Guildford City (1) 2, Colliers Wood United (1) 2
Colliers Wood United won 5-3 on penalties
by Barry Underwood
Full credit to both sides for playing out an entertaining Surrey Senior Cup tie at the Spectrum in the strong windy conditions caused by Storm Brian. At the end of 90 minutes with chances, great saves and shots hitting the woodwork at both ends the teams couldn’t be separated, and it was Colliers Wood who held their nerve longest to win the resulting penalty shoot-out. Thus Guildford City’s interest in cup competitions has sadly come to an end this season. Disappointing as that is, Guildford must now look to the league where they are still handily placed in the table. Within a minute of the game’s start City were forced into a substitution. Tom Booth was the victim of a poor challenge and limped off to be replaced by Endrit Dobraj. The change however didn’t stop City going forward in impressive fashion, and they very nearly took the lead after five minutes. Jordan Gallagher picked the ball up wide out on the right and his swirling cross cleared United keeper Jack Minchin and hit the crossbar. On 12 minutes Dan Stewart, who was leading the line in place of the suspended Kieran Campbell, reached the by-line from where his cross found Nathaniel Williams whose effort was blocked. The visitors had a good chance just minutes later when full-back Jake Hill found himself in an advanced position, but he saw his effort clear the crossbar. It was a good opening for the home side. The impressive Kiye Martin was at the heart of most of City’s good moves. On 16 minutes his 25 yarder forced a good save out of Minchin, who also smothered Nathaniel Williams’s effort from the rebound. Moments later a delicate pass from Dan Stewart gave Martin a shooting chance but with his unfavoured foot his effort skewed across goal. Then a little against the run of play the visitors took the lead when Mario Embalo timed his run well to bear down on goal where he had the composure to lob the ball over the advancing Ziobrowski and into the net. Playing with the considerable wind at their backs City still went forward. Dan Stewart had a shot saved before on 26 minutes the home side forced the equaliser. Kiye Martin displayed fine skill on the right before driving a low cross into the box where a defender turned the ball into his own net under pressure from the lurking Dan Stewart. City looked dangerous offensively and on the half hour Chris Tancock set up Kiye Martin for another effort from outside the box. This time Minchin saved acrobatically tipping the ball over via the crossbar. Three minutes before the interval City took the lead, and the goal came with the considerable assistance of the wind with Dan Stewart’s corner curling directly into the far top corner. That wasn’t the end of the first-half action. Colliers Wood had a golden chance to draw level when Chris Tancock was adjudged to have brought down Embalo. William Efambe stepped up to take the spot-kick but Kornel Ziobrowski guessed correctly to make a fine save.
The second period was a different affair with Guildford finding it much harder to make headway. Colliers Wood enjoyed a considerable territorial advantage for much of the half, with Theo Woodhouse and Moses Kaddu dominating the midfield exchanges. For City Dan Stewart did see an early effort whistle inches wide, whilst on 54 minutes it seemed inevitable that the visitors would score. First a low shot hit the post but Kornel Ziobrowski twice dived bravely at opponents feet to thwart efforts from the rebound. Guildford’s best efforts came on the counter attack with both Kiye Martin and Nathaniel Williams shooting wide. On 75 minutes the hardworking David Opuku set up Jordan Gallagher whose powerful effort was well saved by Minchin. Three minutes later Colliers Wood drew level which came as no real surprise. A curling cross came across the box and Reanu Grossett did well to volley home at the back post. With penalty kicks looming both sides went for the win. Nemo Adams couldn’t make the most of a loose ball in the box following a corner, and Mario Embalo saw a good chance deflected wide for the visitors. In the final moments Jordan Gallagher went down in the box but Luis Nunes who enjoyed a fine game waved play on. And so the match moved to spot kicks. Colliers Wood gave an impeccable display from the spot scoring all five kicks, as initially did City until the unfortunate Opuku’s shot was saved.
Team: Kornel Ziobrowski, Chris Tancock, Tom Booth (Endrit Dobraj 2), David Burton, Nemo Adams, David Opoku, Nathaniel Williams, Robbie Mundow, Dan Stewart, Jordan Gallagher, Kiye Martin. Unused subs: Shaun Johnson, Shawn Masterson, Nhoj Witter.
Referee: Luis Nunes
Attendance – 56