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Sunday, September 8, 2013
FA Vase: Crawley Green 4 London APSA 5
Josh Thomas hit a hat-trick to send London APSA through to the next stage of the FA Vase after a nine-goal thriller in Sussex.
But the visitors had to do it the hard way, coming from behind three times before booking a place in the second qualifying round.
Matt Baldry headed the hosts in front from Craig Savage’s long throw-in on 10 minutes, but Kofi Kay-Appiah went close to levelling five minutes later with a 30-yard effort.
APSA, following their 4-2 derby win over Sporting Bengal in the Essex Senior League less than 48 hours earlier, got back on terms midway through the first half when Jorge Sambu was brought down in the box and Richard Ofosu fired high into the net from the penalty spot.
Mark Richardson denied Crawley a second on the half hour, only to be beaten by Peter O’Donnell’s free-kick soon after.
But London APSA hit back for a second time before the break when Fahad Nyanja found Thomas, who beat three men on a strong run and saw his long-range effort fumbled over the line by the home keeper.
Crawley moved 3-2 up early in the second half when John Butler poked past Richardson, but APSA squared matters again when Kay-Appiah found Fabio Jesus, whose crossed slipped through the hands of the keeper.
And the visitors took the lead when Kay-Appiah played a superb 60-yard ball for Thomas to fire past Bart Pedrycz for his second goal of the tie.
An outstanding save from Richardson kept out O’Donnell’s volley and he pulled off two more important stops as the hosts looked to respond.
They proved vital as APSA went 5-3 up on 87 minutes when Junior Konadu played in Thomas to fire into the roof of the net and complete his hat-trick.
And although Richard Pringle replied for Crawley from the spot in the last minute of normal time, after Nyanja was adjudged to have handled, APSA held on for victory ahead of their derby clash at Clapton next weekend.
APSA: Richardson, Agyekum, Beaupierre, Nyanja, Kay-Appiah, Ofosu, Konadu, Sambu (Adeyemi 87), Warren, Jesus (Ogunwole 60) (Theobalds 87), Thomas. Unused subs: Rothon, Nunes.
*Sporting Bengal booked their place in the next round of the FA Vase with a 3-0 win at FC Broxbourne Borough.
But Clapton had to settle for a point from their Essex Senior League clash at Hullbridge after a goalless draw, while London Bari slipped to a 2-0 defeat against Great Wakering at the Old Spotted Dog.
Clapton host Great Wakering in the league cup on Tuesday, while Sporting Bengal visit Stansted.