FA Vase 2nd Qualifying Round
Friday the 13th September 2019
Match Day 9 Result : New Salamis 2 - 0 Tower Hamlets
Friday night football, but what a game for the masses. FA Vase 2nd Qualifying Round vs Essex Senior League Tower Hamlets. Tower Hamlets started very strong and had a lot of the ball, and very early on hit the crossbar from a fantastic shot by the number 9, that beat Tyler Forde in goal.
Whilst they started well, this just woke the reds into action. All of a sudden gaps started opening and we were getting more of the ball. We then won a free kick out on the left side of the area. Sean Johnson took the kick which smashed into the wall, it rebounded out to him, he dummied before chipping the ball to the far post into Irnti Rapai' feet. He cut inside and hit a low shot into the goal for 1-0 to Salamina.
The game was end to end and anything that was sent at the Reds, Luke Durning marshalling the defence and Andy Anastasiou repelled. When a shot did get past them Tyler stopped everything.
Half time 1-0 to Salamina
The second half saw Tower Hamlets re-shuffle and this gave Salamina more space. George Lutaaya and Deniz Mehmet now getting more space in attack. The game was pulling more towards the reds and we were in the ascendancy. Deniz was replaced by Josh Grantham and then Irnti was replaced by Courtney Austin.
It was not long before these two replacements made their mark on the game. The second and decisive goal came in the 73rd minute. Lee White took a throw on the left hand side and found Courtney's feet in the box, his delicate touch found Josh Grantham he took one touch and curled a magnificent shot around the defender and into the corner of the net 2-0.
Salamina saw out the last 20 minutes with comfort, Ryan Hervel marshalling his team, and anything that came at the defence was stopped, John Kyriacou have an inspired match.
Salamina into the First Round of the FA VASE coming through two Qualifying rounds. Monday's draw is highly anticipated.
Scorers : Irnti Rapai 1, Josh Grantham 1.
Team : Tyler Forde, John Kyriacou, Lee White, Ryan Hervel, Andy Anastasiou, Luke Durnin, Richard Georgiou, Sean Johnson. Irnti Rapai, Deniz Mehmet, George Lutaaya. Subs : Josh Grantham, Courtney Austin, George Atkinson, Antonio Michael, Jamie Smith, Xavier Plowright