Cowes Sports held Southern League Larkhall to a draw at Westwood Park on Saturday August 20 in the FA Cup preliminary round despite the red cards of Harri Catania and goalkeeper Ed Hatt.
The Yachtsmen took the lead from the 10th minute against the Southern League sides when Harri Catania sent a sublime left-footed lob from 25 meters on James Walker in the Larkhall goal (1-0).
The island side appeared to be more than a match for their top league opponents until a 32nd-minute incident in which Catania launched a reckless challenge for a 50/50 ball, leading to a scrum between the 2 teams during which Henry West was knocked down. on the ground by Larkhall’s captain, Dan Restorick. After consulting with his assistants, referee Thomas Farr sent off Catania and booked Restorick.
Half time: Cowes Sports 1-0 Larkhall Athletic
The Cowes Hatt keeper pulled in a fine save in the 50th minute, but for most of the 2nd half the Yachtsman absorbed considerable pressure from the away side without coming close to conceding a goal.
With 4 minutes to go, Hatt was sent off for a professional foul on the edge of the penalty area. Morgan Perrin stepped in to take the goalkeeper jersey. Owen Taylor came on the outside to send the resulting free kick to Perrin’s right and into the net (1-1).
Full-time: Cowes Sports 1-1 Larkhall Athletic
Cowes Sports: Hatt, White, Dempsey, Perrin, O.West. H. West (Conway), Catania, Hayward (Coode), J. Neale (McFarlane), Phillips (c), Ahmed Subs not used: C.Neale, Jackson, Voller, Pearson
After the match, Larkhall manager Ollie Price said:
“We played way short of our ability, but it was just a matter of staying in the hat. I thought the referee had a good game and the two expulsions were justified. I knew Cowes would be in, and they played really well. Their guy up front, Eli Ahmed, had a great game.
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Cowes manager Max Draper said:
“We were the authors of our own downfall today. We have to deal with the discipline issues. It was an impressive performance with 9 men against a Southern League team. We were on fire, but we should have crossed the line anyway.
Port were knocked out of the FA Cup preliminary round by Wessex Premier side Stoneham.
The Purples hit the port twice before taking the lead through a 31st-minute Jim Orvis penalty to lead 1-0 at half-time.
Stoneham hit the woodwork twice again in the 2nd half before Duate Martins secured victory for the Eastleigh-based side with an 82nd-minute header (2-0). Substitute Finn Smith – the youngest goalscorer in FA Cup history – was unlucky not to score his 2nd goal in 2 FA Cup games when he had a shot blocked in the 84th minute by the Stoneham keeper.
Full-time: Stoneham 2-0 Newport IW
Newport IW: Pitman, Colson, Lamb, Barron, Pearce, Triggs, Kelly, Reynolds, Browne, Younie, Butcher Subtitles: Wetherick, Phillips, Craig, Streeter
In Wessex Division One, East Cowes Vics – the only Isle of Wight side to remain unbeaten at the start of Saturday’s game – were narrowly beaten by New Forest side Ringwood Town.
Ringwood scored first through Pat Correia (1-0), with Toby Snow equalizing for Vics (1-1). However, another strike from Ringwood’s Ryan Hamm (2-1) saw Vics trail at half-time.
Vics went further behind with an own goal in the 2nd half (3-1) before Coner Lyon pulled back a goal for the East Cowes side (3-2). However, Vics’ chances of coming back through the Solent with a point were dashed when Harrison Berry was dismissed for a 2nd yellow card.
Full-time: Ringwood Town 3-2 East Cowes Vics
East Cowes Vic: Ram, Newbold, Woodford, Berry, White, Lyon, Chapman, Yates, Cant, Snow, Marsek Subtitles: Walsh, Kettell, Lacey
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