Hayes & Yeading’s first team moved through to the semi-finals of the Middlesex Senior Cup on at the SKYex on Tuesday evening courtesy of a 3-0 victory over neighbours Southall who in a previous round had knocked out holders Barnet.
With Manager Paul Hughes fielding a very strong United side, it was his side that almost drew first blood in fortuitous fashion after less than two minutes when Jean-Baptiste Fischer, in a unaccustomed left-back role, crossed from the left and with the ball missing all and sundry in the middle it came back off the far post with the Southall defence clearing the ball to safety.
Just before the 20 minute mark both teams were reduced to ten men in two separate incidents. First to be shown a red card by referee Mr Hasanaj was United’s Adam Liddle who appeared to retaliate after being shoved inauspiciously into the perimeter fencing. The visitors didn’t give themselves a chance to capitalise though as a late high tackle by Kevin Diomande saw the referee pull out another red card just two minutes after the first and it was ten apiece.
Five minutes later once play had settled down, United struck the same post again, this time a curling effort from Moses Emmanuel came back into play and was once again cleared by the Southall defence.
After 34 minutes the deadlock was finally broken and not surprisingly it was United who found the net, Emmanuel sliding the ball neatly through to Hassan Jalloh who made no mistake by coolly slotting the ball past Elliot Krasniqi in the visitors goal.
United continued to apply pressure on the visitors goal from then on, Fischer cut inside from the left but Krasniqi held his low shot and shortly after a smart move involving Fischer, Jalloh and Amos Nasha set up a chance for Emmanuel but his effort was just too high.
As we hit the 45 minute mark Emmanuel raced through on goal only to be foiled by Krasniqi who stood firm and blocked the strikers effort away leaving United with a single goal advantage at the break.
It took United just four minutes after the resumption to double the lead. Danny Green won possession wide on the right and moved towards the side of the box and despite being tugged back, referee Hasanaj played an excellent advantage, and Green fed the ball to Nasha who stroked it past Krasniqi from the edge of the box.
Just before the hour mark Krasniqi kept his side in the game, Fischer fed the ball in from the left to Emmanuel, his shot was blocked and the ball flew back to Fischer who hit a superb volley that the stopper did well to push over the crossbar.
Simon Grant who had been almost redundant in the United goal was required a few moments later when Luke Heneghan fired in a free-kick from the left aiming for the near post, Grant however handled the effort without concern.
United sealed the deal in the 83rd minute as two substitutes combined, Reece Cole carried the ball forwards from the middle of the park before finding Taylor Miles who fired home from inside the box.
A fourth could have come in the final minute as Emmanuel found Jamie Hanlon, his super pass with the outside of his boot sent Flaherty away but he was denied by Krasniqi’s outstretched boot and the game closed out with United progressing to the semi-finals.
Report by Kevin Watts.
Photos by Anthony Mills.
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