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FA Youth Cup 1st Qualifying Round

28 Sep 2016

Brentwood 2  Cheshunt 5  (Lopes 3 Bullock 2)

The Cheshunt team consisting of a squad selection from 4 of our youth teams all 18 or under met Brentwood last week in the FA Youth Cup away from home.  The evening started with a shock as the Ambers went behind to a goal in the first minute, and Brentwood then spent the next 20 minutes spraying passes around at will, switching play & generating a number of chances that a deep Ambers defence managed to scramble clear. Tiago Lopes settled Cheshunt nerves when he equalised with a 25 yard drive that gave the keeper no chance.  Alas Brentwood  immediately restored their lead before Cheshunt could settle, and it took until the final minute of the half to see the Ambers equalise when Harry Bullock drifted into a far post position to stab home from close range as a corner dropped to ground in the Brentwood box.

The second half saw the Ambers manager Tony Montague impress upon the team that closing down the Brentwood midfield would reduce the opportunity to pick their best pass. Now rushed into decisions Brentwood lost their composure & Cheshunt pushed forward forcing a penalty cooly despatched by Tiago Lopes. The Ambers defence were now able to play higher & support the midfield, closing everything down at source, restricting the home side to one single chance that was blazed over the bar.  Harry Bullock popped up again at the far post to deftly squeeze a header between post & keeper from a right wing cross & the Ambers were flying. George Smith bursting forward from midfield & Charlie Kerslake on the right were working hard to close & also supply the ammunition for the front men & it was no surprise that as Brentwood pushed forward in desperation the Ambers won another penalty as they attacked a depleted defence with pace.  Again Tiago Lopes calmly stepped forward & put the ball in the same place as last time to seal the victory.

 

The Ambers now face Dagenham & Redbridge in the next round on October 6th.

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