Guildford City 3 Horley Town 3 (3-2 on penalties): Match Report

14/12/2016.  Guildford City v Horley Town. Surrey Senior Cup
14/12/2016. Guildford City v Horley Town. Surrey Senior Cup

Guildford City (0) 3, Horley Town (2) 3
(Guildford win 3-2 on penalties)
by Barry Underwood

An inspired substitution by manager Steve Dormer in the 90th minute of the match proved to be the difference between the two sides. Goalkeeper Luke Badiali stepped off the bench to brilliantly save three penalties to take Guildford through to a third round clash at Epsom & Ewell. Matches between Guildford City and Horley Town this season haven’t been short of goals. Indeed in two previous league meetings a total of 14 goals had been scored; the majority of them going into the City net! Therefore when the teams assembled again for this Surrey Senior Cup tie a goalless draw was considered highly unlikely. And so it proved in a highly entertaining match both teams fought out a high scoring match before finishing the evening in a tense penalty shoot-out. In the very first minute Mario Embalo had a great chance to open the scoring but a moment of hesitation led the ball being cleared for a corner. Minutes later in a suicidal moment the ball was lost in defence and Richard Wetton bore down on goal only to be thwarted by Matt Petts in the City goal. On 15 minutes Mario Embalo forced a diving save from George Hyde, whilst seconds later Hyde was lucky not to have incurred the wrath of the referee by clearly handling the ball outside of the penalty area. Embalo, not quite operating on full cylinders, delayed another shooting effort that was cleared, and on the half hour the same player toe-ended the ball past Hyde but also wide of the far post. It was therefore a little against the run of play that Horley opened the scoring. But what a goal it was! Horley’s new signing from Sheerwater Matt Fairbrother fired in a 30 yard screamer that gave Petts no chance. Not content with one spectacular effort Fairbrother stepped up again in the last minute of the half. Guildford had had a good shout for a penalty turned down, and the ball was quickly moved up field where Fairbrother fired home from fully 35 yards, again leaving Petts with no chance.

City could have been excused at the interval for wondering what had hit them; having missed several opportunities themselves and having conceded twice to quite remarkable efforts. However whatever Steve Dormer said at the break it worked as in 12 second half minutes the home side hit a real purple patch and scored three times. First exciting full-back Suleiman Djalo burst into the box on the right before rifling a shot home into the roof of the net from an acute angle. Guildford’s second goal on 56 minutes had a hint of controversy. This time it was Kiye Martin shooting from an angle. George Hyde half-saved the powerful effort and it appeared that he might have prevented the ball from entering the net. The assistant referee though had no doubt and immediately signalled that a goal had been scored. There was no doubt about the third goal. Leon Lalor-Dell crossed for the left and the ball fell to Kiye Martin who converted with aplomb from six yards. Within minutes City should have clinched the win when from a corner Dan Akinwande rose impressively but his header missed the post by inches. Having taken the lead City sat back a little and another long range effort, this time by Scott Robson, got Horley back into the game after 77 minutes. Would a late winner be scored? Leon Lalor-Dell saw a shot headed spectacularly off the line by Jack Poplett, and a minute from the end Kiye Martin got his body shape wrong and couldn’t direct his close range header onto the target. After an entertaining 90 minutes it came down to a penalty shoot-out. Luke Badiali had stepped off the bench and was to prove the hero. Leon Lalor-Dell, Darryl Siaw and Kiye Martin kept their nerve to score from the spot, whilst three times Badiali spectacularly saved from the spot, and it was City who deservedly progressed.

Team: Matt Petts (Luke Badiali 90), Suleiman Djalo, Alex Rose, Greg Haydon, Darryl Siaw, Dan Akinwande, Bobby Dormer, Kiye Martin, Mario Embalo (Jacob Lambe 46), Terence Cariba (Tom Booth 77), Leon Lalor-Dell.

Referee: Andrew Mawby