Cup cheer for Ilford
PUBLISHED: 08:32 01 October 2015 | UPDATED: 08:32 01 October 2015
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Ilford 3 Saffron Walden Town 2
Ilford booked their place in the third round of the county cup after a five-goal thriller at Cricklefield Stadium last night.
Allan Fenn’s Foxes went into the tie against the Bloods on the back of a last-gasp home loss to Essex Senior League rivals FC Romania at the weekend, but got their noses in front on 12 minutes thanks to Ryan Young’s controlled finish.
The home side were reduced to 10 men midway through the first half, though, when Karolis Atutis was dismissed for a second bookable offence, which also saw his concede a penalty.
And Saffron Walden hit back from the spot to level through Thomas.
The visitors saw keeper Floyd Croll given his marching orders on 35 minutes, however, for denying Carl Mullings a goalscoring opportunity and Glen Warwick smashed the resulting penalty past defender Jamie Solkhon, who had taken over the gloves.
But an action-packed first half ended all square as Saffron’s Joe Murphy stabbed home from close range after Ben Lawrence’s header in the 45th minute.
Ilford regained the lead midway through the second half when Young hit the post from a long throw-in and Chris Webber fired home the loose ball.
But the Foxes had to thank Ally McAnally for saving an 86th-minute Bloods penalty from Thomas, awarded after Justus Paliulis had fouled Spike Bell, as they joined Barking in the next round.
Barkingside, Dagenham & Redbridge, Hornchurch, Redbridge and Romford will also join the competition after being exempt to this point, with the draw to be made on Wednesday October 7.
Warwick tweeted: “Absolutely buzzing after a win like that. Through to the next round of the #EssexSeniorCup #COYF @ilfordfcfoxes.”
Boss Fenn tweeted: “Great to see some good old friends. Very proud of the boys. Well done lads.”
Newham crashed out of the competition after a 5-0 home defeat against Basildon United at Chadfields.
First-half goals from Ben Clarke, Brad Hunter, Jordan Williams and Rob Clarke put the Bees firmly on top.
And Fahad Nyanja completed the nap hand from the penalty spot two minutes from time, after Clark had hit the post with a header.
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