Match Report Tuesday 6th September
READING CITY 3-1 SHEERWATER
Cherry red Records Premier Challenge Cup
The Sheers went out of the cup after a battling performance at the Rivermoor coupled with a complete howler from the officials when the Sheers at 2-1 down and battling for an equaliser the Sheers keeper took the ball that had gone out of play at the goal-line and placed the ball for a goal kick but in came the Cityzens player Connor Richardson to kick the ball into the Sheers net to which to SHEER amazement the referee allowed the goal to stand despite the protests. BIZARRE.
The early exchanges with the Sheers attacking on 5 minutes through Danilo Cadete who skipped past a defender on the left wing and sent in a cross that ended with the hosts' keeper being awarded a free kick for a foul. The Cityzens' free kick on 8 minutes hit the Sheers' wall but was recycled back into the box, a stroke of luck and good defending by the Sheers as the hosts hit the crossbar and two other attempts that were goal bound were kept out. The Sheers opened the scoring from a penalty on 11 minutes as Cameron Edwin sped into the box from a delivery from Danilo Cadete, only to be halted by the hosts' keeper who clattered the Sheerwater forward.
The hosts No 9 got past both the Sheers central defenders and crashes a shot onto the far post to the relief of the Sheers. The citizens draw level on 21 minutes straight from a corner taken by Luke Dumvell that deceived the Sheers defenders in the floodlights as the ball dipped into the net under the crossbar. Sheers break forward on 24 minutes with Hugo Silveira’s darting run into the box that was blocked with the ball falling back to Cameron Edwin who’s effort skimmed the opponents bar.
Following this, The Sheers narrowly escaped with a header off the line and a blocked shot on goal. On 30 minutes the Sheers mounted a good attack, with a cross whipped in by Danilo Cadete that skimmed off the boot of Hugo Silveira straight in front of goal. Within minutes, Sheers' man Hugo Silveira instigated the chance that Cameron Edwin directed just wide of the Cityzens goal.
The Cityzens keeper had to be at full stretch to keep out Callum Coen’s 20 yard effort which was destined for the top corner at 36 minutes. On 38 minutes the hosts go 2-1 up and again the Sheers concede from a corner that they will be kicking themselves for leaving 2 unmarked opposition players at the far post with Gareth Thomas heading home. The Sheers almost concede again just before halftime as the Sheers have to kick the ball off the line from a Sheers defenders intervention of winning the ball off the oppositions player.
In the second half the Sheers battled and worked hard for an equaliser and with the final ball being better they would have achieved at least a draw in the second period.
On 56 minutes good defending from the hosts after a cross directed to Cameron Edwin at the far post is put away for a corner. 65 minutes the Sheers keeper Harvey Rackley-Hayes makes a great save to keep the game interesting. On 73 minutes a bit of magic from Danilo Cadete gets the Sheers a free kick and from the resulting kick the host’s keeper makes a good save. On 81 minutes from a long throw from the Sheers the hosts find a decent header to keep the Sheers out. 85 minutes the Sheers pressing causes panic in the host’s penalty area and the Cityzens survive. The hosts in the closing stages were now making substitutions to break up the Sheers advancements. 88 minutes, the Sheers chance goes away as Rayjon Moore’s header goes the wrong side of the goal.
The Sheers had already made all 5 substitutions in the second period to push for that vital break that failed to happen and became totally frustrated over the 90th injustice of allowing the Cityzens' third goal.
Sheerwater: Harvey Rackley-Hayes, Mark Dunckley, Carl Prestidge, Jack Cleevely, Sam Green, Joe Gritt, Danilo Cadete ©, Callum Coen, Cameron Edwin, Hugo Silveira, Will Shaw, Alfie Gibbons, Jeevan Panesar, Luke Taylor, Josh Dillon, Rayjay Moore