Aylesbury United – 4
Molesey – 3
Aylesbury FC supporters went through the full range of emotions on Saturday in this FA Trophy battle of the Moles, comfortable at half time with a two-goal cushion but then pegged back by two goal in as many minutes early in the second period, then relief again as the two-goal cushion was restored but a late Molesey third then saw the remaining minutes played out with the ball in the Aylesbury penalty area and a succession of blocks and challenges that had their nerves on edge until the final whistle eventually confirmed their passage into the next round.
Within the first minute Shayne Almond warmed visiting keeper Liam Allan hands with an early drive that saw the shot stopper having to use two hands to push the ball over his crossbar. Jeanmal Prosper then threaded a perfect pass through the visiting defence for Shayne Almond to latch onto and fire narrowly wide.
Aylesbury took the lead on fourteen minutes through Ty Deacon, a diagonal ball across the Molesey penalty area found Deacon at the back post who slotted home despite the appeals of the away side for offside. Brian Haule then went close curling over the top from the edge of the area, and as Aylesbury played the better passing moves they went close again when a three man move resulted in Almond firing over.
Allan then kept the scoreline down when another good move saw Prosper cut down the Aylesbury left and drill the ball across the area, a defender in an attempt to block stopped the ball but lost his balance, Almond pounced on the loose ball feeding in Deacon who saw his shot brilliantly saved by Allan.
They did then double their lead on twenty-nine minutes, Brian Haule worked hard with the ball sandwiched between two defenders; he managed to hold them off and flick the ball through to Deacon who got down the right and from the tightest of angles crossed the ball only for it to loop over the keeper and inside the back post.
Almond got down the left wing again and squared across the area to Deacon who laid off to Prosper who drove straight into the keepers’ gloves. Everything Molesey tried simply wasn’t working, either the final ball wasn’t good enough or Aylesbury defenders got blocks in to deny their visitor’s any chance of getting a goal back. Josh Andrew tried his luck from twenty yards only for a defender to throw himself at the ball to divert for a corner being one such instance.
Six minutes before the break some good movement from Molesey presented Manny Quarshie with an opportunity on the left hand side of the box but he smashed the ball over the fence & into next week, and this was closely followed by Antonio Simeone who drove wide from twenty yards out. H/T: 2-0
Molesey came out for the second period and took the game to their hosts, Simeone arrowing an effort inches over the bar from the corner of the area, and Shayne Almond had the first chance for Aylesbury curling a shot just past the back post.
On fifty-eight minutes Molesey were given a lifeline when a trip on the edge of the box saw them awarded a penalty. Simeone stepped up and gave Aylesbury keeper Ashley Jenkins no chance from the spot. Within a minute the tie was level when substitute Ashby Charles crossed from the wing, and with no immediate danger a defender blocked the ball but then slipped, and on hand to steal the ball was Olu Akinsanya who thumped into the top corner.
Just as Molesey got themselves back in the game, Aylesbury fought back and we ahead again within five minutes, from a corner the ball fell to Jordan Jenkins at the far post and from close range he smashed home.
Three minutes later and Aylesbury had their two-goal lead restored when Almond fired home despite the close attention of several blue shirts, when fed in around the six yard line he made no mistake firing inside the near post.
With fifteen minutes left to play Molesey almost grabbed a third when a cross was met at full stretch by Quarshie who headed a couple of yards over the crossbar. As the game seemed to be petering out to a close, Molesey grabbed a lifeline with a minute left, a simple ball up into the Aylesbury box saw Ashby Charles acrobatically jump at the ball and hook over his own shoulder, and over Jenkins head and in.
As the clock ticked into the final minute, the referee indicated a further five minutes would be played, which led to the expected Molesey onslaught, they threw everything at Aylesbury, high balls were slung in, bodies thrown at any sight of a loose ball, but credit to the home side who withstood five minutes of pressure to secure the win. F/T: 4-3
After the game Sports Shots spoke to coach Ryan Wiffin:
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