BUCS Western Conference Cup Second Round

Team Solent Firsts 4

(Jordan Godfrey, Giovanni Landu, Jake Dosbell OG, Lewis Danquah)

Marjons Seconds 2

(Kieran Powell, Liam Ariz)

Attendance: 6 (approx. headcount)

Test Park

Test Park, my second home and a hub of football right on the doorstep of my workplace. I was let out of work at 2pm, I knew I would miss kick off but didn’t prepare for the side to kick off a few minutes early and I missed a goal on six minutes, arriving with ten minutes on the clock.

The BUCS games are pretty entertaining, something to do on a Wednesday and I strongly recommend anyone with free time on a Wednesday heading down to their local uni to check out what football is on offer.

The Ground

This is my seventh visit to Test Park this season alone, please check out the rest of my blog to see the reports from earlier in the season.

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The Game

Solent progressed to the next round of the Western Conference Cup at the expense of Marjons seconds who put in a spirited performance.

The home side squandered a two goal lead when Marjons scored twice to pull the scores level before the break before Solent put the game to bed in the second half thanks to an own goal and a Lewis Danquah strike.

Godrey put the home side ahead on six minutes when he finished off a good move to place the ball into the bottom corner.

Solent winger Godfrey went from goal scorer to provider when the home side doubled their lead on 17 minutes with former Bradford City youth player Giovanni Landu volleying in at the back post.

At 2-0, Solent looked comfortable but Marjons managed to pull one back on 28 minutes when Cairo Duhaney-Burton made a mistake allowing Rhys Loosemore to round ‘keeper Jake Tillett and square the ball back to Kieran Powell to smash home.

The woodwork spared Marjons from conceding again when Nick Kerr produced a good chance.

However Solent were left to rue missed chances when Marjons put themselves firmly back into this hotly contested cup tie when Liam Ariz hit a lovely effort from the edge of the box into the top corner. Tillett did look to get close to getting a touch but the strike was always destined for the top corner.

The visitors were on the ascendency and as the game entered the last minute of the half, Loosemore rounded the ‘keeper and shot at the open goal but Jake Armstrong was the life save when he cleared off the line to keep the scores level.

Solent started the second half in style and Jacob Noonan forced a good save from Ross Whitcock in the Majons goal after a good interchange of passing with Kerr.

They soon had the lead again on 50 minutes when Lewis Danquah burst into the box but took too many touches before falling over in the box. Whilst on the floor he managed to nudge the ball into the path of Marjons defender Jake Doswell who managed to bundle the ball past his own ‘keeper and into the net.

Marjons had a good spell on pressure to try and pull the scores level again but Ariz missed a couple of chances either side of substitute Oliver Chalk spooning a shot well wide.

With five minutes left Solent confirmed their spot in the next round when Danquah chested the ball down before edging closer to goal and smashing the ball into the bottom corner.

There was nearly a fifth in the final moments when Kerr’s long range effort took a huge deflection and sent the ball just wide of looping into the top corner.

2016/17 Games: 57

2016/17 Grounds: 45

Total Grounds Visited: 179

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