Donegans goals help fire 10-man Emmer Green into cup final
TWO goals from Daniel Donegan helped visitors Emmer Green set up a Madejski Stadium return for
TWO goals from Daniel Donegan helped visitors Emmer Green set up a Madejski Stadium return for the final of the Tilehurst Charity Cup.
The villagers, who won the cup back in 2014, defeated hosts Richfield Rovers Reserves in the semi-final last Sunday to set up their May final date.
Emmer Green were dealt an early blow as goalkeeper Mark Compton was sent off after just nine minutes following a foul just outside the area.
Despite being a man short Emmer Green rallied and took the lead on 30 minutes when Luke Donegan was bundled over in the box and captain Daniel Donegan converted from the spot. Richfield Rovers equalised soon after before John Donegan headed home two minutes later to make it 2-1 to Emmer Green at half-time.
In the second half Emmer Green kept the pressure on Rovers and got just reward after good work from Ben Gonzalez to win the ball back and set Luke Donegan away down the line. Luke Donegan found brother Daniel on the edge of the box who touched it past one player and fired into the top left hand corner.
Richfield pulled one back from the penalty spot as stand-in keeper Dave Mortimer couldn’t keep the ball out after Richard Eastwood had handled in the area on the hour mark.
Chris Read, Brendon Agnew and Ciaran Crean all had chances to seal the game for the visitors but couldn’t convert.
In a tense finish Emmer Green held on with their 10 men to secure a final place at Reading Football Club’s Madejski Stadium against Richfield Rovers, Woodley United or Roebuck.