Aston Clinton – 5
Mursley United – 0
For Aston Clinton this game was another routine win in the middle of their ridiculously busy schedule, whilst for Mursley United it was a heavy defeat to end their campaign. The first forty-five minutes saw Mursley enjoy their fair share of possession but fall behind to a Mitchell Collins strike on the quarter hour mark, however two quick fire goals after the break saw them broken down mentally & physically as Aston went on to dominate the remainder. United also had captain Adam Bone sent off for two yellow cards to compound their misery, although Clinton did only score once more after the skipper was sent from the field of play.
Mursley were first to threaten when Ryan Lee found player-manager Anthony Lands out on the right wing, he crossed into Kieron Roberts who first time effort flew past Clinton custodian Liam Smiths left hand post. Clinton first looked dangerous when a corner was pulled back by Joe Kittle into the path of Vinny Greco, but he drove wildly over the top. The next United attack saw the home defence clear to the edge of their box where Lee went for glory but off balance he could only help the ball spin away for a goal kick.
The hosts took the lead on fourteen minutes, when Mursley failed to clear their lines deep in their own half, Collins received the ball in space and was able to travel along the eighteen-yard line before slotting past United keeper Sam Jay into the bottom corner. Mursley retaliated immediately, a corner was swung into the back post where John Mullholland went up to challenge with Aston captain Alex McGowan, the ball half cleared to the edge of the area where Lee fired over his shoulder but wide.
On eighteen minutes the home side conceded possession again in their own half, Peter Macanaspie shrugged off the challenge before driving at & forcing Smith down to his right to save. A combination of Macanaspie & Lee then saw Mursley hit the post, the rebounded fell to Lee to shoot again but a defender in the six-yard box was handily placed to block then clear. Greco then fed in Chris Shennan at the other end with an inch perfect pass through the United backline, a great chance to double their lead but he pulled his shot across goal & wide of the back post.
Mursley hit back when Jamie Green tried a looping shot from twenty-five yards which Smith had to back pedal and jump underneath his own crossbar to tip over, before Bone tried his trademark free kick routine from distance, so often deadly this season but cleared the bar with ease this time. Aston then tried again with a cross from Collins which skidded across the box and whilst the keeper stood rooted Workman came sliding in; he was just inches away from connecting allowing Jay to stand his ground to gratefully accept the ball.
The last action of the half saw an in-swinging cross from the United right attract the attention of a sea of bodies in front of Smith, no one actually got anything on it and the keeper stood and watched the ball flash past him and away for a goal kick. H/T: 1-0
Just three minutes after the restart Workman was fed in front of goal but from six-yards he pulled his shot wide, before the striker took a free kick from twenty yards that Jay had to use both hands to push away for a corner. A long clearance from inside the Aston half then saw a great tussle on the edge of the Mursley box between Shennan and United defender Brett Harper, the Clinton front man got his shot away but straight into the gloves of Jay.
Luke Russell then fed in Workman out on the right, he cut into the area and as he lined up to shoot the ball hit a bobble resulting in his shot being high over the top. The roles were reversed moments later, Workman sent Russell away down the wing, as Jay came out to challenge the Mursley defender skipped round him, but Lee was on hand to get over & block the cross before the empty goal was endangered.
Then on sixty-six minutes the game changed in the favour of the home side, when a dubious goal decision left the away side furious. Collins fired a shot at goal from twenty-five yards out, the ball took a huge deflection off McGowan before looping over everyone including Jay and nestling in the back of the net, United claimed that there were bodies in front of the keeper that were surely offside, but the referee took the time to consult his assistant before signalling the goal stood.
Aston took control from this point, Collins robbed a defender inside the Mursley half and headed for goal, however some great defending saw him pushed out wide where Jay arrived to help and between them got the ball out for a corner. From the corner a glancing header saw the ball flash across goal where an initial shot was cleared off the line by Jordan MacDougall but the follow up was fired in by Alex Little.
A Crossman attack down the right saw him swing the ball over which eluded Jay but came back off the crossbar, following up McGowan fired straight into the gloves of Jay. Aston grabbed their fourth on seventy-seven minutes when Workman cut in from the Aston right and his cross cum shot was saved by Jay, the ball looped up nicely for the incoming Ryan Binnee to head into the empty goal.
With eight minutes left Bone was dismissed for his second bookable offence, before Binnee on the edge of the box pulled back for Michael Harper to shoot straight at Jay. Just a minute later came the goal of the game from man of the match Collins, receiving the ball just inside the United half he took a step forward before looking up and seeing Jay on the edge of his area, one delicate chip and the ball sailed over the keeper and underneath the crossbar.
There was still time for Jay to meet Workman on the attack to make a great tackle on the edge of his own box, before another cross from Collins was met by Harper but he never really connected and simply scuffed into Jay’s hands. The last action of the game saw Macanaspie thump a free kick high over Smith’s crossbar. F/T: 5-0
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