Sports' trophy joy after Lawlor's late header
12:02pm Wednesday 30th October 2013 in Sport
SULLY SPORTS FC 2
THE local South Wales Senior Soccer League side reached the fourth round of the FAW Trophy competition with a great victory over opponents playing in the Third Division of the Macwhirter Welsh League.
With manager Jimmy Blackie absent auditioning for a part in 'Neighbours(!)' and coach Mike Fowler absent but spotted in the stands at Crystal Palace, Spencer Lamb stepped up to assist in coaching duties.
Sully played with the wind and up the slope in the first half and, in the opening minutes, pressed hard, with Alex Long, Dan Lawlor and Hanlon making themselves known to the visiting defenders and McIinery, Brown and Townsend competing hard for possession. With Sports skipper James encouraging his players to get the ball down and play, Wes Lamb kept a lively visiting left winger really quiet. Playing alongside last season’s junior player of the season Gavin Beddard, who was returning from a lay off in an defensive role, Ed Jones played with his usual assurance and the experienced pair were well in control at the back.
Although Sully had half chances through Long, Hanlon and Lawlor, Lliswerry probably enjoyed a little more territorial advantage in the first half but had a few chances and found home 'keeper Sharratt in fine form. However, they achieved the breakthrough in the 29th minute when a chip from Josh Brown was only half blocked by Sharratt.
The first half was, however, far from distinguished in footballing terms and surprisingly bad tempered, and the referee was kept busy as Lliswerry lost discipline despite leading.
Sully showed more purpose in the second half and began to take more control, with Hanlon and Long going close and Lawlor getting some rough treatment from the Lliswerry centre backs. With the wind having dropped, the football flowed, but the whole affair was still niggly.
Sully replaced the hard-working Townsend, Beddard and Hanlon with Aiden Lewis, Lewis James and Connor Ogden and, on 75 minutes, a Long shot hit the post and ran out for a corner. With the Sully spectators still hopeful with five minutes remaining of normal time, Lewis and Dan James were now pulling the strings and another run into the box ended with Long being hauled back for a clear penalty. Despite a lengthy period of dissent and discussion from Lliswery players with the lone official, Long kept his cool and sent the resultant spot kick high to the 'keeper's left for the equaliser.
With the game appearing to be heading for extra-time, Sully, who now had the momentum, forced a corner and McInery's cross was headed home at the back post by Lawlor.
Although Lliswerry were suddenly seized by the need to equalise, Sully progressed to the next round and an away game against Treowen Stars or Cwm Welfare on November 23.
Thanks are once again extended to Sian Lee (physio) for her great work.
This Saturday, November 2, Sully return to league action at home to Cwmbach; players to report by 12.30pm.
SULLY SPORTS 9
FC PUMAS 1
Sully’s Vale League side entertained local rivals FC Pumas and romped to a First Division win.
The challenge from assistant manager James Kedward was for Sully to maintain their form after the previous weekend's victory and this they did to surge into a 6-0 half-time lead.
Sully's marksmen were Kyle Lewis (three), Spud (two), Dave Kavanagh, Liam Hobbs, Scott Grayson and Kieron Ashton.
The side's next game on November 2 is away to FC Barry.