U18’s edged out on pens after 8 goal thriller.
Hampshire FA Sunday 18 Cup – 2nd Round
Sunday 11th November 2:00pm
University of Portsmouth Langstone Campus
Baffins Milton Rovers 4 – 4 AFC Totton (5-3 Pens)
The Young Stags suffered a cup exit by the lottery of a penalty shootout, having played for 70 minutes of normal time with only 10 men.
Prior to kick off, both sets of players & spectators observed a minute’s silence in respect of Remembrance Sunday. On a blustery afternoon on the 3G pitch, Totton had an early chance with only 2 minutes gone. James Matthews threaded the ball out to Connor Stevens, who cut inside from the left before shooting into the side netting.
With 5 minutes gone, Baffins took the lead from a free kick just inside the Totton half. The ball played into the box was flicked on, then headed over keeper Oscar Clark. Totton equalised after 10 minutes when Sam Muddiman ran onto a Shahram Jalal pass and fired the ball home from a tight angle 12 yards out.
Totton went close after 17 minutes when Connor Stevens went down the left and crossed to Shahram Jalal, who headed over the bar. With 20 minutes gone Totton were reduced to 10 men following a scuffle in the Totton penalty area. Patryk Lachowicz was shown a straight red card and 2 Baffins players were booked following a lengthy lecture from the referee.
On 30 minutes, Totton were awarded a free kick 30 yards out and Sam Richardson saw his effort go just wide. Shortly afterwards Sam Muddiman saw his free kick punched away by the keeper. As the game moved into stoppage time, full back Sam Richardson collected the ball, cut inside and drilled a 30 yard shot into the bottom corner of the goal.
Half Time: Baffins Milton Rovers 1-2 AFC Totton
Totton started the second half well and won a free kick on 55 minutes. Sam Muddiman drove the ball just wide of the goal. The 10 men of Totton deservedly increased their lead on 58 minutes. Good work from James Matthews picked out Sam Muddiman on the edge of the box. His ferocious shot crashed back down off the crossbar, with Matt Wotton quickest to respond to slot the ball home.
On 63 minutes a Connor Stevens pass picked out Jack Diaper, who shot just wide from the edge of the penalty area. Baffins pulled a goal back on 75 minutes when a free kick into the box wasn’t dealt with and the Baffins striker scored. On 80 minutes Matt Wotton flicked the ball to James Matthews, but his shot from the edge of the box was saved by keeper.
We then saw 3 goals scored in a frantic final 5 minutes of the game. On 86 minutes Baffins made it 3-3 when a long range shot flew over keeper Oscar Clark. A minute later Baffins took the lead from a corner, when the ball was kicked home following several ricochets in the penalty area. Incredibly, Totton drew level on 89 minutes when Connor Stevens rolled the ball back to Sam Muddiman. His shot from the edge of the box was spilled by the keeper and Matt Wotton poked the ball home.
Full Time: Baffins Milton Rovers 4-4 AFC Totton
The game was then decided by the lottery of a penalty shoot-out with the home side winning 5-3.
Although very disappointed to exit the cup, the young Stags should take great heart with this performance having played so well for 70 minutes, controlling most of the game with only 10 men. Next week the Young Stags return to league action with a home game against Brockenhurst.