Spot-on Redbridge set up Hornchurch clash
PUBLISHED: 10:00 17 December 2014
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Essex Senior Cup fourth round: Redbridge 1 Canvey Island 1 (4-2 pens)
Redbridge produced more drama last night to knock Ryman Premier outfit Canvey Island out of the Essex Senior Cup and earn themselves a shot at local rivals Hornchurch in the quarter-finals.
Dave Ross and Rickie Eaton’s side progressed 4-2 on penalties against the Islanders, after Mark Nougher had equalised in the second minute of injury time.
Charlie Barlow and Joe Carter missed spot-kicks for the visitors, before Chinedu McKenzie scored the decisive penalty for the hosts to delight the Oakside crowd.
The Motormen started strongest of the two sides, with Aaron Scott firing narrowly over with the game just seven minutes old.
Canvey slowly got into the match and Marlon Agyakwa went close on a couple of occasions, but it remained goalless at the break.
Bostry Bansende might have given Redbridge the lead after 52 minutes, however Tim Brown saved his header and the ball was cleared before McKenzie could pounce.
Two minutes later and the visitors punished Ross and Eaton’s side as Dan King whipped in a corner for Ashley Dumas to head home the opening goal.
Charlie Parish nearly produced an exquisite equaliser just past the hour mark, but his 40-yard effort was brilliantly saved by the backpedaling Brown.
And home substitute Shane Wallace could only shoot wide with 10 minutes remaining, despite having the goal at his mercy.
The Motormen pressure would eventually tell, though, as Nougher smashed a loose ball in from eight-yards-out, deep into injury time, to take the game to penalties.
Nougher and Agyakwa both scored for Redbridge and Canvey, before Aaron Tatham hit the crossbar for the hosts.
But Barlow missed for the visitors, before Wallace put the Motormen back into the lead.
Carter failed to hit the target for the Islanders, before Parish scored to virtually set up a sudden death scenario.
King set up a tense finish with a well taken penalty for Canvey and it was left to McKenzie to win the game and he duly delivered to put Redbridge through and set up a tie with another Ryman Premier club.
Redbridge: Avery, Tatham, Winn (Abitogun 69), Thomas, Parish, Nougher, Bansende, Murphy (May 77), McKenzie, Scott, Espirito Santo (Wallace 79).
Unused substitute: Moses.
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