Monday, 17 December 2018

Donegan’s late spot kick enough to secure cup for Emmer Green

EMMER GREEN won the Tilehurst Charity Cup at Madejski Stadium last Thursday.

EMMER GREEN won the Tilehurst Charity Cup at Madejski Stadium last Thursday.

The Reading and District League Senior Division side defeated Richfield Rovers 3-2 after extra time to lift the trophy for the second time in the club’s history.

John Donegan put Emmer Green ahead with a bullet header from a Daniel Donegan corner. Emmer Green were evenly matched by their opponents who finished three places above them in the league and it was Rovers who were on target next to level the scores just before half-time.

Emmer Green took the lead again five minutes into the start of the second half. Daniel Donegan squared the ball to Ciaran Crean who curled the ball into the bottom right hand corner.

Luke Donegan and Chris Pilling then left the field due to injury and were replaced by Chris Read and Matt Fox respectively.

Goalkeeper Mark Compton pulled off a string of fine saves to keep Emmer Green ahead but Richfield Rovers eventually equalised 15 minutes from time.

Craig Eastwood had a couple of good chances to win the game for Emmer Green, getting on the end of some good balls from brother Richard, but could not convert. Dave Mortimer tried his luck with a good run from the back but the scores remained level to take the match into extra time.

Emmer Green came out the strongest in extra time and had the better of the chances but tired legs were setting in. Read had a chance at the back post but couldn’t find the net.

Eastwood made way for Bartosz Rochatka for the last 15 minutes who found himself through on goal with only a defender and the keeper to beat but was brought down just inside the box. The defender was shown a red and Daniel Donegan stepped up to convert the spot kick with two minutes remaining.

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