Paddons inspire Redbridge to shoot-out glory in Vase
PUBLISHED: 13:15 05 March 2015
Success elsewhere for women’s first and second teams as well as men’s academy
Redbridge & Ilford men’s first team had plenty of reason to cheer as Charlie Paddon helped them book a spot in the semi-final’s of the NOW: Pensions Men’s Vase.
After sharing six goals with Berkswell & Balsall Common, penalty flicks were needed to settle the tie and Paddon saved one to help Redbridge secure a 4-1 win and go one step closer to the final at Lee Valley Park.
Redbridge had decided to stay in a hotel on Saturday night before their match the following morning in Coventry.
And they started strongly, but neither team could make the breakthrough during the opening half of the quarter-final clash.
Berkswell scored the first goal of the game after the restart, but Aidie Palmer quickly levelled things for Reds.
However the hosts responded to retake the lead before James Paddon equalised for the away side shortly afterwards.
Palmer put them into the lead with just 10 minutes remaining, but the hosts were able to hit back and force flicks.
Palmer, Kulraj Rihal, Michael McMahon, James Paddon and Ian Rawlinson were the men picked to send Redbridge through and they went ahead when Palmer converted his flick.
Charlie Paddon saved the first Berkswell flick and Rihal scored after being forced to retake his first flick to make it 2-0.
The hosts hit back for 2-1, but McMahon kept up the visitors’ advantage by scoring and Berkswell missed their third to give James Paddon the chance to send Redbridge through.
He duly obliged to book a last four clash at Crawley on March 22.
The men had been victorious the day before as braces from Palmer and Marc Tovell inspired them to a 5-1 win over Thurrock. Aneel Mahmood also netted.
The women’s first team beat Wapping seconds 1-0 after Jen Pearce scored. The seconds had Emily Gibson to thank after she scored a treble to help them edge a seven-goal thriller with Oakway. Meenal Kansagra was also on target.
The third team could only draw with Waltham Forest fourths after Karla Shepherd found the net.
The men’s second team suffered a heavy 6-2 defeat to Havering seconds despite strikes from Dev Sira and Sunny Rehal, while Hansal Vaikkath’s goal for the thirds was a consolation in a 7-1 loss to Saffron Walden fifths.
The academy won 4-2 against Waltham Forest Otters after Dave Gardner (2), Matt Ruddick and Augus Kearin were on target.
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