Sun 25
FC Romania
1st Team
A Hurdubei (14'), (59'), L Neuruba (88')
O Akinsanya (58'), (77'), T Boxer (89')
FC Romania 3 Ware 3

FC Romania 3 Ware 3

By Stephen King
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Ware survive to fight another day as once again they have to stage a come back.

The absence of Liam Hope brought Tobi Adekunle back into a starting place but the surprise was to see Calum Kitscha back in goal after his faster than expected return from injury.

Speaking before the match Kitscha hoped that Ware would get an early goal and be able to push on from there rather than be left to come back from a goal down as in their two previous games. Well that hope didn't last long.

Was it the heat or a first game on grass? Something must be to blame but this was a lack lustre performance by Ware. The opening fifteen minutes were ruled by the home side who were controlling the ball and laying passes all over the pitch leaving Ware to turn first one way then the other in attempts to get to grips with the opposition. Add to that the ball skills of Joshua Williams and Ware seemed to be in constant danger of conceding.

And so they did. After 14 minutes Adrian Hurdubei seized on a loose ball ten yards inside of the half, wide on Ware's right. The number seven then took the pall past a static defence and into the Ware area before shooting into Kitscha's top corner. It was a great goal but it served to wake up the visitors who started to put more into their game from that point on.

Ware soon had two corners on the trot but nothing came of them and they continued to misplace passes or try long balls into the area that were meat and drink to the home defence. Meanwhile FC Romania continued to find openings and with ten minutes to the break Williams was set up far too easily by a ball through the Ware defence but shot wide.

Ware finished the half with something to raise their hopes for the second period when a good build up led to Jason Brown shooting low and bringing a save out of Adrian Darabant at the expense of a corner.

They certainly came out after the break looking more determined. Playing wide and keeping the ball low they had some hints of success not least when Louis Rose hit a post and Leigh Rose's shot from the rebound was cleared off the line. It came good on 58 minutes after a corner to Ware and a goalmouth scramble ended with Olu Akinsanya shooting home from no more than a yard out.

Any thoughts that Ware might go on to take control lasted less than a minute when Hurdubei was allowed too much space to turn and shoot past Kitscha for his and his team's second goal. This took the steam out of Ware and Williams was at it again opening up their defence before shooting wide.

Ware brought on Jordon Watson and then Kardan Campbell to liven things up and it had some success when Harry Norman's cross was hit home by Akinsanya with 13 minutes to go. It seemed to have had a positive effect when a minute later Patrick Adamson's cross was met by Andrew Bennett but his shot went over the bar.

Instead it was FC Romania who came good in the last few moments suddenly turning the corner count in their favour before Ware eventually broke free and Norman's cross was inches away from Akinsanya.

It seemed that all was settled in the 88th minute when Lawrence Neuruba was played in and his shot, seemingly covered by Kitscha, squirmed under the keeper's body and into the net. But if FC Romania could score within a minute of conceding so could Ware and another scramble in the six yard area eventually led to the ball falling to Tom Boxer. His strong strike off the cross bar found the net and enabled Ware to breathe again.

The replay is set for Tuesday, September 3rd but the two teams will meet again on this Tuesday for a league game under the lights at Wodson Park.

Ware: Calum Kitscha, Harry Norman, Patrick Adamson, Tom Boxer, Gareth Madden, Louis Rose, Jason Brown (Kardan Campbell 74mins), Leigh Rose (Jordon Watson 70mins), Olu Akinsanya, Tobi Adekunle (Andrew Bennett 53mins), Tom Bruno. Unused subs: Dajour Buffonge, Williams Danquah, Charlie Crowley, Harry Watkins.

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Sun 25, Aug 2019






The Emirates FA Cup 19-20