the striker's cross into the bottom corner to register his first goal for the Swans.

Well into added time, Ellerton volleyed wide from a promising position.

STAPENHILL 3

GREENWOOD MEADOWS 1

GOALS: Disney (pen) 56, Stevens 81, Austin 89 (Swans). Brown 61 (Greenwood Meadows).

BOOKINGS: Gilligan, Disney (Swans). Harrison, Brannigan (Greenwood).

SENDINGS OFF: Gilligan (second yellow, Swans).

SWANS: Gough, Gilligan, Rolph, Carvell, Dennahy, Perry, Rowland (Stevens 71) (Easton 90)), Liversage, Disney (Austin 58), Ellerton, Upton. Other sub: Furniss.

GREENWOOD MEADOWS: Harrison, Hellewell (Hunt 88), Fawzi, Edwards, White (McKen 83), Cheetham, Brown, Brannigan, Scott, Darikwa (Barber 77), Dalton.

SWANS STAR MAN: Tom Ellerton - a real handful up front with his usual high-energy performance.

REFEREE: S Thomson (Buxton).

ATTENDANCE: 41.

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Match details

Match date

Sat 06, Dec 2014

Kickoff

15:00

Attendance

46

Competition

Premier Division
Tom Ellerton

Star Player

Tom Ellerton