O'Neils Tournament Match Summaries
Post by KOB - 31-07-2017, 09:39
O’NEILS TOURNAMENT at FARNBOROUGH
Saturday 29th & Sunday 30th July ’17
by our roving reporter, David Graham
Two of the local Non League teams took part in the Farnborough FC tournament and both had mixed fortunes.
Farnborough 5 Hartley Wintney 0
Hartley were good in parts of the match but were undone by clinical finishing and hesitant defending. Former Camberley striker, Perry Coles, scored twice in the first half and the Boro scored three more unopposed goals in the second half.
Basingstoke Town 6 Fleet Town 1
Similar to the opening match, Fleet Town enjoyed good periods of play against ‘stoke. However Basingstoke converted the chances that came their way to record a resounding victory.
Fleet opened the scoring in the opening minutes but the Town soon recovered and led 3-1 at the break. In the second half, the Dragons scored three more unopposed goals. Basingstoke scorers were Ben Wright (3), Charlie Kennedy (2) and a single from Charlie McCann.
Third/Fourth Place match
Hartley Wintney 2 Fleet Town 2 (Hartley won on penalties 4-3)
Hartley had four new faces in the line up and toiled throughout the opening 45 minutes. Fleet dominated and took the lead with a powerful shot from 20 yards by defender Adam Nditi on 17 minutes. Kyle Martin added a second after 32 minutes following some good interplay on the edge of the box. The nearest the Row came was a good shot from early substitute, youngster Jayden Englefield, which was saved by the ‘keeper. On 41 minutes things got worse for Hartley when Sam Argent went off injured.
Hartley improved after the break and 17 year old Jayden Englefield created chances with good skilful runs down the right wing. Luke Perkins came close on 55 minutes after an error by the Fleet keeper. Then Jayden Englefield shot over from a good cross by Luke Perkins. The Row remained on top and reduced the arrears on 78 minutes. Adam New was pulled down in the penalty box and Joe Paris converted the spot kick. Three minutes later Hartley equalised when the Fleet goalkeeper was unable to grasp a high cross. Liam Eagle forced the ball across the goal and Adam New scored from close range. The Row almost snatched victory when a Steve Noakes header came off the crossbar.
Hartley went behind in the penalty shoot out before recovering to win 4-3. It was left to Jayden Englefield to score with the decisive penalty.
O’Neil Cup Final:
Farnborough 6 Basingstoke Town 0
The Final proved to be a complete anti-climax, with Boro’ winning easily the O’Neil Cup.
Basingstoke Town rested virtually all the players involved in the semi final and fielded a very youthful side. Boro’ dominated the first half and led through two goals from former Reading striker Jamie Cureton; both goals set up by Perry Coles. Basingstoke Town keeper, Collom McCadden, was in virtually permanent action and pulled off several fine saves. The nearest ‘stoke came to scoring was a far post header from Jordan Goater which hit the inside of the post.
The second half continued in much the same vane and only some last ditch tackles, plus good goalkeeping, kept the score down. Boro' scored four more times including two from defender Jack Smith.
Speaking after the game, Hartley Wintney co-manager Daniel Brownlie said ‘It was good to play against both Farnborough and Fleet Town who are a decent side. This gives us a level of play we must aspire to and we must continue to improve.
'It was pleasing that the team spirit is still there to recover from 2-0 down. We are hopeful Sam Argent will be fit for our opening match in two weeks time.'