Emirates FA Cup 4th Qualifying Round Replay
Concord Rangers 1
HT: 1-1, FT: 1-1, AET: 1-2
It was a heartbreak for Concord Rangers as they lost out to a late goal in their FA Cup 4th Qualifying Round replay against Woking this past Tuesday night at the Aspect Arena.
After coming so close to victory the Saturday prior, the Beachboys were in a buoyant and confident mood as they took to the pitch Tuesday night, but it was the visitors who made an early breakthrough having seemingly started at full throttle.
Just 7 minutes had passed when Inih Effiong beat the offside trap and powered down the right hand side, then squared the ball right into the path of Regan Charles-Cook who calmly slotted the ball past Louis Wells in the Concord goal.
Woking were comfortable then, happy to have the lions share of possession and soak up any pressure that the hosts may throw at them. It worked too, until the Beachboys started to make inroads using Da Costa who’d switched to the left, and Femi Akinwande whose pace started to see success against former Canvey defender Richard Orlu in the Cards back line.
Billy Roast had an incredible bicycle kick tipped over the bar by the Woking ‘keeper on 25 minutes, and the breakthrough wasn’t far behind. It was the previously mentioned pace that eventually paid off as Akinwande found himself clean through, slamming the ball past the advancing Woking ‘keeper to level things up.
This kicked the game into life, with both sides creating chances as the half came to a close.
It was more of the same in the second half, although the Beachboys continued to grow in confidence and were threatening the Cards goal more and more. Whilst it was by no means a one-sided affair, Concord Rangers looked more likely to nick a winner as the time dwindled away. Lewis Taaffe saw a shot rebound out back into himself and creep past the outside of the post, leaving hearts in mouths of all Beachboys fans and a broken mug on the floor…..
Neither side could break that deadlock though, and after 180 minutes of football both sides were still level. Extra time beckoned, and fans nerves were clearly shot by this time having seen both teams come close to scoring on a number of occasions.
The first half of extra time was much like the second of normal time, both sides creating chances, but neither breaking the deadlock. However as the second half of extra time went on, legs were starting to tire and chances were few and far between. The visitors though were still in the fight, and they dealt the knockout blow with just 2 minutes to play as Woking capitalised on what looked to be a goal mouth scramble, Charlie Carter getting the final touch to slam the ball home and send The Cards into the first round of the FA Cup
Match Report by Alan Jessup-Peacock
Wells, Girdlestone (Smith), Brown, Nasha, Knight (King), Roast, Da Costa (Farrell), Lee, Akinwande, Cawley, Taaffe
Unused subs – Topley, Parish, Marsh