TEN MAN STAGS TURN ON THE STYLE
AFC Totton 4 AFC Portchester 1
AFC Totton are through to the 3rd round of the Hampshire Senior Cup after a terrific 2nd half display saw them run out comfortable winners against a useful AFC Portchester outfit.
Manager Louis Langdown made five changes to the side that won 3-2 at Bristol Manor Farm on Saturday. In came Ollie Bradley, Matt Hartmann, Gowan Stares, Will Archer and Mitchell Byrne.
Richard Bakary and Robin Nicholls dropped to the bench, alongside Liam Farrugia, Silvano Obeng and Adam McWilliam.
Tonight’s result was made all the more enjoyable because the Stags were left to play over half of the game with 10 men due to Will Archer being shown a 2nd yellow card after he pulled down Nathan Paxton on 40 minutes.
In a very entertaining 1st half the Stags took the lead when Craig FEENEY latched onto a long kick downfield by their keeper Alex Cull, Feeney got clear down the right and he entered the box and from a tight angle he fired past Portchester keeper Brad Snelling, sending the ball into the far side of the net.
Within three minutes the visitors were level when Brad Norton swept home close in from Michael Turvey’s cross. To be fair to Portchester they looked decent going forward and they caused the Stags a few anxious moments during the opening period. With a few dangerous crosses coming into the Totton box without anybody on hand to finish them off.
The Stags were very unfortunate not to regain the lead on 29 minutes when Matt Hartmann’s shot from the left hand side of the box was touched onto the crossbar by keeper Snelling.
Then five minutes before half time came Archers dismissal for his 2nd yellow and you felt that this may well prove costly for the Stags in the 2nd half.
Half Time: AFC Totton 1 AFC Portchester 1
After the break Totton played like the team with an extra man, their ball retention was excellent and with Pip Nolan in midfield pulling the strings, they didn’t look hampered at all by the loss of Archer.
Just after the hour mark Totton took the lead thanks to Matt HARTMANN’s 1st goal for the club. The Philipino international finished coolly from Feeney’s right wing cross, taking a touch and in doing so fooling a Portchester defender before he calmly rolled the ball into the bottom right hand corner of the net net. It was an excellent goal.
On 67 minutes Totton increased their lead when Matt Bozier carried the ball forward down the left before he lifted the ball over the top, releasing FEENEY who was one on one with Snelling and the Stags striker won the battle putting the ball past him and into the net.
Richard Bakary was really unlucky not to add to the score-line in added time after he smashed a shot against the post from the right side of the box.
In added time that man FEENEY completed his hat trick when a defenders header back to the keeper lacked distance and this allowed the in form Totton striker to nip in and lift the ball past Snelling. This makes it 8 goals already this season for Feeney. In truth Feeney could of had more goals after firing wide on 64 minutes, pulling another shot wide on 72 minutes and having a shot saved by Snelling on 75 minutes.
The performance from the lads this evening gives boss Louis Langdown some food for thought going into Saturdays home match with Basingstoke Town (3pm).
Full time: AFC Totton 4 AFC Portchester 1