Guildford United 1 v 3 Sporting50
Guildford eyed-up a place in the County Cup Final for the first time in the club’s history, but first had to try and overcome a tough opposition in Sporting50.
A strong GUFC side, started off positively with balls played over the top of defenders into channels for the likes of Carpo, Bicknell and Dean to run on to. This caused Sporting’s defenders to turn uncomfortably as Guildford looked to play in the opposition’s half.
United had the first real chances of the game as Bicknell escaped the backline but had his attempt well-saved by the Sporting ‘keeper. This was closely followed by Bickers’ ball over the defence was met by Greg on the volley, but he couldn’t keep his effort below the crossbar.
Sporting began to grow into the game, with a dynamic midfield trio causing a host of problems. They had a great chance that was parried expertly by the on-rushing Mal to keep the match goalless.
With the first-half dying out, Guildford managed to get their breakthrough after some great build-up play, the ball ricocheted off of the defender and into Carpo’s path who touched and buried into the bottom-left corner from the edge of the box.
The Doots came out for the second half knowing that a clean sheet would see them through to the final in April. However, this was never going to be an easy task against such a strong side.
The second-half was ten minutes old when Sporting managed to pull themselves level, as Guildford dwindled on the ball and lost out to the opposing striker. The subsequent build-up play led to the Sporting midfielder having his first effort blocked, only for the ball to fall back into his path and curl into the top-corner.
With Sporting50 in the ascendancy, Mal once again saved superbly by making himself big and blocking a one-on-one attempt. After this save, Guildford started to regain their foothold, and were quickly counter-attacking, with a through-ball played to Greg who clearly got to the ball first with a sliding tackle and the on-rushing goalkeeper booting the exposed leg of Greg’s. However, the referee gave a foul to Sporting50 and a yellow card to the skipper, because of the nature of his ball-winning tackle. A debatable decision for certain, and Greg couldn’t carry on after being kicked.
Sporting50 took advantage of the confused GUFC who struggled to keep their composure. A simple long ball over the top was not dealt with by the defence, and the winger was allowed to run through on goal and provided a cool finish to take the lead.
With Guildford struggling to maintain discipline, Sporting took the game beyond United after a low cross was deflected, and prodded towards Mal who saved, but the ball fell to the forward who couldn’t miss from a yard out.
The game had escaped Guildford despite having two great chances through Vinnie and Carpo, but neither of them could find the net. A poor second half performance leaves the lads rueing their opportunity for a cup final.