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Scorers : Devane Bongou 76  /  Owen Roundell 79 (Sholing win 4-2 on Penalties)

Date: Tuesday 19 November 2019 - 7:45pm - Southern League Challenge Cup Second Round

Venue: Gang Warily

Blackfield & Langley : Lewis Noice, Georges Cathline Yobo, Adam Tomasso, Mohammed Saadi, Joshua Harfield ©, Jordan Rose, Luke Rae (Sam Griffin 65), Devane Bongou, Lerone Plummer (Joshua Mccormick 55), Fatah Makhloufi, Shaquille Gwengwe (Hisham Kasimu 75). Unused subs : Charlie Gunson, Adeoye Olumuyiwa.

Yellow Cards:

Sholing: Ryan Gosney, Tobi Falodi, Marv McLean (Lee Wort 63), Owen Roundell, Dan Miller ©, Owen Royl, Brad Targett, James Lauder, Raheem Kelson (Stuart Green 27), Alex Sawyer (Jamie Bulpitt 46), Jake Hoole.  Unused subs : Dan Mason, TJ Cuthbertson

Yellow Cards: Jamie Bulpitt

Attendance: 58 (approx 25 Sholing fans)

Referee: Barrie Small  Assistants: Richard Sargeant & Harry Redman

Ryan Gosney saved a penalty and scored the winning spot kick as Sholing won a shootout to advance in the Southern League Challenge Cup. 

Team News: Byron missed out through injury as Diapes gave Falodi, Royl & Lauder starts, along with former Sholing Reserve player, Raheem Kelson.  Blackfield had a strong team out, that contained 9 players who featured in their Southern League Premier game on Saturday.

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There wasn't much action in the opening exchanges to warm a sparse crowd, half of which were Sholing supporters.  Brad Targett failed to get his head to a decent cross, when he found himself unmarked in the middle of the box. Then Marv got past the right back, but his fired in cross was too far ahead of any arriving teammates.  

Blackfield had the first attempt on target on 24 minutes when a freekick was awarded just outside the Sholing box.  The effort was curled over the wall and seemed to be heading in until a terrific diving save by Gosney pushed it round the upright.  Down the other end and Brad Targett struck a shot from 25 yards that had the keeper worried as it flashed across him, but just wide.  HT 0-0

Blackfield increased the tempo of their play in the second half, dominating possession and camping in the Boatmen's half, although without creating much to worry Gosney, who saw several long range shots sail past him. Boatmen defence was doing well, with Tobi Falodi impressing at right back.  Apart from Green sending a chipped effort wide, Sholing didn't trouble the home keeper until substitute, Lee Wort, rounded Noice, but saw his effort blocked with the follow up shot somehow cleared over his own crossbar by Rose from only a yard out.

The home side broke the deadlock on 76 mins when a break down the left wing saw an inviting ball played into the middle of the box and it was met with a firm downward header by Devane Bongou, who gave Gos no chance.  Sholing were level only 3 minutes later when a set-piece was only partially cleared to OWEN ROUNDELL, on the left side of the penalty area and his low cross back into the middle had the Blackfield defence all telling each other to leave it, expecting it to go harmlessly wide, but instead the ball nestled gently just inside the far post.

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The game opened up now and Brad Targett went on a surging run past several Blackfield players as he sped through the middle, but with Green & Wort free either side of him, he tried to beat one man too many and was dispossessed on the edge of the box.  The home side looked to be in down the right channel, but Gosney rushed quickly off his line to smother the effort.  It had taken 87 minutes, but the traditional flare-up between the two sides took place after a late tackle by Bully, who received a yellow.  The referee deciding against any punishment for some of the pushing & shoving that followed.  Blackfield had two good chances in the dying minutes, but wasted both as the game ended all square, with penalties deciding the winner.  FT 1-1

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Blackfield scored their first pen, as did Sholing as Stu Green fired in off the post.  Ryan Gosney pulled off a fantastic save high to his right to give the Boatmen an early advantage. James Lauder confidently slotted in our second pen, before Gos got a hand to Blackfield's next spot kick, but it just had the power to beat him.  Jake Hoole smashed an unsaveable effort into the top corner, with Blackfield then blasting an effort that sailed over the bar and thudded against the clubhouse building way behind the goal.  Gosney decided to take the next penalty to win the shootout and duly sent his opposite number the wrong way, firing into the bottom corner.  FT 1-1 (2-4 Pens)

Next Game : Sholing v Paulton Rovers - Saturday 23 Nov 3pm - FA Trophy

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