Olney Town – 5
Winslow United – 2
Olney Town lifted the 2017 Buckingham Senior Charity Cup on May Day Monday with a win over Winslow United at Stratford Fields. Taking an early two goal lead looked to have put Town in the driving seat, but a United goal right on the stroke of half time gave The Elmfield Gate outfit hope for the second period, another Olney goal then looked to have settled the tie again, but Winslow won & converted a penalty with eleven minutes left, but before a grand finale could evolve two goals in as many minutes put the game to bed, and Olney lifted the trophy in front of a sizeable crowd.
The Nurserymen took the game to the Ploughmen from the off, and on five minutes ex-Winslow hot shot Drew Mitten got in behind and forced Owusu Boateng into an early save. Then a lofted ball into the United box saw Mitten and Boateng challenge each other with the striker firing over the crossbar.
On ten minutes Winslow had the ball in the back of the net when Joey Acheampong finished neatly from the edge of the box following a flick on, but the assistant referee had had his flag aloft long before the ball hit the net. Olney took the lead in the sixteenth minute when a simple through ball saw Nick Bines race clear of the United defence and fire home from twelve yards.
Olney continued to press and an in swinging corner almost went straight in but deflected away after grazing the goal frame, before a free kick saw Jordan Appleton beat Boateng to the ball but head over. The lead was then doubled on twenty four minutes when Drew Mitten cut in from the right and whilst initially losing possession he slid in to take the ball off a defender, with no one able to clear Appleton rifled into the roof of the net from six yards.
Gary Thurston then fired in a low cross from the right only to watch Nick Bines try a delicate back heel but could only steer into the waiting gloves of Boateng. Winslow threatened with a high ball up to Ben Baines who jumped along with Town keeper Josh Mcadoo and as both missed the ball and no other Winslow players in sight a defender had plenty of time to cover back and clear.
Baines then headed a cross straight at Mcadoo as Winslow got some football going and forced their way back into the game. Simon King dummied a clever run on the eighteen yard line before firing at goal, and was unfortunate to see his effort deflect off a team mate and go for a goal kick. As the half time oranges beckoned, the lead was halved when a right wing cross was met by Baines who beat his marker to nod home. H/T: 2-1
Joey Acheampong was in behind the Olney backline early in the second period but after slipping he managed to regain his footing before firing over. Olney scored moments later however the referee blew for a foul on Boateng in the build-up, but their third goal did arrive on fifty seven minutes when some good work out on the left from Drew Mitten saw him feed Rob MacDonald in front of goal who had time to control before despatching past Boateng.
Simon King blasted a fierce shot straight at Mcadoo as Winslow went in search of hope, but their hopes were further dashed when an injury to Owusu Boateng forced him off and substitute Tom Cleaver donned the green jersey for the remainder. A Simon King free kick was brilliantly tipped over by Mcadoo from right underneath his own crossbar, and a Tom Brindley cross was inches away from being converted by Grant Karwacinski.
Winslow’s pressure then paid off on seventy eight minutes, when a ball into the Olney area saw a huge appeal for handball and the referee pointed to the spot. United skipper Nick Farrow despatched the spot kick and Winslow had some hope of a late comeback.
As Winslow piled on the pressure, they were undone by a counter attack just two minutes after the goal. Losing possession the ball was sent upfield for Drew Mitten to run onto and he squared to Jordan Appleton who fired home. A minute later Olney were awarded a penalty of their own for a foul just inside the United box, Olney captain Sam Parrish took responsibility and duly despatched, and the game then petered out with the result done and dusted, although Tom Cleaver made a couple of outstanding saves for Winslow to deny any further scoring. F/T: 5-2
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