GFA Challenge Trophy: Cirencester Development 2 Slimbridge 2 (Slimbridge won 3-2 on penalties)
1:00pm Thursday 26th September 2013 in Sport
SLIMBRIDGE went through to the next round of the GFA Challenge Trophy after beating Cirencester Development in a penalty shootout.
The Swans made a good start, with Aaron Nash just failing to connect with a great Jamie Martin cross after just four minutes.
After Adam Clatworthy in the home goal miskicked a clearance, and Martin was unable to take advantage, Cirencester broke and took the lead as Shane Humphrey slipped the ball past Dave Evans on 29 minutes. Slimbridge nearly hit straight back when Dominique Njoya and Nash combined to set up Martin, but he fired over with just Clatworthy to beat.
Martin and Jack Twyman then worked well to create another chance, this time for Alex Parrott, who saw his shot go too high, to leave Cirencester ahead at the break.
On 52 minutes, the Swans equalised, when Liam Harding’s shot from 18 yards went in off the post.
Seven minutes later, Ciren were ahead again, when Evans mis-timed a punch and Sam Collier was left with a simple tap in to make the score 2-1.
Slimbridge continued to press, and Twyman and Martin again went close, while Collier had a good chance for the hosts.
With five minutes remaining, an Adam Mace free kick was fired in at the far posrt by Njoya to send the game into penalties.
Freddy Ward, Harding and Tom Cole all converted their kicks, while Mace missed, but Evans’ two saves sent the Swans through.
Slimbridge: Evans, Hughes, Njoya, Sterling, Wellon, Harding, Twyman, Parrott, Martin, Nash, Mace Subs (All used) Cole, Fenner, Ward.
Star man: Jack Twyman
- Slimbridge entertain high-flying Street in the Western League Premier Division at Wisloe Road on Saturday (3pm).
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