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21 Sep 2019


Cheshunt’s FA Cup adventure came to an end on a gorgeous afternoon at the Gallagher Stadium as goals from Matt McClure, Ibby Akanbi, Iffy Allen and Noah Chesmain saw Maidstone run out 4-1 winners, with Mo Camara notching for the Ambers.

The teams walked out at the Gallagher, greeted by a huge roar from the Cheshunt supporters, who out-sung their Maidstone counterparts pretty much all game. The game got underway and straight away, ‘The Stones’ were on the front foot and won a corner, after Diallo turned the ball behind. From the resulting corner, Matt McClure rose highest to head the hosts ahead after just four minutes (1-0 4mins). The visitors then responded with Freddy Moncur getting in space and arrow in an effort just over the Maidstone goal. The hosts then went up the other end, and Iffy Allen, who was terrorising the back line in the opening stages, knocked the ball down to Ibby Akanbi who clipped the ball past a Harry Girling in the Cheshunt goal. (2-0 12 mins). Akanbi was threatening constantly and he was inches away from making it three, clipping the top of the Cheshunt bar after he won the ball just inside the Ambers half. It was late in the half before the Ambers fashioned a real goal scoring chance, with Joe Re taking aim and hitting a effort really well which was a inch over the Maidstone bar.

HT – Stones 2-0 Cheshunt


The second half started and the Ambers came out firing, 5 minutes after the restart, Mo Camara received the ball in midfield and he surged forward well into the Maidstone half, he unleashed his effort and after a slight deflection, the ball found its way into the corner to send the Cheshunt fans into ecstasy as they were back in the game! (2-1 51 mins). The hosts responded by finding Akanbi at the far post but his effort was clipped over the bar. Some excellent work by Ola Williams saw Cheshunt progress down the left, the ball eventually found Joe Re on the edge and his acrobatic effort went just over the bar. Just as Cheshunt were getting back into the game, a defensive mix up at the back between Diallo and Girling allowed Wishart to cross for Allen to tap home to restore the two goal cushion. (3-1 60 mins). The visitors then pulled further ahead four minutes later when Noah Chessmain fired a fierce effort from 30 yards that beat Girling and made it four. (4-1 64 mins). The game then slowed down as the stones were happy to have it at walking pace, Jake Emberey was on the hunt for a 5th, but his effort was palmed wide by Girling.

The game was then brought to a halt by the referee as the Cheshunt FA Cup dream ended, applauded off the pitch by the fantastic support from the stands, and there are some very valuable lessons taught to the Ambers in the cup defeat. (FC)

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