Chessington KC vs VWFC
25/03/2017 Chessington KC 3 - 2 Virginia Water
Surrey County Cup
Report by Ceri Jones
All good things come to an end, which is the case here, as Virginia Water’s treble dream was shattered by a 92nd minute winner in a very physical encounter.
To be fair, whilst delighted for Chessington (and Waters wish them well in the final), it was disappointing that the away side only came to life in the second half. Waters were 2-0 down at the break, and it could have been much worse had it not been for some great saves by Matt Jones (joint MoM).
Waters defended shakily and were second best in the first 45 minutes, with Chessington’s goals coming from a penalty, and unlucky own goal that bounced back into the net off of Max Samyint.
Waters had chances in the first half also with Adam McNamara, Ryan Curtis, Paul Burrows and Josh Hill all having shots on goal.
After some soul searching at the interval Waters picked up their game, and there was and should have been one winner – unfortunately for Waters it was the wrong team! Waters got back on terms with two penalties of their own, both converted by Josh Hill.
Waters pressed and pressed for a winner, with Burrows, McNamara, Jake Baker and Steve Williams all having good chances to score, but rarely forcing the home keeper into any decent saves.
Numerous corners and set pieces came and went, and as extra-time loomed with Waters well on top, they needlessly gave away a free kick, which their excellent striker nodded home unchallenged from 8 yards – a body blow!
Waters still had time to equalise, but squandered a few further chances – sadly it was not to be.
Manager Ceri Jones was delighted with the impact off the bench, in particular Dan Whatford (joint MoM), and the returning Tom Curran, both of whom were excellent in ball retention and composure, something Waters unusually lacked in the first half.
Waters win and lose together, and now to focus back on the league with a tough away match at Merrow at the weekend.
Despite the disappointment, Waters will learn from this first defeat of 2017, and only the second in 18 matches - not a bad run in reality!
Onwards and upwards!
MoM = Matt Jones & Dan Whatford