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18 December

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Perpetua Press Floodlit Cup

Chalvey Sports 1 Ascot United 3

Ascot United edged out plucky Chalvey Sports 3-1 in the Perpetua Press Floodlit Cup on Tuesday evening.

The game was a poor spectacle which started and ended well, but the hour-or-so in the middle was largely forgettable. Uhlsport Hellenic League Division 1 (East) outfit Sports battled well and gave a good account of themselves, but the Yellamen looked comfortable at the back even if they lacked finesse up front.

Ascot created the early chances through Harry Laflin (twice) and Luqman Kassim, whereas at the other end Jason Marney came close to connecting with Bryan Taylor’s cross and Chris Ellis comfortably headed off the line from Paul Cicero’s header.

Goalless at the break, the game needed life breathing into it – and it would come later when James Richardson entered the action – but before then it was fully twenty minutes before any notable action.

And, it was a goal – and again from Fabien Etienne, who swivelled and drilled through a crowd of players in the 66th minute for his second goal in two games.

Allen needed to be alert to beat away Marney’s stinging shot at the other end, but it was Richardson’s introduction with twenty minutes to go which proved pivotal. Firstly, he was involved in the build-up as Usman Lalustani glanced Elliot Carey’s excellent cross wide. Later, his drifting run ended with Geoff Kibaki feeding the ball to George Lock, and after Lock’s feet had been taken away from him in the penalty area, Jonny Denton converted the resultant spot-kick in the 88th minute.

Incredibly, the five minutes of added time yielded more clear-cut chances than had been created before.

Firstly, Ellis might have done better than head wide from Denton’s cross, before Cicero’s accurate volley through a crowd of players went in off the upright to cut the deficit in the fourth minute of added time to set up an unlikely finale.

However, Richardson had other ideas. From the restart, the young striker went through the gears, took three defenders and the ‘keeper out, before cutting the ball towards an empty net for Kibaki to apply the final touch.

The result extends Ascot’s winning sequence to seven, but tougher tests will lie ahead as they enter a crucial part of the season.

Ascot United: Allen, Lock, Denton, Carey, F Etienne, Ellis, Kibaki, Laflin (Carlisle), Kassim (Sullivan), Price (Richardson), Lalustani. Sub unused: Minhas


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