Guildford City (2) 2, Raynes Park Vale (0) 1
by Barry Underwood
Guildford City advanced to the semi-final stage of the Surrey Senior Cup for the first time in their history at the Spectrum last night. In an entertaining encounter the home side made heavy weather of claiming victory. Having dominated the first half City should have put the game to bed by the interval. The fact that they didn’t nearly came to haunt them, as Vale pushed forward late in the game trying to rescue the game. Guildford couldn’t have made a better start when after just 25 seconds Darryl Siaw cut in from the left and despite Tony Davies’s best efforts there was enough power in his shot to take the ball into the net. Vale played some good football and put pressure on the home defence with a succession of crosses and corners into the box. The first real chance for the visitors fell to Billy Murphy who volleyed over from close range on 17 minutes. Five minutes later City took a two goal lead. Big Alpha Cauwenbergh was adjudged to have been brought down in the box and Kiye Martin stepped up to convert the spot kick. In a period of sustained pressure City twice went close. Firstly Nemo Adams looping header was saved for a corner by Davies, and from the corner Dan Akinwande’s header was cleared off the line. Just prior to the interval there was another spate of goalmouth action. An excellent Akinwande cross was volleyed by Darryl Siaw straight into Davies’s midriff, while at the other end Shane McEntaggart lifted a good opportunity over the crossbar. Seconds before the half-time whistle City had the opportunity of going in three goals to the good. Alpha Cauwenbergh was again fouled as he entered the box – a decision given by the assistant – and Cauwenbergh felt confident enough to take the ball out of Kiye Martin’s hands. Sadly for the big striker his effort from the spot was underhit and Tony Davies made a comfortable save.
The second half was a more disappointing affair. City was restricted to set pieces and Nemo Adams and Kiye Martin both saw free-kicks comfortably clear the crossbar. As the game wore towards its conclusion City became edgy and it was no real surprise when Billy Murphy reduced the arrears with ten minutes remaining. Lifted by their lifeline Vale streamed forward and the City backline had to be at their best. The visitors went down to ten men with five minutes remaining when Chris Nero was dismissed for deliberate handball. When Guildford did win the ball they broke forward quickly but composure was often lacking and the chance of a breakaway goal was lost. In stoppage time a good run and shot from Robbie Mundow went just wide, and Tom Booth unleashed an effort from 40 yards that Davies saved comfortably. Right at the death Billy Murphy lifted a shot over the crossbar and the last chance had gone. The whistle blew and City’s Surrey Senior Cup run goes on.
Team: Kallum Lunn, Tom Booth, Darryl Siaw, Lewis Leonetti, Nemo Adams (David Koduah 62), Greg Haydon, Robbie Mundow, Dan Akinwande, Alpha Cauwenbergh (Tom Bingham 70), Kiye Martin, Evander Lopes (Joel Lumeya 78).
Referee: Shelby Elson
Attendance – 56